GLENVAR, Va. —
The road to a state championship in Group 2A West will have to come through Pearisburg this postseason.
Giles confirmed this fact on Friday night as they completed an undefeated regular season with an impressive 57-21 win over Glenvar in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Spartans (5-0, 10-0) were dominant on both sides of the ball. The single wing offense rushed for over 450 yards while the Giles’ defense forced seven Highlander turnovers.
“Finishing (the regular season) undefeated is a heck of an accomplishment, especially with the teams that we played,” Giles head coach Jeff Williams said. “The Three Rivers District is always as tough as nails.”
Giles will now be the No. 1 seed in Group 2A West, while Glenvar (5-5, 3-2) came into the game rated 13th and will await its postseason fate this weekend.
The game was scoreless through most of the first period before the Spartans broke through on John Teats 15 yard TD run with 15 seconds left in the period to go up 7-0. The score was set up by an interception from the Spartans’ Dakoda Shrader on the previous play.
Glenvar tied the game at 7 early in the second period when quarterback Levi Mullins hit wide receiver Jake Shaffer in the back right corner of the end zone on a nine-yard pass. It was the first of three touchdown passes for Mullins on the night.
Giles, however, took the lead for good at the 9:12 mark of the second when Brett Whitlow busted up the middle for a 49-yard touchdown to make it 14-7.
Whitlow, Teats and Tyler Perdue each scored two touchdowns for Giles. Perdue scored one of his on an 80 interception return late in the fourth quarter that wrapped up the scoring.
Perdue, who finished with 151 rushing yards, credited the offense’s success to his offensive line and the rotation he is in with fellow running back Brian Mann. Typically Perdue and Mann alternate offensive possessions in the Spartan backfield.
“Me and Brian have been doing that all year,” Perdue said. “It helps me out a lot to stay fresh.”
Mann had 91 yards on ground including a 30-yard TD run midway through the third that put the Spartans up 29-7.
“We’ve got some guys that can really haul the mail and our offensive line stepped up,” Williams said.
Glenvar’s offense also had success moving the ball, but were hampered by seven turnovers including five interceptions of Mullins.
“There’s a reason why Giles is 10-0 and probably is going to go far in the playoffs, but we weren’t protecting the ball,” Glenvar head coach Kevin Clifford said. “No one can overcome seven turnovers.”
Now with the regular season behind them Giles is looking ahead to the possibilities the postseason presents.
“If we play like we’ve been playing then we’ll be fine,” Perdue said.
Giles...............................7 15 21 14 — 57
Glenvar...........................0 7 7 7 — 21
G - Teats 15 run (Whitlow kick)
Gl - Shaffer 9 pass from Mullins (Thompson kick)
G- Whitlow 49 run (Whitlow kick)
G- Teats 4 run (Perdue run)
G- Mann 30 run (Whitlow kick)
G- Perdue 69 run (Whitlow kick)
Gl - Martin 71 pass from Mullins (Thompson kick)
G- Whitlow 60 run (Whitlow kick)
G- Graham 26 run (Whitlow kick)
Gl- Shaffer 21 pass from Mullins (Thompson kick)
G- Perdue 80 interception return (Whitlow kick)
First Downs 16 17
Yards Rushing 455 141
Passes C-A-I 1-4-0 13-27-5
Yards Passing 27 276
Penalties-Yards 4-40 2-11
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-2
Punts-average 2-38.5 2-35.5
RUSHING - Giles, Perdue 9-151, Whitlow 9-130, Mann 13-91, Teats 5-31, Boggess 1-(-5), Meadows 2-16, Graham 4-37, Pratt 1-4. Glenvar, Smith 23-139, Mullins 2-2.
PASSING- Giles, Mann 1-3-0-27, Perdue 0-1-0-0. Glenvar, Mullins 13-27-5-276.
RECEIVING - Giles, Boggess 1-27. Glenvar, Martin 6-189, Shaffer 2-30, Clifford 4-41, Lovelace 1-16.
Ft. Chiswell 49, Bland County 20
MAX MEADOWS, Va. — Fort Chiswell (9-1, 4-1) raced to a 42-0 first-quarter lead behind two touchdown runs each by Patrick Beidleman and Dallas Ward en route to a Mountain Empire District win over the Bears (0-10, 0-5).
Fort Chiswell forced five Bland County turnovers.
Mason Christian ran for 76 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries for Bland County.
Bland County.........................0 6 6 8 — 20
Fort Chiswell........................42 7 0 0 — 49
FC — Ward 21 run (Cook kick)
FC — Odum 10 fumble return (Cook kick)
FC — Beidleman 10 run (Cook kick))
FC — Mabry 29 run (Cook kick)
FC — Ward 5 run (Cook kick)
FC — Beidleman 21 run (Cook kick)
FC — Widelo 2 run (Cook kick)
BC — Christian 50 run (pass failed)
BC — Christian 18 run (pass failed)
BC — Arnold 2 run (Walker run)
Wyoming East 42, Liberty 6
NEW RICHMOND — The Class AA No. 5 Wyoming East Warriors exploded for 36 points in the second and third quarters to defeat the Liberty Raiders.
Christian Hedinger scored on two touchdown passes (15, 20) from Aaron Griffith and also scored on a 40-yard run to lead the Warriors (9-1). Hedinger, along with Josh Poindexter, had one 2-point conversion reception.
Jacob Summe and Coty Bishop did the ground work as Summe rushed for 122 yards and Bishop scored twice (2, 31).
Wyoming East (9-1) will host a first round playoff game against a team to be announced Sunday. The Liberty finish at 4-6.
Liberty..................................0 0 0 0 — 6
Wyoming East.....................0 15 21 6 — 42
L (4-6) 0 0 0 6 — 6
WE (9-1) 0 15 21 6 — 42
WE: Christian Hedinger 15 pass from Aaron Griffith (Hedinger pass from Griffith)
WE: Hedinger 40 run (Tristen Jones kick)
WE: Hedinger 20 pass from Griffith (Josh Poindexter pass from Griffith)
WE: Coty Bishop 2 run (Jones kick)
WE: Casey Saunders fumble return for TD (kick failed)
WE: Bishop 31 run (kick failed)
L: 2 run (pass failed)
RUSHING — WE: Jacob Summe 15-122, Bishop 9-69, Griffith 6-11, Hedinger 4-65, Nick Walker 2-12,Jacob Dulcie 1-13, Brian Whitt 4-27.
PASSING — WE: Griffith 9-10-0-51-2.
RECEIVING — WE: Hedinger 6-41, Dulcie 1-1, Whitt 1-6, Poindexter 1-3.
Mingo Central 70, Mount View 8
MATEWAN — On their home field, the playoff-bound Miners (8-2) ended the season of the injury-depleted Golden Knights (1-9) with a lopsided decision on Friday night.
Twin Valley 47, Hurley 46
PILGRIM’S KNOB, Va. — The Twin Valley Panthers (4-6) shocked the Rebels (5-5) in a season-ending shootout on Friday, likely knocking Hurley out of the postseason.
The Panthers wrapped up their best season since 2006.