Week 4 roundup: Valley beats Manchester to set up unbeaten Bell showdown
Toloza’s 4 TDs help Pioneer beat Caston; Shuman breaks Culver rushing record in win over West Central
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Tippecanoe Valley 43, Manchester 13 (Friday): Nate Parker ran for 86 yards and three touchdowns, and Wade Jones accounted for 116 yards of offense – 57 rushing and 59 receiving – for the Vikings in a Three Rivers Conference road win over Manchester Friday.
Jones ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. Brandon Stiles ran six times for 39 yards and a score. Landon Durkes had two receptions for 43 yards.
Valley quarterback Cody Eastgate completed seven of nine passes for 105 yards. He threw one touchdown pass and one interception.
Valley also held Manchester to -3 yards rushing. The Squires had rushed for 312 yards in their previous game against Wabash. Garrett Sites, who had 199 yards rushing against Wabash, had six yards on the ground against Valley.
Noah Prater led the defense with four tackles, and Durkes added three.
Valley led 36-0 at halftime and expanded the lead to 43-0 in the third quarter, initiating the Mercy Rule and the running clock.
Valley improved to 4-0, 3-0 TRC. They won their 13th consecutive regular season game and beat Manchester for the eighth straight year.
Valley, Rochester and Maconaquah are the three remaining unbeaten teams in TRC play. Valley hosts Rochester at 7 p.m. Friday.
Valley 43, Manchester 13
Valley 22 14 7 0 – 43
Manchester 0 0 0 13 – 13
Pioneer 50, Caston 14 (Friday): Rylahn Toloza had 20 carries for 270 yards and four touchdowns for the host Panthers in a win over Caston at The Pit Friday.
Tyler Zellers had six carries for 55 yards and a score, and Micah Rans had a 12-yard touchdown on his only carry.
Brian Gluth had a 20-yard reception, and Eli Guffey had a 7-yard reception.
Peyton Schnurpel had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Pioneer had a 430-58 advantage in rushing yards.
Landon Shafer completed 12 of 18 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns for the Comets. He also threw two interceptions.
Oliver Trigg had a 75-yard touchdown reception, and Grant Yadon caught five passes for 73 yards and a score. Quinlan Kelly had a 23-yard reception, and Evan Howard had three catches for 13 yards. Kyle Roudebush had two catches for four yards.
Jabez Yarber led the ground attack with 43 yards on 14 carries.
Gavin Mollenkopf and Kelly had seven tackles each to lead the Caston defense. Kelly had an interception. Noah Herd had a fumble recovery.
Pioneer led 28-8 at halftime. Pioneer beat Caston for the 32nd consecutive meeting. Caston has not beaten Pioneer since 1996.
Pioneer 50, Caston 14
Caston 0 8 0 6 – 14
Pioneer 6 22 8 14 – 50
PIO – Rylahn Toloza 43 run (pass failed)
PIO – Toloza 66 run (Toloza run)
CAS – Oliver Trigg 75 pass from Landon Shafer (Kyle Roudebush pass from Shafer)
PIO – Toloza 35 run (Brian Gluth pass from Caleb Sweet)
PIO – Peyton Schnurpel 53 interception return (run failed)
PIO – Toloza 33 run (Toloza run)
CAS – Grant Yadon 7 pass from Shafer (run failed)
PIO – Tyler Zellers 15 run (Eli Rans pass from Sweet)
PIO – Micah Rans 12 run (pass failed)
Culver 18, West Central 0 (Friday): Shane Shuman ran 26 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns, and Ethan Binion also ran 29 yards for a score as the host Cavaliers handed West Central their first loss Friday.
Shuman, who became Culver’s all-time leading rusher and surpassed 3,000 career rushing yards during the game, had a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 77-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Ian Brown had eight tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss. Shuman had seven tackles, including one for loss. Devin Burkett had five tackles, including two for loss.
Culver had a 228-62 advantage in rushing yards.
Culver improved to 2-2. West Central dropped to 3-1.
Culver 18, West Central 0
West Central 0 0 0 0 – 0
Culver 0 6 6 6 – 18
CUL – Shane Shuman 7 run (run failed)
CUL – Ethan Binion 29 run (run failed)
CUL – Shuman 77 yard run (pass failed)
IFCA, Colts recognize Rochester coach Shaffer: The Indiana Football Coaches Association named Rochester coach Ron Shaffer its Region IV representative for the Center Point Energy Colts Coach of the Week for Week 4.
The Zebras improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Three Rivers Conference following a 52-13 win over Wabash Friday. Shaffer has compiled a 9-3 head coaching mark in two seasons.
The statewide award went to Heritage coach Casey Kolkman.
Rochester, ranked No. 12 in Class 2A, travels to Tippecanoe Valley Friday.