Whaley runs for 301 as HV pounds Doak

Photo by Dave Boyd
Happy Valley fullback Lance Whitehead plunges across for a touchdown.

By Jeff Birchfield

   AFTON -- Members of Happy Valley's football team might look at a career in recycling after high school. Friday night, they made turning Black Knight armor into tin cans seem pretty easy.
   Led by Tim Whaley's 301 rushing yards, the Warriors hammered Chuckey-Doak 53-7 in a Watauga Conference and regular season finale at the Knights' home field, nicknamed the Black Hole.
   Whaley, or Mr. Whaley as he's now known by the Chuckey-Doak defense, had five carries for 200 yards in the first quarter alone.
   "It wasn't all me," said Whaley, who averaged an astonishing 33.4 yards per carry. "The line, the receivers, the fullbacks, everybody was doing their part with their blocks. The holes were there about 25 yards wide. Who wouldn't want to run it in there?
   "Jordy (Harrison), Daniel Dover, Cane (Cannon), Smitty, (Austin) Shell, all did a great job getting people out of the way. When you see wide-open field like that, it's hard not to see the end zone."
   His goal of reaching 1,000 yards on the season, which he fell just shy of last season, was reached in the game's first 12 minutes.
   "I was so short last year, only about 10 yards off," Whaley commented. "Then, I missed two games this year that was my fault. These eight games I've played, the line has blocked great and I have just run as hard as I can. We made something happened and I felt like I proved something tonight."
   HV's dominance was just as evident on the stat sheet as the scoreboard. The offense racked up 481 yards, 420 on the ground, to only 39 for the Black Knights.
   "We hadn,t played in two weeks and you worry a little about rust," said HV coach Stan Ogg. "But, we had some great practices and the team came ready to play. We took the ball down the field, as defensively and offensively the team did a great job."
   With the rushing game on full throttle, the passing game was held idle most of the night. Quarterback Todd Caldwell did complete three of seven passes for 61 yards with Drew Davis on the receiving end of each throw.
   Defensively, Jordy Harrison was a Halloween night monster for HV, leading the team with nine tackles and shutting down any hopes the Knights had of running the ball up the middle.
   Daniel Guinn was next on the charts with eight tackles, including three for losses.
   "I didn't have a good game the last time and I had to pick it up," said Guinn. "I wanted to show what I could do and tried my best to just play football and tackle people. Tonight was a good night for me. I knew what I needed to do and that's what I did."
   Out since the second half of the Elizabethton game, Ryan Garland was determined to make up for lost time. The sophomore returned to make the game,s first three tackles and later scored on a 34-touchdown run from the tailback position.
   "I've been ready to play for a long time," stated Garland. "I was real pumped up about it. I had some kinks to work out. Being out for seven weeks is a long time in football. It felt good getting that touchdown. The hole sprang open and I just cut it to the outside."
   Scoring went as follows: Whaley takes the first play from scrimmage 56 yards for a HV score. Their next possession, a long run by Whaley sets up a 10-yard touchdown run for Michael Hollifield. The third Warrior possession saw a Whaley break one for 50 yards and his second TD of the night.
   Whaley broke another big run the next series to set up a one-yard plunge by Lance Whitehead. At the end of one quarter, Happy Valley held a commanding 27-0 lead.
   The first Warrior possession of the second quarter had a familiar refrain, a Whaley 24-yard touchdown run. The score was 40-0 at the end of the half, after Hollifield powered in from six yards out for his second trip to the end zone and Casey Shatley added a PAT.
   The third quarter opened up as the game started with Whaley sprinting 53 yards for his fourth touchdown. Garland ran in the last score as HV led 53-0 at the end of three quarters.
   The Black Knights finally got on the board with 16 seconds left in the game on a five-yard run by David Taylor. Deandra Claridy added the extra point for the final of 53-7.
   "It was a rough night," said C-D coach Ben Murphy, whose team ended the regular season at 2-8. "Whaley is a quality back, I just wish we would have given a better effort. Happy Valley dominated us up front just like Pittman did. If we don't get better up there, we're going to have a tough row to hoe."
   The Warriors concluded a 9-1 regular season and will host a playoff game this Friday night against a familiar foe, the Rockwood Tigers.
   "It seems like we play them a lot," said Ogg. "It's just the draw. They are an outstanding football team and we will go back to work Sunday to get ready for them."