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Leith brothers spark SV win

Symmes Valley Vikings’ wide receiver Luke Leith (3) reaches out and catches a pass from quarterback Jack Leith that he turns into a touchdown during a 42-6 win over the Manchester Greyhounds on Friday. (Courtesy of Robert S. Stevens & Gold Studio In Ironton)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

WILLOW WOOD — The Symmes Valley Vikings turned over a new leaf as the turned to the Leiths.
Quarterback Jack Leith threw a pair of touchdown passes to brother Luke Leith as the Vikings rolled past the Manchester Greyhounds 42-6 on Friday.
Jack Leith was 2-of-2 passing for 82 yards with both tosses going to Luke. Jack Leith also ran six times for 65 yards as the Vikings racked up 349 total yards.
“It was a good win and good for our confidence,” said Vikings’ coach Rusty Webb. “We’ll enjoy this and then go back to work Monday and get ready for two tough games.
“We’re pleased with the effort on both sides of the ball and our special teams did very well. The kickoff team kept them pinned inside the 25 all night.”
Symmes Valley (4-4) used a 30-yard touchdown pass from brother-to-brother on the first series of the game and Gavin Yates kicked the first of six conversions.
The Vikings went 44 yards in just three plays capped by Josh Ferguson’s 14-yard scoring run and it was 14-0.
Symmes Valley scored three touchdowns in the second quarter.
Nick Strow ran 10 yards for a score to make it 21-0.
After penalties left the Vikings with a second-and-35, the Leiths clicked on a 52-yard scoring pass and it was 28-0.
Jack Leith then blocked a punt and Derek Crum recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown and it was 35-0 before the half.
The Vikings’ final touchdown was a 52-yard, 3-play drive that ended on a 4-yard run by Ethan Patterson.
Manchester (2-6) avoided the shutout when Avery Reed scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Next Friday, Symmes Valley travel to Sciotoville East.
Manchester 0 0 0 6 = 6
Sym. Valley 14 21 7 0 = 42
First Quarter
SV — Luke Leith 30 pass from Jack Leith (Gavin Yates kick)
SV — Josh Ferguson 14 run (Gavin Yates kick)
Second Quarter
SV — Nick Strow 10 run (Gavin Yates kick)
SV — Luke Leith 52 pass from Jack Leith (Gavin Yates kick)
SV — Derek Crum recover block punt in end zone (Gavin Yates kick)
Third Quarter
SV — Ethan Patterson 4 run (Gavin Yates kick)
Fourth Quarter
Man — Avery Reed 6 run (pass failed)
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Man SV
First downs 6 14
Rushes-yards 21-38 32-267
Passing yards 51 82
Total yards 89 349
Cmp-Att-Int 7-15-1 2-2-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 4-30 3-30
Punts-average 5-20.4 0-00.0
Individual Leaders
RUSHING — Manchester: Avery Reed 13-42; Symmes Valley: Josh Ferguson 3-27, Luke Leith 3-7, Derek Crum 3-14, Jack Leith 6-65, Keifer Wilson 4-35, T.J. Wong 6-30, Ethan Patterson 3-17, Nick Strow 1-10, Trenton Turner 1-45, James Ferris 2-22.
PASSING — Manchester: Brady Flack 7-15-1 51; Symmes Valley: Jack Leith 2-2-0 82.
RECEIVING — Manchester: Jacob Johnson 4-23, Avery Reed 1-23, Jacob Calvert 2-5; Symmes Valley: Luke Leith 2-82.