MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- When Fayette County rivals Valley and Meadow Bridge face off on the gridiron, it's always a tough, physical matchup for both teams.
Friday night was no exception with the two Class A top-10 teams squaring off at WVU Tech's Martin Field.
In a rivalry that features the speed of Valley against the powerful, clock-consuming offense of Meadow Bridge, it was speed that finally won out.
Valley mounted a late defensive stand, stopping the visiting Wildcats on fourth-and-7 from the Greyhounds' 16-yard line with just 3:30 left in the game to preserve a physical 16-8 win in front of a boisterous capacity homecoming crowd.
Fifth-rated Valley improved to 5-0, while Meadow Bridge dropped to 5-1.
"That was a good stand by our defense," said Valley coach Benny Hopkins. "They've got a really good football team and this was a physical game, just like it always is with them."
A Greyhound miscue helped set up the late-game defensive heroics.
Leading 16-8 and driving deep in Wildcat territory, Valley quarterback Raeshawn Breckenridge was picked off by Meadow Bridge's David Gainer at the 15-yard line. Gainer returned the interception, which ricocheted off Greyhound receiver Druw Bowen, to the Valley 43-yard line.
Meadow Bridge drove to the Valley 11, where it was set to run a fourth-and-2 play, but an unstrapped chinstrap cost the Wildcats a 5-yard penalty, forcing the fourth-and-7 try.
Wildcats running back Jacob Parker was stuffed for no gain on the play, giving the Greyhounds possession with 3:29 to play.
Meadow Bridge finished with 13 penalties for 95 yards, including a pair of 15-yard dead-ball fouls on the Greyhounds' ensuing possession.