CURTIS — The Medicine Valley Raiders put up 566 yards of total offense, and Ty Contrerez found the endzone on four different occasions, as the Raiders downed Garden County 64-42 in the second round of the D2 State Football Playoffs. The Raiders will now travel to Giltner on Tuesday for quarterfinal action.
Medicine Valley coach Scott Johnson was expecting a tussle from the Eagles.
“We knew going into the game Garden County was a heck of a ballclub and it was going to be a battle and it turned out to be a battle,” Johnson said. “We jumped on them early in the first half and maybe thought we had too much of a cushion.
“[Garden County] played great the second half and turned it into a ballgame. I was proud of the kids the way they responded there in the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter. We made some plays of our own and we’re happy to move on.”
It didn’t take the Eagles long to strike, as Devon Sullivan took the opening kickoff back 77 yards for the first score of the game. With 11 minutes, 48 seconds left in the first quarter the Eagles led 6-0, as the PAT run was short.
But the Raiders, off the arm of quarterback Riley Garey, scored three successive touchdowns to jump out to an 20-6 advantage. Garey first found Lucas Gleisberg on a 22-yard pass and then 3 minutes later connected with Ty Contrerez on an 8-yard pass for a score.
Gleisberg was on the receiving end of Garey’s third TD pass of the quarter, and with 3:05 to go in the opening quarter the Raiders enjoyed a 20-6 lead.
Medicine Valley was without the services of junior Quinten Chancellor, out with an injury, but the Raiders would get their offensive production from a number of players.
“With Quinton in the game we’re kind of a five-headed monster,” Johnson said.
“We’ve got five kids that can carry the ball.
“You look at our stats for the season and nobody has a whole bunch. [Teams] try to key on one person and we have another that can make the play.
“That’s what has made us effective.”
Sullivan put the Raiders on the board again, as he scored his second TD of the game, this time on a 47-yard run. Sullivan played a part in all six of the Raiders scores on the day, either running or throwing.
Cody Aspenleiter broke loose for a 32-yard touchdown run on the Raiders next possession, breaking a tackle on the 13 for the final score of the quarter.
After holding the Eagles to a three-and-out on their next possession, Chase Barthel took the handoff right up the middle, scoring on the first snap from 43 yards.
Sullivan hit Tristen Jackson on a 46-yard scoring pass for Garden County, but the Raiders came right back with two more scores to close out first-half action and claim a 52-22 lead.
“We knew both teams had pretty good quick offenses,” said Johnson. “They threw a few things at us we hadn’t seen of their double wing, but we were real proud of our kids the way they stepped up.”
The Eagles outscored the Raiders 20-12 in the second half. Johnson knew the Eagles would give his team their best.
“They have some great running backs and great talent on that team and they made some big plays early in the game,” the coach said.
“We talked about not letting them have the big plays.
“If they did, we needed to make them earn it and drive 50 or 60 yards.
“We played hard the second half, but give Garden County credit, they didn’t just come out the second half and roll over. They put up a fight the second half and made us earn it.
“That’s the way it’s been all year — start hard the first quarter. We haven’t been used to playing a full four quarters and maybe we weren’t used to that. We’ll go see what Giltner has to offer and give it our best shot.”
Medicine Valley statistics:
Rushing — Riley Garey - 13/119; Chase Barthel – 15/115/ 2; Ty Contrerez – 10/102/2; Cody Aspenleiter – 13/77/1.
Passing — Garey – 8/13 for 148 –4 TD;
Receiving — Gleisberg – 5/49/2; Contrerez – 3/63/2.
Defense — Tackles – Barthel12; Gleisberg – 10; Contrerez – 6; Rulon Taylor – 5; Keith Towne – 5.
Team stats: Rushing —416; Passing — 9/16/150; Total — 566.
Garden County statistics:
Rushing — Devon Sullivan – Devon Sullivan – 12/51/2; Tristen Jackson – 12/30.
Passing — Sullivan – 6/16/150/3; Jackson – 2/4/66.
Receiving — Jackson – 3/129/2; J.C. Toepfer – 3/21/1.
Team stats: Rushing — 81; Passing — 8/21/216; Total — 297.
Garden County (9-1)..............................14 8 6 14 — 42
Medicine Valley (10-0)............................28 24 0 12 — 64
GC: Devon Sullivan 77 kickoff return (PAT no good)
MV: Lucas Gleisberg 22 pass from Riley Garey (PAT no good)
MV: Ty Contrerez 25 pass from Garey (PAT no good)
MV: Gleisberg 8 pass from Garey (Chase Barthel run good)
GC: Sullivan 47 run (Layne McCarthy run good)
MV: Cody Aspenleiter 32 run
MV: Barthel 43 run (Barthel run good)
GC: Jackson 46 pass from Sullivan (Sullivan run good)
MV: Barthel 15 run
MV: Contrerez 11 run (Bleisberg from Barthel good)
GC: Sullivan 1 run
MV: Contrerez 36 pass from Garey
GC: Jackson 35 pass from Sullivan
GC: J.D. Toepfer 11 pass from Sullilvan (Layne McCarthy from Sullivan)
MV: Contrerez 44 run