CANEY — With the help of a special teams and defensive score in the opening minutes of play, the Caney Valley Bullpups jumped out to a quick 14-point lead before they even took their first snap against Erie.

By game’s end, the ‘Pups had controlled action from start to finish in blowing past the Red Devils 48-0 in a Tri-Valley League matchup last Friday at Caney High School Stadium.

“We came out and played with more intensity than we have been,” said CVHS coach Criss Davis. “That’s one of the things I’ve been harping on the guys about … to be more aggressive. We did a lot of good things. The defense played really well. We still have things to do better at on offense and defense. We’ve got to focus and work hard in practice to improve in those areas.”

Winners of seven of the past eight TVL championships, the Bullpups improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the league. Caney Valley looks to take another step towards the league title on Friday as it travels to Montgomery County rival Cherryvale for a key league showdown. The Chargers are 4-1 overall and in the league following last week’s 49-14 victory at Neodesha.

On the other side, Erie continued its struggles as it dropped to 0-5 overall and in league play. The Red Devils will hit the road this Friday for another TVL matchup at Eureka. The Tornadoes stand at 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the league following a 50-14 home loss to Humboldt.

It took all of 54 seconds for CVHS to take control of things against Erie. The ‘Pups scored immediately on an 83-yard return by Kurtis Gruver on the game’s opening kickoff. On Erie’s first possession, Carter Brown picked off a Red Devil pass and ran it back 22 yards for another score and a 14-0 lead less than a minute into the game.

Moments later, Caney Valley took its first offensive snap of the game and again found the end zone on a 77-yard touchdown run by Grant Richey. Matthew Simpson later added a 60-yard dash for six more points as the Bullpups had a 27-0 edge after 12 minutes of action.

The ‘Pups continued to dominate before halftime, getting a 29-yard scamper from Richey and a two-yard run by Brown for touchdowns. Richey then ran in his third score of the game from 55 yards away to give the host team a 45-0 halftime edge.

Kicker Erik Kyser provided the only points of the second half on a 23-yard field goal to close the third quarter.

CVHS had 417 total yards, with 340 of that coming on the ground. Richey was the game’s top rusher with six carries for 183 yards.

Erie finished the game with just 134 yards.

Caney Valley has won the last seven meetings against Erie by a combined score of 333-34.

(Photo credit to Sheri Thompson)