(Photo courtesy of Sheri Thompson)
CHANUTE —With both teams struggling to reach 200 yards of offense, Friday night’s contest between Caney Valley and Eureka turned into quite a defensive battle. Yet, as has been the case for the past several years, the Bullpups got the upperhand in this Tri-Valley League matchup.
CVHS picked up its second straight win away from home as it captured a 24-0 shutout victory over the Tornadoes. The neutral-site contest was played at the Chanute Sports Complex as Eureka’s home field was still unavailable due to ongoing construction following last summer’s tornado.
“It was a physical hard-fought game,” said CVHS coach Criss Davis. “Eureka is a good ball club. They’ll give a lot of teams all they want this season. Our defense was exceptional tonight.”
Caney Valley continued its dominance of Eureka, shutting out the Tornadoes for a fifth straight time in the series. In fact, CVHS has not allowed a point to EHS since a 55-7 victory in Eureka on Oct. 17, 2014. Over the past 17 meetings between the two teams, the Bullpups have held the Tornadoes to single digits in 14 of those matchups.
CVHS won despite finishing with less than 200 yards of total offense. The Bullpups recorded 196 yards while limiting the Tornadoes to 183.
Caney Valley jumped ahead with a 45-yard touchdown run by Eryk Kyser in the opening quarter and pushed its lead to 16-0 by halftime on an eight-yard scamper into the end zone by Ben Nunneley.
That’s where things stood until the final period when the ‘Pup defense put the capper on the victory. Trey Richey picked up a fumble and went two yards in for the score to seal the deal.
Kyser finished just shy of 100 yards rushing in the contest with 15 carries for 97 yards. As a team, the Bullpups did most of their damage on the ground with 181 rushing yards on 46 carries.
Caney Valley moved 2-0 overall as it prepares for its first home game of the season on Sept. 20 against Neodesha. The Bluestreaks are currently 0-2 following Friday’s 34-19 loss at Erie.
Eureka — 1-1 on the season — will next take on Humboldt in another neutral-site game on Sept. 20 in Iola. The Cubs are perfect at 2-0 after taking down Fredonia 50-14 on Friday.