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Pendleton County tops Tygarts Valley, advances to state semifinal

Published: Nov. 22, 2020 at 7:21 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Pendleton County is moving on to the WVSSAC Class A state semifinal round after topping Tygarts Valley, 41-17, Sunday afternoon.

Senior running back Dalton Dunkle scored six touchdowns on 194 yards rushing (206 all purpose yards) to lead the Wildcats to victory.

“I think it goes back to this group of seniors and what we are doing,” Dunkle said. “We are really good and we just want to be as best as we can be.”

Senior quarterback Isaiah Gardiner was 4-7 through the air for 70 yards, while rushing 13 times for 78 yards.

It is the second straight season Pendleton County is playing in the Class A state semifinals.

“It says a lot about our leadership and the type of ball-players that we have,” Wildcats head coach Zac Smith said. “Very competitive boys. Just pleased with their effort today and couldn’t be more proud of them getting a win on our home field in the state quarterfinals.”

Pendleton County will visit fourth-seeded St. Mary’s in the semifinal round. The date and time of that matchup is still to be determined.

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