After getting its first win of the season by forfeit, Pleasant Valley battled White Plains before putting away the win late.
“Our kids rose to the occasion,” Raiders head coach Jeff Davis said. “They’ve been down for the last three weeks. They fought their butts off and didn’t have anything to show for it. I’m excited for our kids and the way they played to get a victory.”
The game was a nail-biter. It saw five lead changes and neither team could put the other away until the final minutes.
Pleasant Valley (2-3) seemed to put away White Plains (2-3) while leading 28-18 with 8:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats’ junior running back, Rod Young, had other plans. Young broke off a 65-yard run for a touchdown that made it 28-24.
The Raiders remained composed and went on an eight-play, 65-yard drive that was capped off by junior running back Drew Lewiski’s 14-yard touchdown run. That made it 35-24 with 2:07 remaining.
Any hopes of a Wildcat comeback were crushed when Hunter Carr snagged his second interception of the night.
The game ended with the Raiders running a play they have not gotten to run all season — the quarterback kneel.
Drew Lewiski finished with 211 rushing yards and three TDs on runs of 2, 30 and 14 yards.
“Everything was open,” Lewiski said. “The holes were as big as I’ve ever seen them. I have to pick up the line on that one, and my fullback.”
“I think the offensive line did a tremendous job,” Davis added. “Dalton Bean had a great night blocking.”
Pleasant Valley’s senior quarterback Lucas Ford completed 5 of 9 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdown passes were to Dustin Andrews for 3 and 14 yards.
For White Plains, Rod Young finished with 191 yards rushing with two touchdowns on runs of 21 and 65 yards.
“He ran hard,” said Heath Harmon, head coach of the Wildcats. “I thought Colton Reid ran hard. Guys played good. I thought we blocked a little better.”
Reid rushed for a 20-yard touchdown. Kolby Burgess also rushed for a 60-yard touchdown.
Harmon went on to say how proud he was of his guys for “fighting through adversity.”
“I thought our kids fought hard the whole game,” he said. “We faced a lot of adversity out there tonight. I’ve been doing this 17 years and that was a lot of adversity tonight.”
Next week, Pleasant Valley looks to stretch its winning streak to three games when the Raiders host Fultondale on Friday.