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The Valiants hammer Corbett for second straight win


The VC football team aims for a program-record third straight in Friday

HILLSBORO — To say that Valley Catholic’s football history has not been one continuous highlight reel is to overstate the obvious.

Since starting their program from the ground up back in 2007, the Valiants won just eight of their first 44 games, their best season a 3-6 effort back in 2009.

But things are starting to look up at VC.

After what amounted to a restart of its program when Doug Ierardi was hired as head coach a year ago, Valley Catholic is starting to find itself. The Valiants won their second straight game on Friday — just the second time in program history the team has won back-to-back contests — routing Corbett 54-6 at Hillsboro Stadium to move to 1-0 in Lewis & Clark League play and 2-3 overall.

“It was a good win for us (and gave us) a little redemption from last year,” said Ierardi, whose first VC team had just a handful of returning players and went 0-6 in 2011.

The Valiants blasted out to a 20-6 first-quarter lead against the Cardinals (0-1, 0-5), first getting a 13-yard Clay Kemper touchdown run, then a nine-yard Liam Walsh TD run, and after that a 30-yard scoring pass from Carter Buuck to Kemper. The Cardinals’ lone score of the night came on a 73-yard pass from Wyatt Miller to Taylor Blevins.

But while Corbett would not score again, the Valiants just kept rolling. VC tacked on a 14-0 edge in the second period to push ahead 34-6 at the half, with Kemper cashing in a 21-yard run and Tysen Prunty recovering a Corbett fumble for a touchdown.

The Valiants added three more unanswered scores in the second half, two in the third quarter on a 30-yard Kemper run and a five-yard Ben Klaas run, and the last of those in the fourth when Walsh scored on a 26-yard run.

For the game, Kemper carried 11 times for 133 yards, Walsh ran nine times for 94 more, and Buuck went 3-of-7 passing for 65 yards, two to Kemper for 59 yards. Jacob Elmore led Corbett with 51 yards on nine carries.

“Now we have to turn our attention to Warrenton,” Ierardi said, looking ahead to his team’s 7 p.m. Friday L&C game at Warrenton High School and a chance at his team’s first-ever three-game winning streak. Warrenton is currently 0-0 in league and 3-3 overall.