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The (2-1) Washington CH Blue Lions scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat the Paint Valley Bearcats 32-29. The Bearcats led 29-12 with 10:08 left in the game, when WCH started their come-back.
WCH scored on their opening drive as Troy Thompson connected with AJ Dallmayer on a 22 yard TD pass at 6:23 of the first quarter. The PAT was blocked and the Blue Lions were up 6-0.
That was the only score of the opening quarter, but Paint Valley struck quickly in the second period when Dax Estep found Dillon McDonald down the left sideline for a TD at the 10:51 mark. The PAT kick by Cole Miller made it 7-6 Bearcats.
WCH was driving when Troy Thompson hit Calum Brown on a big pass play deep in PV territory. But, on the next play, Paint Valley’s Cole Miller intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 38 yards.
Later in that drive, Trent Mettler took a Dax Estep pass for a TD, followed by 2-point conversion for a 15-6 Bearcats lead with :44 remaining in first half. PV then held WCH inside the 20 on their last possession of the half and led 15-6.
The third quarter saw Paint Valley’s Cavan Cooper grab a pick-six for a score at the 8:38 mark for a 22-6 lead, following the PAT kick.
The Blue Lions’ Rishuan Burns scooped up a Paint Valley fumble and took it the house at 7:11 of the third quarter. The PAT failed and PV’s lead was cut to 22-12.
The third quarter ended at 22-12 and PV with the ball.
The Bearcats’ Cordell Grubb appeared to seal the deal with a 14 yard TD run, followed by a PAT kick for a 29-12 lead with 10:08 left in the game.
That’s when Washington CH would start their 20-0 run for a come-back win.
Driving down the field, Rocky Jones scored on a 5 yard run with 8:33 left. The PAT was missed and Paint Valley’s lead was cut to 29-18.
Washington’s defense held PV and got the ball back on a punt. Two pass completions later, the Blue Lions connected on a 40 yard TD pass from Raleigh Haithcock to Isaiah Haithcock with 3:17 left. The 2-point conversion failed and Paint Valley was down to 29-24.
Again, the WCH defense would stop Paint Valley and get the ball back with about 2:00 to play.
The Lions drove down the field and took the 30-29 lead when Raleigh Haithcock fired a 5 yard TD pass to AJ Dallmayer for the score with 33 seconds remaining. The two point conversion succeeded when Haithcock connected with Tanner Lemaster in the back corner of the end zone for a 32-29 lead.
Paint Valley was pinned deep in their own territory on the ensuing kick-off and WCH three plays later recovered a PV fumble to seal the win.
Raleigh Haithcock was our Litter Media McDonald’s Player of the Game.
Washington CH improves to (2-1) and faces Minford while Paint Valley drops to (1-2). PV opens SVC play next week against Westfall.
In other area games:
Washington CH 32, Paint Valley 29 … Chillicothe 32, Walnut Ridge 0 … Miami Trace 40, Logan Elm 0 … Sciotoville East 42, Southeastern 24 … East Clinton 33, Hillsboro 14 … Zane Trace 28, Vinton County 21 … Piketon 62, Lucasville Valley 36 … Portsmouth West 41, Adena 12 … Waverly 47, Unioto 10 … Huntington 28, Northwest 20 … Jackson 24, Tri-Valley 3 … Heath 45, Circleville 0 … Teays Valley 23, Ashland 21 … Saint Charles 14, Amanda Clearcreek 9 … Bloom Carroll 23, Jonathan Alder 3 … Fairfield Union 26, Lakewood 12 … Wheelersburg 35, Russell, Ky. 16 … Rock Hill 23, Oak Hill 0 … Portsmouth 56, Deer Park 21 … Minford 27, Wellston 18 … Marietta 36, Athens 28 OT … Point Pleasant 26, Gallia Academy 22 … Alexander 55, Belpre 14 … Liberty Union 14, Nelsonville York 6 … Ironton 20, Fairland 14 … Lancaster 34, Olentangy 15 …