After breaking through the line, freshman Cade Berg of Whitko tries to maneuver around Tippecanoe Valley defender Johnny Gonsalez. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
After breaking through the line, freshman Cade Berg of Whitko tries to maneuver around Tippecanoe Valley defender Johnny Gonsalez. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
AKRON – Asked to describe Cameron Parker’s performance, the first word out of Tippecanoe Valley High School football coach Steve Moriarty’s mouth was “wow.”

Moriarty’s three-letter description was spot on for the 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior fullback who wears jersey No. 3.

Parker was quite versatile Friday night, as he made big plays running, catching and throwing the football in a 48-14 Three Rivers Conference win over the visiting Whitko Wildcats.

“Wow,” Moriarty said of Parker. “To watch him is just wow. That’s what I told him. He makes life easier ... if you miss a block, he’s gonna make a juke.

“It’s too bad the game wasn’t broadcast (on TV) so you could see his athletic ability. His ableness to make people miss is just awesome.”

Parker finished the game with 175 rushing yards on 20 carries, which included scoring scampers of nine and two yards.

He caught two passes for 60 yards, which included a short pass from classmate Noah Miller that he turned into a 52-yard touchdown reception.

Parker completed 1 of 2 pass attempts out of a pitch-and-pass formation, hooking up for a 29-yard connection with junior Jalen Potter.

For good measure, Parker scored twice on two-point conversion attempts – one via the run, and another on a reception from Miller.

“Even with those little two-yard gains he just keeps his feet churning,” said Moriarty. “That was the same thing with (Alex Morrison) tonight, putting his head down on those power plays and just driving people for four or five yards.”

Dakota Gaff added 65 yards on six carries for Valley, while Morrison powered his way to 32 yards on six attempts and Wes Melanson finished with 22 yards on four carries.

In all, Valley racked up 446 yards of offense – 308 of which came on the ground behind the blocking of linemen Alex Bell, Trey Hardesty, Brant Norris, Michael Sexton and Jose Rivera.

Miller completed 4 of 5 passes for 108 yards, including scoring strikes to Parker (52 yards) and Jace Potter (32 yards), as Valley improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the TRC North standings.

Whitko fell to 0-5 and 0-2 as its losing streak reached 16 games.

The Wildcats were shut out the first three games this season, but broke through with 16 points against Rochester last week.

Against Valley Friday night, Whitko recovered a Valley fumble early in the first quarter and turned it into a 1-play drive as freshman Cade Berg sprinted in from 20 yards out to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead.

After falling behind 12-6, the Wildcats took a 14-12 lead when junior Mason Lehman barrelled in from three yards out with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.

That’s where Whitko’s momentum stopped, however, as the Vikings scored 36 unanswered points in a game that was filled with turnovers and penalties by both teams.

Berg led Whitko’s ground game with 19 carries for 98 yards.

Whitko junior quarterback Dominick Moseley completed 4 of 11 pass attempts for 45 yards.

The Wildcats host Southwood in Week 6, while Valley travels to Manchester.



TIPPECANOE VALLEY 48, WHITKO 14



W    14    0    0    0    —    14

TV    12    14     6    16     —    48



    W    TV

1st downs    7    20

Rushing yds    134    308

Passing yds    45    138

Comp-Att-Int    4-11-1    5-7-0

Total yds    179    446

Fumbles/lost    3/2    2/2

Penalties/yds    11/88    8/66

Punts/Avg    5/35    3/26



First Quarter

W – Cade Berg 20 run (conversion failed) 9:59, 6-0

TV – Alex Morrison 1 run (kick failed) 5:54, 6-6

TV – Noah Miller 32 pass to Jace Potter (kick failed) 5:40, 12-6

W – Mason Lehman 3 run (Lehman conversion run) :44, 14-12

Second Quarter

TV – Cameron Parker 2 run (conversion failed) 9:01, 18-14

TV – Miller 52 pass to Parker (Alex Morrison conversion run) 1:01, 26-14

Third Quarter

TV – Parker 9 run (kick failed) 5:57, 32-14

Fourth Quarter

TV – Wes Melanson INT in end zone (Parker conversion catch) 11:39, 40-14

TV – Dakota Gaff 6 run (Parker conversion run) 8:27, 48-14



INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — Whitko, Berg 19-98, Dominick Moseley 8-11, Isaiah Kyles 4-20; Valley, Parker 20-175, Gaff 6-65, Morrison 6-32, Melanson 4-22, Braden Shepherd 3-17, Johnny Gonsalez 2-9

Passing — Whitko, Moseley 4-11-45, 1 INT, 0 TD; Valley, Miller 4-5-108, 2 TDs, 0 INT; Parker 1-2-29, 0 INT, 0 TD

Receiving — Whitko, Michael Connor 2-20, Isaiah Pierce 1-20, Berg 1-5; Valley, Parker 2-60, Jace Potter 1-32, Jalen Potter 1-29, Morrison 1-16

Records: Valley 2-3 (1-1 TRC North), Whitko 0-5 (0-2 TRC North)