Valiant football ends its year at Corbett

Corbett just too much in VC season finale
by: David Ball RUNNING HARD – Valley Catholic's Liam Walsh makes yardage during his team's Friday loss at Corbett.

CORBETT - Valley Catholic's defense came up with some big plays in the first half to keep the game close, but in the end its offense couldn't light a single bulb on the scoreboard during a 30-0 season-finale loss to Corbett on Friday.

The Valiants forced three turnovers in the first half and had a chance to pull even after Kazuma Lane recovered his second fumble of the night, setting up Valley Catholic near midfield. The Valiants drove inside the 30-yard line before being stopped in the backfield on a 4th-and-2 play.

Corbett quickly turned the defensive stop into points when QB Isaac Noles cut across the field for a 46-yard gain to put the Cardinals in scoring position. Valley tried to force yet another turnover when linebacker Liam Walsh broke through the line in a hurry and nearly pulled the ball away from Noles as he backed away from center. But the Corbett senior broke free and went around the left side for 12 yards and another first down.

Noles went to the air on the next play, hitting Joey Diebert in the back of the end zone to give the Cardinals a 14-0 lead at the half.

Corbett added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away.

The Cardinals took the lead less than three minutes into the game when Noles broke free for a 62-yard scoring run.

Valley Catholic's other first-half turnover came late in the first quarter when it pressured Noles out of the pocket and forced a fluttering pass that went high into the air. Valley's Jacob Vincent tracked the ball down for a tough interception along the sideline, dragging both of his feet in bounds.

Valley Catholic ends the year with an 0-6 record, while Corbett (3-6) gained a spot in the 3A state bracket with the win.