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Radford stays unbeaten

RADFORD — On a cool, damp rainy night, the Radford Bobcats beat the visiting Indians from Rural Retreat. Radford came into the game ranked ninth in the state in the most recent Group A Associated Press poll, and the 41-7 rout was the Bobcats’ eighth straight win dating back to last season.
Radford’s William Saunders scored two touchdowns, intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble during the contest.
The Cats got on the scoreboard first when Saunders intercepted Rural Retreat’s Jacob Whalen and returned it 20 yards for a TD. The extra point made it 7-0 at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter.
With 6:39 showing, Radford’s Patrick Webb raced 43 yards to paydirt and Michael Goodman’s PAT put the Bobcats up, 14-0.
Rural Retreat got on the board when running back Adam Evans went over from three yards out and Joshua Hall’s point after made it 14-7 with 7:14 to go before half.
On the very next possession, Saunders raced 40 yards for another Radford touchdown. But the Bobcats’ try for a two-point conversion failed, and Radford led 20-7 with 6:48 to go in the half.
Up 20-7 at halftime, Radford’s defense had given up 159 yards rushing to Rural Retreat, and the ‘Cats’ stay in the locker room at halftime seemed a little too long.
On the ensuing second half kickoff, the Cats fumbled and the Indians recovered. But Radford’s defense held and in fact, the Indians could manage only minus-17 yards.
This seemed to set the stage for the whole second half as Radford (4-0) held the Indians to minus-15 yards rushing in the second half.
Head coach Matthew Saunders noted, “We made some adjustments and got on ‘em good at halftime.”
With 8:01 remaining in the third quarter, Radford’s Dre Thompson scampered 16 yards for the score and Michael Goodman’s PAT put the Bobcats up, 27-7.
Rural Retreat’s next possession was stopped when Saunders intercepted his second pass and returned it to the Indians’ nine yard line. Three plays later, Radford’s sophomore sensation Dontae Carter ran a quarterback keeper from three yards out for another score. The PAT made it 34-7 with just three minutes to go in the third quarter.
Radford’s defense stopped the next drive and the Bobcats got the ball back at midfield. Ten plays and five and a half minutes later, backup QB Tyler Matusevich hit Jon Thompson with a four yard pass in the corner of the endzone and Goodman’s PAT put the final score at 41-7.
“Rural Retreat ran the veer offense real well and I didn’t think we tackled well in the first half,” said Radford coach Saunders. “They (Rural Retreat) have a great offensive line and we must be better up front next week.”
The Bobcats travel to Christiansburg next week to play the Blue Demons (3-1) with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.

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Radford stays unbeaten

RADFORD — On a cool, damp rainy night, the Radford Bobcats beat the visiting Indians from Rural Retreat. Radford came into the game ranked ninth in the state in the most recent Group A Associated Press poll, and the 41-7 rout was the Bobcats’ eighth straight win dating back to last season.
Radford’s William Saunders scored two touchdowns, intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble during the contest.
The Cats got on the scoreboard first when Saunders intercepted Rural Retreat’s Jacob Whalen and returned it 20 yards for a TD. The extra point made it 7-0 at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter.
With 6:39 showing, Radford’s Patrick Webb raced 43 yards to paydirt and Michael Goodman’s PAT put the Bobcats up, 14-0.
Rural Retreat got on the board when running back Adam Evans went over from three yards out and Joshua Hall’s point after made it 14-7 with 7:14 to go before half.
On the very next possession, Saunders raced 40 yards for another Radford touchdown. But the Bobcats’ try for a two-point conversion failed, and Radford led 20-7 with 6:48 to go in the half.
Up 20-7 at halftime, Radford’s defense had given up 159 yards rushing to Rural Retreat, and the ‘Cats’ stay in the locker room at halftime seemed a little too long.
On the ensuing second half kickoff, the Cats fumbled and the Indians recovered. But Radford’s defense held and in fact, the Indians could manage only minus-17 yards.
This seemed to set the stage for the whole second half as Radford (4-0) held the Indians to minus-15 yards rushing in the second half.
Head coach Matthew Saunders noted, “We made some adjustments and got on ‘em good at halftime.”
With 8:01 remaining in the third quarter, Radford’s Dre Thompson scampered 16 yards for the score and Michael Goodman’s PAT put the Bobcats up, 27-7.
Rural Retreat’s next possession was stopped when Saunders intercepted his second pass and returned it to the Indians’ nine yard line. Three plays later, Radford’s sophomore sensation Dontae Carter ran a quarterback keeper from three yards out for another score. The PAT made it 34-7 with just three minutes to go in the third quarter.
Radford’s defense stopped the next drive and the Bobcats got the ball back at midfield. Ten plays and five and a half minutes later, backup QB Tyler Matusevich hit Jon Thompson with a four yard pass in the corner of the endzone and Goodman’s PAT put the final score at 41-7.
“Rural Retreat ran the veer offense real well and I didn’t think we tackled well in the first half,” said Radford coach Saunders. “They (Rural Retreat) have a great offensive line and we must be better up front next week.”
The Bobcats travel to Christiansburg next week to play the Blue Demons (3-1) with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.

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