Chicks fall to Valley View

Friday, October 13, 2017

JONESBORO — The Blytheville Chickasaws suffered their first ever loss against Valley View on Friday night, falling to the Blazers, 34-21.

The Chicks (2-5, 1-3 5A-East), who had won every game against the Blazers, previously, led Valley View (5-2, 3-1 5A-East) for about 12 minutes of VVHS’ homecoming.

Blytheville’s Kadren Hunt got the Chicks off to a good start by breaking a 62-yard run for a touchdown on their first play. The PAT made it 7-0.

The Chicks took that lead into the second quarter, but the Blazers scored 21 points in the next 12 minutes.

Early in the second quarter, Valley View quarterback Joe Waleszonia raced 10 yards to paydirt to tie the game 7-7.

Valley View took the lead with 7:37 left in the half when Waleszonia found Lehman McNabb for a touchdown and 14-7 advantage.

Waleszonia added to the lead before the half by punching it in from three yards out with 28 seconds left to give Valley View a 21-7 lead.

On the opening possession of the second half, Valley View used a 16-play drive to chew up nearly eight minutes of clock with most of the 62 yards coming on the ground.

The Blazers capped the drive with a 30-yard field goal with 4:18 left in the third to increase the lead to 24-7.

On the ensuing drive, the Chicks drove from their own 35 to deep into Valley View territory.

Quarterback Jaheim Carter hit Corey Weatherspoon for a 48-yard gain to set up the Chicks at the Valley View 12.

Four plays later, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Carter raced around the edge for a four-yard touchdown. The PAT was good, trimming the lead to 24-14 with 11:53 left.

Waleszonia answered by capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run with seven minutes to play. The PAT gave Valley View a 31-14 lead.

On the ensuing drive, Carter kept the drive alive with a 20-yard run on third-and-long.

The Chicks took advantage and would find the end zone on a 13-yard run by Lloyd Anderson with 3:43 left. The PAT cut the lead to 31-21. The onside kick was unsuccessful.

The Blazers kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired to set the final score at 34-21.

Blytheville will try to bounce back Friday night, when the Chicks host Batesville at the renovated Haley Field.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.