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PLEASANT VALLEY — Ohatchee scored a narrow 21-13 win over the Pleasant Valley Raiders on Friday night to improve to 3-1.

The Indians led 21-7 at halftime, and Ohatchee head coach Scott Martin wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance after intermission. Pleasant Valley held the Indians scoreless in the second half, scored a touchdown and came close to tying the game on multiple occasions.

“A win is a win,” Martin said. “We’ll take them any way we can get them. If we’d been on the other side of the (score) we’d have been disappointed.”

Domonique Thomas had 126 rushing yards in the game, 106 of those coming in the first half alone, as well as a touchdown. Jesse Sellers had 62 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Greyson Alward passed for 44 yards and ran for a touchdown. In total the Indians had nearly 300 yards of total offense on the night.

Ethan Borders did the bulk of the work for the Raiders, putting up 138 rushing yards and both touchdowns. Quarterback Brody Phillips passed for 95 yards and Caden Turner had 80 yards receiving. They finished with around 230 yards total.

“We didn’t do a good job of flipping the field, but my hat's off to our defense,” Martin said. “While we didn’t play as good as we would have liked to, we played well enough to not let them score enough points to beat us. I’m proud of our team’s effort. We’re 3-1, 1-1 in the region, and we’re looking forward to being home next week.”

Pleasant Valley scored only one touchdown in the first half and had just 100 yards of offense to Ohatchee’s nearly 260 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders managed another score late in the game but missed other scoring opportunities. Head coach Jonathan Nix said his team’s youth was partially to blame for mental errors, but that overall he was proud of his team’s effort.

“I’m proud of them for not giving up, and for making halftime adjustments,” He said. “Overall we lost, but the kids are fighting hard and we have to find a way to win. That’s what we want — to win.”

The Indians opened strong on their first drive from scrimmage scoring off a Thomas 1-yard run. Little to no mistakes in the first half kept them moving. Alward ran 44 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter to put the Indians up 14-0.

Pleasant Valley punted twice in a row, and on Ohatchee’s next drive, Sellers took it 10 yards for the 21-0 lead. With fewer than two minutes left in the half, Borders gave the Raiders a leg up by running 72 yards for a touchdown cutting the lead to 21-7 going into halftime.

Out of the half the Raiders played with a purpose, but only managed to score one more touchdown off a 1-yard Borders’ run. The extra point was unsuccessful.