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Sandy Valley clobbers Strasburg 55-12

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Sandy Valley 55, Strasburg 12
For the first time since joining the Inter-Valley Conference, the Sandy Valley Cardinals stand all alone at the top of the league standing.

Sandy Valley made it four in a row with their 55-12 win over host Strasburg last Friday night in an IVC match up.

The win improved the Cardinals to 4-3 for the year and 4-0 in the IVC, good for first place.

Quarterback Lucas Dieffenbaugher scored three times for the Cardinals on runs of 50, 11 and 16 yards. He finished with 176-yards on 14 carries. He also topped the 1,000 rushing mark for the season, giving him 1,039 for the year.

Nate Shepler also hit paydirt three times for the Cardinals on runs of 50, 10 and 1 yards. Paul Price had the biggest run of the night for Sandy Valley, a 70-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

The Cardinals will host Ridgewood Friday night.

Louisville 31, Minerva 7
The Louisville Leopards took another step closer to the Northeastern Buckeye Conference title with their 31-7 Northeastern Buckeye Conference win over host Minerva last Friday night.

The win keeps the Leopards undefeated for the year and tied for first place in the NBC with Marlington.

Marlington will visit Louisville Friday night.

The Lions fell to 4-3 for the season and 2-2 in the NBC.

Louisville dominated the Lions on both sides of the ball, holding Minerva’s powerful wing-t offense to just 75 total yards, while rolling up 338-yards of offense.

Louisville quarterback Connor Zwick hit 17-of-21 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 50 yards on the ground on 14 attempts.

The Leopards’ defense recorded two safeties against the Lions.

Minerva’s only touchdown came on a 56-yard run by Cody Parrish.

The Lions will host Canton South Friday.

Ridgewood 41, Malvern 20
Host Ridgewood came back from a 20-14 halftime deficit to defeat Malvern 41-20 last Friday night in a Inter-Valley Conference game.

Mitchell Haasz had a pair of first half touchdown catches for the Hornets of 17 and 40 yards from quarterback Trey Tucci, who hit 5-of-11 passes for 85 yards and a pair of interceptions.

Cobin Plessinger had his usual strong running game for the Hornets with 157 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown run of 15 yards.

The loss dropped the Hornets to 4-3 for the year and 2-2 in the IVC.

Ridgewood improved to 5-2 and 3-1 in the league. They will be at Sandy Valley Friday night. Sandy Valley is undefeated in conference play.

Malvern will host Newcomerstown Friday night.

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