CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Spring Valley made no mystery of its game plan to run powerfully at St. Albans but the Red Dragons struggled to solve that challenge in a season-opening Mountain State Athletic Conference match-up.
The Timberwolves tallied six first-half rushing touchdowns by four different players and continued that momentum well into the second half for a dominating 41-14 win at Crawford Field Friday night.
"We just line up and run at you, and if you can stop us, we'll tip our hats to you and move on," Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess said. "I thought our line did a good job. I thought our backs ran hard tonight and our (number) ones played pretty good that first half."
Spring Valley graduated standout running backs Elijah Wellman and Ryan George from last year's first-ever Timberwolves team to win a playoff game. To start the season, Spring Valley utilized a balanced running attack behind a bounty of capable backs.
Senior Colby Webb paced the Timberwolves with 82 rushing yards and two touchdowns on five carries.
"It feels great, but I can't take any credit for it, because it's all the line," Webb said. "They're amazing. They're awesome."
The Timberwolves started with a run-dominated offense early and refused to slacken their steady march.
After the Spring Valley defense held St. Albans to a three-and-out on the first possession of the game, Webb capped an eight-play scoring drive on a 17-yard touchdown rush.