NAUGATUCK – Tug Valley will make the long trip to Mason County to take on Hannan tonight. The small Class A school continues to field a football program, despite being one of the state’s smallest schools per enrollment.
Hannan has 176 students enrolled, but that includes 7th through 12 grades.
The Wildcats do own one win this season, a 22-20 win over another smaller school, Hundred. Hannan is 1-3, having lost to Valley of Fayette, Federal Hocking, Ohio and Sherman.
“They are a very scrappy bunch that will play hard,” Panther coach Tony Clusky said. “As always, we take each game one week at a time. We still have to get better each day and each game.”
Tug Valley heads into this game tied for No. 8 in Class A this week. The SSAC rankings were released on Tuesday. The top 16 teams make the playoffs in each class and the top eight host first round playoff games.
“We will need to get our running game going, “ Clusky said.
Senior Aaron Muncy has carried the ball 53 times for 254 yards, for an average of 4.8 yards per carry and he has three TDs on the ground. Muncy has 11 receptions for 295 yards and four touchdowns.
Junior Jessie Mays has rushed for 247 yards on 58 tries f (4.3 yards per carry and three TDs.
Junior David Runyon has 40 carries for 132 yards and a pair of scores and six catches for an average of 18 yards per reception. “David Runyon had some big plays last week from his fullback position,” Clusky added.
“We had several players make big plays last week, freshman Tyler Conley has played solid on defense and freshman Corbin Oliver came up with a big interception last week,” Clusky said. “Austin Baisden also had a big interception and did a nice job in the secondary, along with Aaron Copley.”
Senior tight end Corey Dillon has 8 receptions for 132 yards and a pair of TDs.
Quarterback Mikey Newsome has completed 33-for-65 of his passes for a 51 completion percentage, 668 yards and seven TDs. He has thrown only two interceptions.
Senior Isaac Parsley leads the defense with 45 tackles and five sacks, while junior Thomas Baisden has 30 stops. Muncy has 23 tackles and a couple of interceptions. Dillon has 19 tackles and Tyler Conley 19.