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Hornets, Lions win; Cardinals, Rockets fall in season opening games

FPS staff report

Malvern 34, United Local 28
The Malvern Hornets road senior running back Cobin Plessinger to a 34-28 win over visiting United Local last Friday night in their opening game of the season.

Plessinger carried the ball 39 times for 283 yards and scored on runs of two, four and one yards.

Senior quarterback Trey Tucci also had a solid game for Malvern. Tucci hit 6-of-11 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns; five yards to Mitchell and seven yards to Jalen Graves. Tucci also rushed for another 46 yards.

The Hornets rushed for 348 yards and finished with 466 yards of total offense.

The Hornets will entertain Warren Western Reserve Friday night.

Next week, they will play host to Conotton Valley.

Minerva 21, Field 14
It was a battle, but the Minerva Lions gave new head coach Mike Hall a 21-14 win in his debut as the Lions coach.

Cody Parrish scored early in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard run that proved to be the difference in the game.

Parrish led the Lions on the ground with 123-yards on 13 carries.

Field quarterback Preston Semler passed for 145-yards on an 11-of-26 night.

Indian Valley 28, Sandy Valley 14
The visiting Braves ruined the debut of new Sandy Valley Head Coach Zach Gardner with their 28-14 win over the Cardinals.

Gardner came to Sandy Valley from Indian Valley, where he was the defensive coordinator.

The Cardinals were down 21-0 before getting on the board on a Nate Shepler 65-yard run. He finished with 71 rushing for the game.

Junior quarterback Lucas Dieffenbaugher rushed 28 times for 131 yards.

For the Braves, junior Jake Davis rushed 26 times for 159 yards and senior quarterback Brady Byers added 106 yards on 13 attempts.

Logan Ryan had a 100-yard kickoff return for the Braves.

The Cardinals will host Mapleton Sept. 9. 

Strasburg 50, Conotton Valley 12
It was a long day for the Conotton Valley Rockets in their season opener against visiting Strasburg last Saturday afternoon.

The Rockets only trailed 8-0 after the first quarter, but the Tigers blew the game open in the second quarter and cruised to a 50-12 win over the Rockets.

Conotton did stay within striking distance in the first half, trailing 29-12 at the intermission.

But the Tigers rocked the Rocket defense for three third quarter touchdowns to put the game away.

The Tiger defense held the Rockets to a minus-10 yards rushing in the game.

Brandon McCreary caught a pair of touchdown passes of 29 and 21 yards from quarterback Colton Cottis.

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