OXFORD >> You knew that the ball will be in the air often during the Great Valley-Oxford Ches-Mont League American Division football game.
Ryan Hubley was the marquee wide receiver coming into the night, but Great Valley’s Nasir Adderley ended up being the star of the night.
Adderley caught 13 of Zach Ludwig’s 14 completions Friday, good for 238 yards, and he scored twice on the ground also to lead Great Valley to a 41-22 victory.
“We saw early on that they were playing Nasir man-to-man,” said Great Valley coach Dan Ellis. “There aren’t a ton of players that are going to handle that match-up well, so we took what they gave us.”
The first half was tight, with the Hornets matching the Patriots score-for-score, defensive stop for defensive stop. But after Oxford grabbed its first lead of the night, 14-13, on a 31-yard pass from Dan Green to Connor Hilaman, Adderley again took matters into his own hands, taking the ensuing kick-off 88 yards to the end zone to give his team a 20-14 lead at the break.
“I was mad,” Adderley said. “I was no happy we fell behind, and I just wanted the ball. Once I found a hole, I just went as hard as I could.”
Oxford came out for the second half looking to make something happen. While the Patriots covered up the onside kick attempt, the Hornets’ defense came up with a big stop. Faced with a fourth-and-10 from the Oxford 30, Ludwig was pressured, leading to an incomplete pass and a turnover on downs.
The Hornets took advantage of the opportunity, covering the 70 yards in eight plays, capped by a 1-yard plunge by Zach Deasey. When Ryan Hubley beat Adderley on a jump ball for the two-point conversion, it was 22-20 Hornets. But that would be the last time the Hornets would find the end zone.
“We really didn’t play great defense tonight overall,” said Patriots linebacker Hammie Hungerbuhler. “We gave up way too many points. But we played good defense when it mattered most and came away with a win.”
One of those times came in midway through the fourth period. With the Great Valley lead at 34-22, Green connected with Hubley for 66 yards, down to the one. The Patriots stuffed three runs, and a pass fell incomplete on fourth down.
This time it was the Patriots who took advantage of the momentum shift, marching 99 yards on seven plays, capped by a 15-yard scamper by Adderley, who had four trips to the end zone for the Patriots.
“We knew coming in how good Hubley is,” Ellis said. “And tonight, he made his fair share of plays. Some he made on his own, some we helped him a little. But keeping him out of the end zone, making the goal line stand, and then turning around and going 99 yards the other way shows for the score the kind of heart this team has.”
Hubley finished the night with 10 catches for 190 yards, bringing his season total over the 1,000-yard plateau.
“I say it every week, but it’s true — Ryan Hubley is the best player in this conference,” said Oxford coach Mike Pietlock. “But it just goes to show you how much of a team sport this is. Put him on a winning team, and there would be no doubt about it.”
The win improves Great Valley to 2-1 in the division and 6-1 overall, while the Hornets fall to 1-3, 1-6.
“Once again, we had to many drives go deep, but fall short,” Pietlock said. “We’d come up with big plays on defense, start to move the ball, and then stall short. There’s a reason we’re 1-6, and not being able to finish drives is a big part of it.”
Great Valley 41, Oxford 22Great Valley 13 7 8 13 — 41 Oxford 6 8 8 0 — 22
First QuarterGV — Johnson 20 run (kick failed)
O — Hubley 40 pass from Green (run failed)
GV — Ludwig 17 run (Sauer kick)
Second QuarterO — Hilaman 31 pass from Green (Hubley pass)
GV — Adderley 88 kickoff return (Sauer kick)
Third QuarterO — Deasey 1 run (Hubley pass)
GV — Johnson 3 run (Adderley run)
Fourth QuarterGV — Adderley 14 run (run failed)
GV — Adderley 15 run (Sauer kick)
GV OFirst downs 17 21Rushes-yards 36-295 37-115
Passing 14-27-0 26-37-0Passing yards 253 341
Total yards 548 456Punts 0-0 3-36.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0Penalties-yards 2-15 5-45
Individual statisticsRushing — Great Valley: Ludwig 13-129, Johnson 15-78 2TD, Adderley 6-67 2TD, Buchholz 2-22, R. Hubley 1-11, J. Hubley 1-(-12). Oxford: Deasey 33-113 TD, Green 1-1, Hubley 1-0, Davis 1-1.
Passing — Great Valley: Ludwig 14-27-0, 253 yards. Oxford: Green 26-37-0, 341 yards, 2TD.
Receiving — Great Valley: Adderley 13-238, Hungerbuhler 1-15. Oxford: Hubley 10-190, Hilaman 7-97, Williams 4-24, Mosley 3-16, Way 2-14.
Sacks — Great Valley: None. Oxford: Nieves, Mosley.
Interceptions — None.