The 2018 Shelby Valley Football team is one that will go down in the history books at Shelby Valley High School. The Wildcat's end the regular season 9-1 with their only loss coming to a dominant Ridgeview (VA) squad. The Wildcat's broke a school record by averaging 45pts a game, finished 2nd in school history in points allowed, only given up 16 a game. Shelby Valley's rushing attack will be talked about for years to come, this team leads the entire state (All 6 classes) in yards per game with 378 yards an outing. The Dalton Meade led defense leads the state in fumble's forced with 27, Noah Mullins made the state's Top 10 fumbles forced list.  Wildcats also finished Top 10 in rushing yards allowed (102) and passing yards allowed (52) per game.

This team was lead by a Batman & Robin combo, Seth Johnson led the offense and Dalton Meade leads the defense. We will start with Shelby Valley's Dalton Meade, he is the Robin in this equation, Meade is a handful for any team to handle on either side of the ball. Meade is a difference maker on the defensive side of the football, coaches have a hard time making an offensive game plan just knowing that Meade is on the opposing defense. On a defense that only gave up 16pts a game, Mead finished Top 10 in interceptions and tackles. Meade finished 3rd in tackles in the entire state averaging 10+ tackles a game, ending the regular season with 109 total tackles. On the offensive side of the ball Meade is used as the 2nd option in the running game behind Seth "Flash" Johnson, any other school Meade may be the 1st option. In the season finale last Friday night the Wildcats clobbered Boyd Co. by a score of 45-7 and Meade earned "Player of the Game" honors with a 14 tackle, 200 yard, 4 touchdown performance for Valley. On the year Meade has gathered up over 1,000 All-Purpose yards and 18 touchdowns to help get the Wildcats to that 9-1 mark.

Now we get Seth "Flash Johnson, known as the Batman in this equation, also known as the "Fastest Man in the Mountains". Seth is a legit 4.4 back that can torch a defense at the blink of an eye, he has left every single camp he attended this summer (college or local) with the "Fastest Man" award. His speed is so mind blowing that D-1 Morehead State offered him on the spot, during a visit in late July. Seth has dropped a 2,000 yard season in the past and it would take a miracle for him not to hit it again this coming Friday in the 1st round of the KHSAA playoffs. The crazy thing about his statistics this season is, Seth is 140 yards away from the 2,000 yard mark and he didn't even play in the opening 2 games of the season. "Flash" leads the state with 1,862 rushing yards in 8 games, he is averaging 233 yards a contest with 14 yards a carry and is also the leading scorer in the state with 21 touchdowns (132pts). Seth Johnson is one of them Darren Sprole's type backs, he can take a pounding if needed but if you get him to the outside he is gone and he also has exceptional hands, he is a defensive backs worst nightmare, if he gets a DB out in the flat by his self things are going to get real embarrassing for the defender. Seth has only been held under 200 yards once all season and that was his first game back from a groin injury, I would bet the farm he hits 140 on Friday and reaches that 2,000 yard mark every running back strives for.

This Wildcats team returned 95% of it's starting lineup from a year ago, they have a lot of experienced players helping drive this train with a impeccable coaching staff led by Coach Anthony Hampton. The rushing attack has 3 backs on the Top 30 rushing list with Batman & Robin leading the way then Clay Morgan also is averaging 10 yards a carry. This running game has a mountain of a man bulldozing the path for them on the offensive line with the mammoth Peyton Blackburn. Then you have QB Samuel Stanley that is very capable of hurting you in the passing attack, especially with a weapon like the speedy Cameron Worrix. With all that offensive fire power Coach Hampton has to work with, it wouldn't mean anything without a very stingy defense. Brayden Keathley, Noah & Mikey Mullins all help Dalton Meade keep a ton of pressure on the opposing QB all game long, it makes easy work for Cameron Worrix and Seth Johnson setting pack there picking off passes. Any way you look at it, this Shelby Valley team has been as dominant as any team in the Mountains this season, outscoring their opponents by 30pts a game, if you want to see this Wildcat team play you can catch them this Friday night against Middlesboro 7:30pm at Shelby Valley High School, we promise you will get your money's worth.

Monday, October 29, 2018 By darrell