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Valiants bounce back with big win over Corbett


by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Valley Catholic junior wide receiver Kazuma Lane and the Valiant offense put up 60 points against Clatskanine in a runaway win on Friday.

The Corbett Cardinals joined the unenviable list of teams to be scorched by Valley Catholic’s trio of offensive superstars.

The Valiants pounced early and routed Corbett, 60-27, on Friday night to end a two-game losing streak.

Valley Catholic quarterback Aidan Welsh, receiver JD Menkens and running back Clay Kemper flaunted their unique talent and athleticism and seized control of the game as soon as it started. On the second play from scrimmage, Welsh took a three-step drop and floated the ball down the right sideline, hitting Menkens in stride. Menkens had nothing but green grass in front of him, and he jogged into the end zone for a 60-yard touchdown.

Welsh and Menkens were just warming up. After Corbett went three-and-out on its first possession, the Valiants took over at their own 31-yard line. They only needed a few plays to move up to the Corbett 35-yard line. From there, Welsh again slung it down the field to Menkens, who gathered it in and cruised in for the score, putting Valley Catholic up 12-0. Things only got worse for the Cardinals after that, and the outcome was never really in question.

The quarterback-receiver duo of Welsh and Menkens teamed up once more in the first half on a streak route up the sideline that resulted in a 25-yard touchdown.

A big reason for Valley Catholic’s passing success was Kemper’s play out of the backfield. Kemper ran with authority and speed each time he touched the ball and forced the Cardinals to account for him. by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Valley Catholic senior linebacker Liam Walsh and the Valiant defense helped clip Clatskanine, 60-27 on Friday.

The passing game opened up with so much focus dedicated to Kemper.

Kemper drew the attention by breaking free for long runs throughout the game, but particularly in the first half. In the first two quarters, Kemper had two touchdowns and four runs of at least 20 yards.

Corbett came up with a few nice defensive stops, but Valley Catholic had too many weapons to attempt to shut down. The Valiants scored 20 points in each of the first three quarters and led 60-19 entering the final period.

Valley Catholic didn’t have a monopoly on big plays, though, as the Cardinals produced some nice scoring strikes of their own. Corbett running back Jaycob Elmore got involved in the offense in a huge way two minutes into the second quarter.

Three Valiants sandwiched Elmore, but the Corbett tailback somehow slipped away and jetted down for the touchdown.

With a huge Lewis and Clark League showdown against Warrenton at home on Oct. 25, the 10th-ranked Valiants took care of business in a clinical fashion.

Now, with two weeks to prepare, Valley Catholic can focus on a Warrenton team that’s second in the LCL. Before the season, head coach Doug Ierardi said this game could potentially determine who grabs one of the league’s three playoff spots, so the Valiants will be primed and raring to knock out their archrivals and control their own playoff destiny.