NEW KENSINGTON — Logan Harmon rushed for 344 yards and four touchdowns, but the Apollo-Ridge Vikings still had to hold off the Valley Vikings and avoid a big upset in a WPIAL Class 2A Allegheny Conference football game Friday night.
Apollo-Ridge (6-1) won in a shootout in a game that looked like a blowout on paper against a one-win Valley (1-6) team. But the game featured four ties and Apollo-Ridge scored last in a fourth-quarter flurry that featured two touchdowns by each team.
Apollo-Ridge, coming off a week off due to a forfeit, fell behind Valley 7-0 in the second quarter before taking a 14-7 lead into halftime.
The game was decided in the fourth quarter. Valley scored on Zaire Warren’s 70-yard fumble return to forge a 21-21 tie, and Apollo-Ridge scored on its next possession on quarterback Jake Fello’s 1-yard sneak to go ahead 28-21.
Valley answered 11 seconds later on Justin Hooper’s 58-yard run to tie the game at 28.
Then Apollo-Ridge scored 33 seconds later on Harmon’s 57-yard run.
Apollo-Ridge preserved the victory by making a stand late in the fourth quarter after turning the ball over on downs near the Valley 40-yard line.
Valley opened the scoring on Vaun Ross’ 14-yard pass from Cayden Quinn.
Apollo-Ridge tied the game on Harmon’s 13-yard run and took the lead when he scored from the 2.
Valley tied the game at 14 in the third quarter on Ricardo Simmons’ 62-yard heave from Quinn.
Harmon, a junior, rushed 30 times for 344 yards. Apollo-Ridge finished with 462 total yards and held Valley to 195. But Apollo-Ridge fumbled five times and lost three and committed nine penalties for 80 yards.
Apollo-Ridge plays at Steel Valley (2-3) on Friday. Steel Valley plays at Western Beaver today.