CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A malfunction left the scoreboard lights dim at Nitro High's Underwood Field Friday evening. As it turned out, that malfunction was a blessing in disguise for the Wildcats.
Visiting Spring Valley took control from the opening kickoff en route to a 48-21 win over the injury-riddled Wildcats.
The No. 13 Timberwolves (6-2) won their fifth straight, while Nitro (1-6) dropped its sixth in a row.
The fireworks started early for the Timberwolves as Colby Webb returned the opening kickoff 52 yards to set up his team at the Nitro 33. Spring Valley scored one play later when quarterback Tyler Brown connected with Trevor Maynard from 33 yards out on a flea flicker.
After a Nitro turnover on its third offensive play, the Timberwolves stretched the lead to 14-0 when Webb rumbled in from 6 yards out, and the rout was on.
"That is a really good football team and a quality program we faced tonight," said Nitro coach Derek Midkiff, whose team had 14 players out with various injuries. "But we're a banged-up football team. We even had a kid get hurt getting up from the dinner table last night and couldn't play tonight.
"We've run out of people at certain spots and we had to scramble to get people moved around just today. It was a valiant effort out of our kids and they gave us everything they had, but it just wasn't enough."
While Nitro struggled with its numbers, Spring Valley used much of the game as a learning experience for its younger players by using all of the 76 players it brought to Kanawha County, including 13 ball-carriers.
Spring Valley tallied 182 rushing yards on 26 carries, led by Dylan Lageman's 40 yards on three carries. The most carries by a Timberwolves player was four, by Jakob Frye, who finished with 12 yards.
The Timberwolves were efficient through the air in finishing 6 of 8 for 119 yards and a pair of scores. Junior quarterback Tyler Brown completed 5 of 7 for 110 yards and both TDs as the Wolves sought to fine-tune their passing game for a possible Class AAA playoff run.