Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 19, 2013

Haysi tries to avoid letdown, Wave hosts G-Men

GRUNDY, Va. — Grundy and Graham renew a rivalry that dates back over 70 years when they meet tonight at Nelson Memorial Field.

It's one of five games involving BDD teams in week four of the regular season and four of them host non-district opponents.

Hurley (1-2) looks to end a two-game losing streak when it hosts Shelby Valley, Ky. (1-2). Elsewhere, Honaker (2-0) hosts Central-Wise (1-2) and Twin Valley (1-2) travels to Saltville to take on Northwood (2-1).

Haysi (2-0) hopes to guard against a letdown when it hosts Tug Valley (2-1) in interstate play after picking up the biggest win by BDD team not named Honaker in several years.

The Tigers ended an 8-game losing streak over state power and Dickenson County rival Clintwood with a 26-22 win over the Greenwave.

Clintwood took a 22-18 lead with 55 seconds remaining but Haysi quarterback Jalen Sykes moved his club 80 yards, twice on long passes to Tyler Mullins. The second one was a game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds to go.

“We told the kids at the start (of the final drive) you don’t have to panic, we haven’t lost the game," said Haysi coach James Colley, who is in his 32nd year at Tiger helm.

"The linemen, everybody rallied around each other and said 'let’s do it' and we got it done. It was a great win for our program and it was a total team effort."

Grundy coach Jeremy Ward, who competed against Graham during his Golden Wave career before his playing days at VMI, is happy to have the G-Men back on his schedule.

The two schools are in different regular season districts, but will compete Conference 39 of Group 2A when the post-season begins.

"Having Graham back on the schedule is exciting for our program," he said. "It allows us to renew a series with a program that we have the upmost respect for.

“Overall, we're excited to once again be playing on old Southwest District foe."


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