SPRING VALLEY — Class AAA No. 1 Spring Valley played its third Kanawha County football team in as many weeks Friday and rolled to an easy 42-21 victory over Riverside.
The game got out of hand early for the Warriors (1-5) when Graeson Malashevich returned a punt 66 yards for a Spring Valley touchdown following a three-and-out for Riverside on the opening drive of the game.
Malashevich returned another punt deep into Riverside territory after the next Warriors possession. Malashevich scored on an 8-yard pass from Will Adkins for a 14-0 lead.
The sledding for the Riverside offense was difficult all night. The Warriors did not have positive yardage until the fourth quarter against the Timberwolves’ second team.
Riverside’s first four turns on offense ended with punts. The Warriors didn’t gain a first down until a targeting penalty was called on Spring Valley (7-0). The Warriors drive stalled there.
Rushing attempts by Javonte’ Elzy, Caden Easterling and anyone else clad in a white jersey was snuffed out by Spring Valley’s defense.
By the midway point through the second quarter, Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess had pulled all of his starting players. Even the reserves found success against Riverside.
Hank Hinchman, a sophomore quarterback, scored on a 5-yard run that set the halftime score at 42-0.
Spring Valley used 11 different ball carriers including four quarterbacks as the game wore on.
Riverside finally got on the board in the third quarter when defensive back Kain Ford recovered a Spring Valley fumble and returned it 65 yards for a score.
Easterling ripped off runs of 19 and 42 yards to give Riverside its first possession inside the Spring Valley 20-yard line. Elzy punched it in from 3 yards out for the score.
Elzy found Cody Blankenship with a 26-yard pass for the final score of the game.