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Tigers rumble with Bears

New London players Blase Porter (1), Carter Allen (55) and Josh Glendening (9) bring down Winfield-Mt. Union’s Cam Buffington during the Tigers’ homecoming game earlier this year. (File)
New London players Blase Porter (1), Carter Allen (55) and Josh Glendening (9) bring down Winfield-Mt. Union’s Cam Buffington during the Tigers’ homecoming game earlier this year. (File)

As Jeff Goldbloom once said, ‘life finds a way.’ The heavily-touted New London (6-1) and English Valleys (7-1) football teams weren’t scheduled to meet up this year with too many district teams and too little time in a pandemic-shortened season, but they’ll get to throw down anyway when the Bears visit the Tigers for a Jurrasic Class 1A second-round matchup.

Both New London and English Valleys come into their second playoff game having only lost once. Both teams lost to No. 5 Montezuma, and both teams have handled any other competition that has come their way.

The Tigers have dominated every game they have won this season. New London has won all six by 29 points or more. On the flip side, English Valleys has won by 17 points or more in all seven of their victories.

New London’s Blaise Porter eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in the Tigers’ opening-round win over WACO. He has ran for 1,040 yards and 19 touchdowns on 104 attempts, which means the speedy quarterback averages 10 yards per carry. He has also thrown for 294 yards and six scores.

English Valleys has a strong running game with junior Beau Flander, who has ran for 1,484 yards and 25 touchdowns. Quarterback Cole Stephenson has thrown for 1,110 yards and 20 scores.

With a win, New London would advance to the Round of 16 for the fourth-straight year under head coach Mark McSorley, who has never missed the playoffs.