By LLOYD COMBS and GARY FAUBER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
MAX MEADOWS, Va. —
In a twist on a culinary theme, it was hold the Hamm and pass the Mabry for Fort Chiswell.
Quarterback Brett Mabry threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Pioneers feasted on the Grundy defense for a 44-3 win over the Golden Wave in the first round of the Group A, Division 2 Western Section playoffs Friday night.
Grundy (4-7) expected to have a difficult time containing Fort Chiswell running back Daniel Hamm and he did set the tone with a 24-yard run on the game’s first play from scrimmage, but the senior tailback only carried the ball six more times the rest of the game.
It was the mobile Mabry who did most of the damage. Mabry completed 9-of-12 passes for 234 yards, including three long touchdown passes to wide out Levi Mooney. Hamm added a 7-yard TD run and finished with 68 yards rushing.
“We knew Hamm was going to be a handful,” Grundy coach Jeremy Ward said. “We also knew (Mabry) liked to get on the edge and get going and he did.
“They threw a little more than we were probably expecting, but our coverage broke down a few times, too.”
Mabry had a 40-yard TD run on the second play of the game and threw for 179 yards in the first half alone, when the Pioneers (10-1) gained 321 yards on just 19 plays.
The Mabry-to-Mooney connection resulted in a 61-yard scoring strike in the first quarter, a 49-yarder in the second and a 31-yarder in the third.
While Fort Chiswell averaged 12.7 yards in amassing 506 yards of total offense Grundy managed just 72 yards overall, including 43 yards on the ground against a Pioneer defense led by 6-foot-6, 295-pound Coleman Thomas and 275-pound Greg Pistory.
A Division 1 prospect, Thomas is the son of former Richlands assistant coach and former Patrick Henry coach Richie Thomas.
“Even when we got our two interceptions we couldn’t do anything (offensively),” Ward added. “(Fort Chiswell is) big and agile inside. We had trouble moving the ball and stopping them.”
Brady McClanahan’s interception gave the Wave the ball at midfield late in the first half and a pick and 20-yard return by Trey Smith set Grundy up at the Pioneers’ 16-yard line.
That set up a 36-yard field goal by senior Wayne Mutter for Grundy’s only points.
At Max Meadows
Grundy.................................0 0 3 0 — 3
Fort Chiswell......................21 10 7 6 — 44
FC-Mabry 40 run (Gregory kick)
FC-Hamm 7 run (Gregory kick)
FC-Mooney 61 pass from Mabry (Gregory kick)
FC-Mooney 49 pass from Mabry (Gregory kick)
FC-Gregory 28 field goal
G-Mutter 36 field goal
FC-Mooney 31 pass from Mabry (Gregory kick)
FC-Beidleman 30 run (pass failed)
First Downs: G 4, FC 19; Rushes-Yards G 34-43, FC 28-272; Passing Yards: G 29, FC 234; Comp-Att-Int: G 3-9-0, FC 9-12-2; Fumbles-Lost: G 0-0, FC 0-0; Penalties-Yards: G 2-15, FC 2-20; Punts-Average: G 6-41.7, FC 1-41.0.
Scott Skyhawks soar past Wyoming East
By GARY FAUBER
for the Daily Telegraph
MADISON — Scott coach Shane Griffith feels his team is back to playing as well as it did the first six weeks of the season.
Led by an aggressive defense that was in Wyoming East quarterback Aaron Griffith’s face all night, the Class AA No. 7 Skyhawks dispatched the No. 10 Warriors 46-16 Friday night at Scott High.
Griffith was sacked five times and the Scott defense forced five turnovers. Griffith was intercepted twice.
“Our defense is very aggressive,” Shane Griffith said. “We blitz a lot with our scheme and we try to crowd the box.”
Sophomore Hunter Bradley had two fumble recoveries for the Skyhawks, who held East’s top two rushers, Jacob Summe and Chris Cecil, to 42 and 21 yards, respectively.
“Credit to Scott,” Wyoming East coach Gary Poindexter said.
“They have a tremendous defense. They tackle well and they are big and strong up front.”
Leading 25-7 at halftime, Scott got a 1-yard touchdown run from Cameron Loftus and a 12-yarder from Triston Crone to make it 39-7.
Cecil’s 31-yard field goal with 28 seconds to play in the third got East to within 39-10.
East went methodical on its next drive, running 14 plays and 65 yards over 7:54.
The series ended on Griffith’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Ty Treadway.
Scott (8-3) finished its scoring on the next drive with a 38-yard TD run by Loftus with 2:24 to play.
The Skyhawks, who won their first six games before closing the regular season with three losses in their last four, finished with 361 yards of offense.
“Fortunately for us,” Griffith said, “we were able to get our offense clicking again.”
The Warriors finished the year 7-4, a vast improvement from the combined 8-22 over the last three seasons combined.
“It’s just a compliment to our kids,” Poindexter said. “Their dedication and hard work and believing in the program. And senior leadership has been big this year, especially early on when we were struggling.”
East scored on its first drive of the game and used five different ball carriers.
Jacob Dulcie had a 41-yard run in the drive to get the Warriors into Scott territory.
Summe eventually carried in from two yards to put East ahead 7-0.
The shutout didn’t last long, and the lead evaporated soon after.
Robert Bias’ 70-yard touchdown run on a direct snap got the Skyhawks on the board, and Cody Brown’s 1-yard sneak capped off the next drive. The point after failed on both, but Scott led 12-7.
Touchdown passes of 29 yards from Brown to Michael Belcher and 37 from Joseph Jude to James Dehart raised the lead to 25-7 at the break.
The Warriors turned the ball over four times in the first half.
Scott (8-3) will travel to No. 2 Keyser in the second round. Keyser advanced by waxing Mingo Central 61-14 Friday night. Griffith said the game will be played at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Wyoming East (7-4)..............7 0 3 6 — 16
Scott (8-3).............................12 13 14 7 — 46
WE: Jacob Summe 2 run (Chris Cecil kick), 5:32.
S: Robert Bias 70 run (kick failed), 4:12.
S: Cody Brown 1 run (kick failed), :42.
S: Michael Belcher 29 pass from Brown (run failed), 8:14.
S: James Dehart 37 pass from Joseph Jude (Dezmond Cordero-Lopez kick), 3:32.
S: Cameron Loftus 23 run (Cordero-Lopez kick), 4:30.
WE: Chris Cecil 31 field goal, :28.1.
S: Triston Crone 12 run (Cordero-Lopez kick), :16.1.
WE: Ty Treadway 22 pass from Griffith (pass failed), 4:22.
S: Loftus 38 run (Cordero-Lopez kick). 2:24.
RUSHING — WE: Jacob Dulcie 6-68, Summe 13-42, Chase Lowman 7-29, Cecil 10-21, Nick Walker 1-7, Brian Whitt 2-7, Griffith 12-(-4). S: Bias 10-129, Loftus 6-57, Crone 6-31, Hunter Bradley 5-20, Brown 2-(-13).
PASSING — WE: Griffith 4-12-2-42. S: Brown 6-12-1-101, Jude 1-1-0-37, Bias 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — WE: Christian Hedinger 2-4, Treadway 1-22, Dulcie 1-16. S: Belcher 5-58, Crone 1-42, Dehart 1-37.
TURNOVERS — WE: Dulcie (INT), Ty Treadway (INT). S: Chris Osbourne (FR), Kirkland Price (INT), Bradley (2 FR), Bias (INT).
Rural Retreat dashes Hurley's hopes
RURAL RETREAT, Va. — Hurley High School’s visit to the postseason was a short one.
The Rural Retreat Indians (7-4) piled up five unanswered touchdowns using all three phases of the game and claimed a 32-6 win in the first round of the Group A, West Section, Division 1 playoffs on Friday night.
The Indians’ scores included an 80-yard kickoff return, a fumble recovery in the end zone, a 48-yard pass completion and two short touchdown runs.
The Rebels tallied the game’s last score, on an 8-yard run by Dillion Bailey in the final period. Ralph Jones and Bailey each had 60 rushing yards for Hurley (6-5).
The Indians outgained the Rebels 189 to 163 yards on the ground, and passed for 121 yards compared to Hurley’s 30. Hurley lost both of its fumbles but did not have a penalty all night.
At Rural Retreat
Hurley..........................0 0 0 6 — 6
Rural Retreat............14 6 12 0 — 32
RR – Epps 80 kickoff return on lateral handoff (Kelly pass from Wright)
RR – J. Thomas recover fumble in end zone (pass failed)
RR – J. Thomas 48 pass from Linkous (kick failed)
RR – Caudill 1 run (kick failed)
RR – Caudill 7 run (kick failed)
H – Bailey 8 run (pass failed)
First Downs: H 11, RR 14; Rushes-Yards: H 35-163, RR 39-189; Passing Yards: H 30, RR 121; Comp.-Att.-Int.: H 6-16-2, RR 6-14-0; Fumbles-Lost: H 2-2, RR 3-1; Penalties-Yards: H 0-0, RR 4-40.