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September 27, 2012

Prep football season reaches halfway mark

CASTLEWOOD, Va. — It’s the midway point of the 2012 high school football season and there are some pivotal games tonight for a number of teams around southwest Virginia.

That includes Grundy (2-2), which can go over or under the .500 mark this evening at Castlewood (2-3). Hurley (2-2) can do the same and add to its two-game winning streak as it hosts Thomas Walker (0-4). Haysi (2-2) looks for its second straight win as it visits Twin Springs (0-4).

Elsewhere around the Black Diamond District Twin Valley (0-5) starts the second half of its season at home against Phelps, Ky. (0-4) while Honaker (5-0) puts its unbeaten record on the line tonight at Richlands (4-1).

Grundy, which has a road game later this season at defending state champion Clintwood and a home game against Honaker, could use a win tonight in its quest for a third straight winning season and a third straigh playoff berth.

The Golden Wave comes into tonight’s contest off a disappointing effort all the way around last week in a 46-23 BDD loss at Haysi. Grundy struggled on offense and the Wave defense allowed 443 total yards. Special teams allowed a blocked punt.

Injuries were a factor. Senior standout Nick Travis saw limited action because of a hip injury while two other two-way starters, Kade Hackney and Tyler Clabough, both left with injuries.

“It’s a tough thing to overcome when you lose key people, especially during the game,” Grundy coach Jeremy Ward said. “But we still have to do a better job being aggressive and getting more physical on defense and play assignment football.”

The defense scored one of Grundy’s touchdowns last week when Dylan Billiter returned an interception 55 yards for a score. Trey Smith moved from wide out to the backfield and ran for 111 yards and a TD. Smith also had two interceptions and 158 all-purpose yards.

Castlewood lost most of the starters from the team Grundy edged, 21-20, last season. The Blue Devils, who are coached by former Grundy great David Scammell, are led by Reid Edmonds, an excellent athlete who plays all over the field.

Normally a wide receiver Edmonds ran for three touchdowns last week in a 21-0 win over Rye Cove. Edmonds sat out last year’s game with Grundy.



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