The beat goes on for Schuylkill Valley football.
The offense that led the county in total yards last year has some new faces, but can still churn out the yards with an impressive rushing attack.
On Sept. 6, this year’s starting backfield of Nick Scheidt (215 yards, 3 TDs) and Edward Shuttlesworth (128 yards, 3 TDs) left their mark on Panther Valley’s defense in a 46-7 rout in a battle of the Panthers.
“They’re not game-breakers like (Eryk) Cerankowski and (Ryan) Matthews,” Schuylkill Valley coach Jeff Chillot said, referring to last season’s dynamic running backs. “But they don’t go down.”
Schuylkill Valley built a 19-0 halftime lead with Shuttlesworth scoring on runs of 17 and 9 yards, and Scheidt scoring on a 1-yard run.
“They have been in the system for three or fours years and it’s their turn,” Chillot said. “(The team) has a lot of pride and wants to run this offense.
“We’ve preached to them since practice began ‘no drop off’.”
Last season Schuylkill Valley finished the season 8-4 and advanced to the District 3-AA semi-finals where it lost to eventual state champion Wyomissing.
There has been no drop off so far as Schuylkill Valley (2-0) also won its opener, 34-19, versus Pottstown.
It only took Schuylkill Valley three plays after the intermission to add to its lead (26-0) when Scheidt scored on a 9-yard run.
A 47-yard run by quarterback Tanner White set up the touchdown.
After the teams traded touchdowns, Scheidt produced his biggest effort of the game when he ran 64 yards, running right, cutting left and back again on his way to a score that put Schuylkill Valley ahead, 39-7, with 1:14 left in the third quarter.
Schuylkill Valley dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and had Panther Valley (0-2) bottled up on offense for most of the contest.
Schuylkill Valley was able to mount a final scoring drive in the fourth quarter. White capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive by running the final 10 yards for a score and a 46-7 lead.
“(White) played much better this week,” Chillot said. “Last week he was tentative. Tonight, he completed a few passes early.
“He can do better, but he is starting to take control of the offense.”
Schuylkill Valley had 473 yards in total offense (436 run, 37 pass) and Panther Valley had 224 total yards (125 run, 99 pass).
Schuylkill Valley goes on the road on Sept. 13 to play Annville-Cleona (0-2). The Little Dutchmen lost, 25-22, to Hamburg Area on Sept. 6.