A possible Timesland record…another stunning first-half performance…a roller coaster ride…and impressive young players.
That’s what caught my eye Friday night after Week 4 of the 2013 high school football season.
Here’s the Saturday morning play chart.
I can’t drive 55. But Blacksburg’s Carson Wise can. The senior place-kicker blasted three field goals in the Bruins’ 37-0 victory over Radford including a 55-yarder. I can’t access the Timesland records at the moment, but I think Wise’s kick might be tied for the top, perhaps with Shayne Graham of Pulaski County and Martinsville’s Jason O’Dell. I’ll check on that one. Regardless, Wise should now be in the top 10 on the VHSL career field goal list.
Trucking. Chris Thompson’s father is a long-haul truck driver. The Lord Botetourt senior running back carries a load himself. Thompson ran wild in a 56-0 romp over Richlands with 310 yards rushing, all in the first half as the Cavaliers led 50-0 at the break. A preseason goal of 2,000 yards sounded ambitious to Thompson. With almost all of his 888 yards coming in the last three games, the ante has been upped.
Not so fast, my friend. Tazewell had the comeback of the ages Friday against Chilhowie. Trailing 42-21 with just over a minute to play, Bulldogs QB Malik Davis threw a TD pass to cut the lead to 42-28. Tazewell recovered the onside kick and Davis fired another TD pass on the next play to make it 42-35. Unbelievably, Tazewell recovered another onside kick. Davis fired another TD pass and threw for a two-point conversion for a 43-42 lead with 31 seconds to play. But wait, Chilhowie had enough time to get in position for a field goal. Justin Jones kicked it from 24 yards and the Warriors won 45-43.
Shrinking list. With losses Friday night by William Byrd and William Fleming, there are now just five unbeaten Timesland teams. Northside, Lord Botetourt, Fort Chiswell, Giles and Auburn are the unblemished.
Might as well circle it now. The game of the year now shapes up to be Oct. 18 in Daleville when Northside visits Lord Botetourt. Northside has Staunton River and William Fleming before then, while Botetourt faces Alleghany and Lord Botetourt. Who thinks the Vikings and Cavaliers won’t both be 6-0 when they meet?
Still waiting. Floyd County coach Winfred Beale stands at 199 career victories after the Buffaloes’ 28-6 loss to George Wythe left them at 1-3. Salem’s Stephen Magenbauer has 99 wins in his nine-plus seasons at Salem. The Spartans have suffered back-to-back losses during the regular season for the first time in Magenbauer’s tenure after Friday’s 17-10 nailbiter at Northside.
Still waiting II. Two first-year coaches – Martinsville’s Orion Martin and Eastern Montgomery’s Brian Lee – are looking for their initial wins at their respective schools. A rookie head coach, Martin is looking for his first win period. He almost got it Friday, but Dan River scored two fourth-quarter TDs for a 32-28 victory. Martin figures to break into the win column next week when Martinsville plays Patrick County.
Action Jackson. He makes this list just about every week, but Northside freshman Tra’ Jackson is proving to be a special athlete. His 71-yard catch and run for the Vikings’ first TD in the victory over Salem was remarkable. He also had a 33-yard catch that set up another scoring opportunity but the drive ended with a turnover.
Sizzlin’ sophomore. Magna Vista’s Calin Jamison produced more than 2,000 yards total offense in 2012. So when sophomore Shoalin McGuire beat Jamison out for the starting quarterback job this fall, you had to believe the Warriors knew something. They did. McGuire has engineered back-to-back road wins over Franklin County and William Byrd. McGuire passed for 192 of Magna Vista’s 462 total yards in a 44-14 win over Byrd.
Getting late early. Franklin County, Rockbridge County, Floyd County and Bassett all have 1-3 records. Their postseason hopes are quickly disappearing. After Friday’s 37-0 loss to Blacksburg, Radford is in even worse shape at 0-4. Radford, Martinsville, Patrick County, Bland County and Eastern Montgomery are Timesland’s only winless teams.
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