A lot of purple will flood the scene at Oakwood Friday night when Twin Valley plays host to intrastate rival River View.
The Panthers come off the bye week with high hopes after a 54-42 win over Craig County on September 27th. Wade Cantrell led the Panthers on the long road trip with two touchdown passes as Twin Valley avenged last year’s lost to the Rockets. The Panthers are searching for its first win at home in over a year. Twin Valley was last victorious at home on October 4, 2018 in a 48-28 victory over East Ridge, KY.
River View fell to Wyoming East last week in Bradshaw by a score of 48-21. The Raiders were unable to knock off former Mount View head coach Larry Thompson in his return to McDowell County. However, the Raiders are searching to come out with a winning record over the Buchanan County trio. The Raiders fell to Grundy on September 6 by a score of 20-18. However, the Raiders won a thriller on homecoming against Hurley in a 40-34 contest that took three overtimes to decide.
In the years before Big Creek and Iaegar consolidated to form River View High School, Twin Valley faced Big Creek four times in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008. Twin Valley was 1-3 in that series. Until River View’s win over Hurley earlier this season, Big Creek’s win over Twin Valley in 2008 was the last time a team from McDowell County had knocked off a team from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
However, Friday night’s matchup will be the first ever meeting between Twin Valley and River View.
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