No place like home for SV

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 2004

WILLOW WOOD - One home game deserves another.

After four straight road games, the Symmes Valley Vikings closed out the regular season at home Friday and routed the Guyan Valley Wildcats 43-14.

With the win the Vikings finish 8-1 and second in Region 23 of Division VI, thus earning a first-ever home playoff game. Symmes Valley will probably host Marion Catholic Friday.

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"It's nice to be home after the road trip and it's nice to finish with a win," Vikings coach Rusty Webb said. "Our offensive line came off the ball. Cory Burcham ran the ball by far the best he has all year, and Craig Neal did a great job directing our offense."

Burcham ran just 9 times but gained 107 yards and scored four touchdowns. The Vikings had 296 yards on the ground and 334 total yards.

Burcham put the Vikings up 7-0 with a 4-yard run and his conversion kick in the first quarter.

Symmes Valley blew the game wide open with three touchdowns in the second quarter. Burcham had a 30-yard run to make it 13-0 and caught an 11-yard pass from Neal to extend the lead to 19-0. Neal ran for the conversion and it was 21-0.

The Vikings then got a score just before the half. It took three plays, two timeouts and a 21-yard pass from Neal to Burcham that put the ball at the 2-yard line with five seconds on the clock. Burcham scored on the next play and it was 28-0 at the break.

"Our guys do an outstanding job in the two-minute offense. Our kids just do what they're supposed to do," Webb said.

Symmes Valley took the second half kickoff and drove for another touchdown. Derek Carpenter ran 4 yards for the score as the lead grew to 35-0 with 8:35 left in the third quarter.

Guyan Valley, 7-2 and 8th in the West Virginia Class A rankings, was held in check until the Vikings inserted their second team. The defense limited the Wildcats to a net 41 yards rushing and 156 passing, most of it coming in the fourth quarter.

"Jon Dillon, Alex Burnett and Nathan Colegrove played outstanding on the defensive line. They really shut down their running game," Webb said. "I thought Michael White, Matt Owens, Justin Holland and Derrek Cremeans were all over the field."

The Wildcats scored on a 6-yard run by Curry Dial to start the fourth quarter.

The Vikings second team scored when Lee Callicoat ran 6 yards for the touchdown and Bo Otsby added the conversion run for a 43-8 lead.

The Wildcats capped the scoring on a 35-yard pass from Cory Foster to Ricky May on the final play of the game.

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Symmes Valley72178-43

First Quarter

SV – Cory Burcham 4 run (Cory Burcham kick) 9:26

Second Quarter

SV - Cory Burcham 30 run (kick blocked) 6:16

SV - Cory Burcham 11 pass from Craig Neal (Craig Neal run) 1:41

SV - Cory Burcham 2 run (Cory Burcham kick) :02

Third Quarter

SV - Derek Carpenter 4 run (Cory Burcham kick) 8:35

Fourth Quarter

GV - Curry Dial 6 run (Curry Dial run) 11:12

SV - Lee Callicoat 6 run (Bo Otsby run) 3:00

GV - Ricky May 35 pass from Cory Foster (no attempt) :00



First Downs1521


Passing yards15638

Total yards197334






Individual Leaders

RUSHING - Guyan Valley: Curry Dial 12-29, Tyler Simpkins 15-36, Ray Gillman 5-4, Brandon Frazier 8-minus 35. Symmes Valley: Cory Burcham 9-107, Justin Holland 6-57, Derek Carpenter 6-30, Craig Neal 3-43, Chris Capper 3-25, Lee Callicoat 4-18, Tyler Smith 2-8, Joe Whaley 2-4, Jonathan Combs 1-3, Steven Thompson 1-1.

PASSING - Guyan Valley: Brandon Frazier 7-13-0

121, Cory Foster 1-1-0 35. Symmes Valley: Craig Neal 3-11-0


RECEIVING - Guyan Valley: Cory Foster 1-48, Daniel Fry 1-39, Ricky May 1-35, Ray Gillman 2-14, Curry Dial 1-3, Ian Hardy 1-18. Symmes Valley: Cory Burcham 2-32, Derrick Cremeans 1-6.