Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 19, 2013

Tazewell’s road warriors to meet Warriors in Chilhowie

TAZEWELL, Va. — The Road Team versus the Warriors.

Chilhowie (2-1) hosts Tazewell (0-3) Friday in a battle of two teams anxious to put last week behind them. The Bulldogs traveled to Sullivan Central and absorbed a 41-20 loss while Abingdon defeated the Warriors 27-18.

Both teams had strong runs in the second half before falling short.

Overall, the Bulldogs have dropped decisions at Virginia High (48-7) and Graham (30-14) before last week’s game at Sullivan Central. Friday will mark the fourth straight away game for Tazewell, which will finally play at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 27 with George Wythe.

“We have sent mixed messages so far,” notes Tazewell coach Shane Allen. “Against Virginia High and Graham, we jump-started our attack and got off to a good start. We led at Bluefield, for instance, and then allowed 30 points. Then last week, at Sullivan we got behind by 20 before we made a comeback. We still have not played four solid quarters. We have to do that to be a winner.”

Tazewell had a pair of fourth quarter scores last Friday, as quarterback Malik Davis and wideout Juwan Jordan connected for touchdowns. Davis also ran for a six-pointer.

For the Warriors, special teams was the highlight. Allen Peake raced 83 yards with a kick return for one touchdown and Ryan McCloskey scampered 55 yards on a punt return to pace the attack but the Falcons got a big lead early and then pulled away with a late score to seal the victory against Coach Jeff Robinson’s team.

Chilhowie, relying on a Power-I attack, opened with a dramatic 13-7 overtime win over Marion, when Justin Jones scored from seven yards out in the extra per iod to give the Warriors the win. Jones had 148 yards rushing.

He followed that up in week two by gaining 153 yards with three touchdowns as Chilhowie hammered J.I. Burton 42-27, including a mid-game stretch when the Warriors notched 22 unanswered points. Buddy Brooks added 146 yards on the ground for Chilhowie.

“Those two (Jones and Brooks) are a pretty good pair of running backs,” notes Allen, adding, “and Chilhowie has a big, strong line up front to help them. The quarterback, Tyler Pierce, manages the game well for them. Chilhowie is good along the line both offensively and defensively. They are a veteran, well-conditioned team.”

Tazewell’s Wing-T is sorting out some damaged feathers again. Standout runner Jacob McReynolds will be for the second straight week and emerging talent Chris Hall will be out with an injury, as well.

Jesse Mountain will be moving back to wide receiver and sophomore Nick Blankenship will likely take some handoffs as a running back. Brandon Coxton and Derrick Wallace will also run the ball for the Bulldogs. Allen expects that senior lineman Austin Allison is likely to see a lot of action Friday, as well.

“We are a work in progress offensively right now,” says Allen. “We have a lot of athletic ability and we are trying to overcome some injuries to put it all together.”

Experience is still a commodity that Allen & Co. are trying hard to secure.

“This week, we (Tazewell) will probably have two seniors starting on offense, with five juniors and four sophomores,” he says. “Defensively, we have one senior, five juniors, and five sophomores starting. We are working on that depth chart, playing hard now and keeping on preparing for the future at the same time.”

Chilhowie is a tough match for many teams and Allen knows what Tazewell must do for a shot at the victory.

“Two things — we have to run the ball and be able to defend the run. If we can do that, we can have success. Chilhowie has shown they can have a great running game and that is what we have to put together. Our goal is to make that a reality.”

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. with coverage on Kicks Country 107.7 FM.


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