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High School Football Recap:

—Pulaski County Wins
—Locker Room
—Radford falls to East Mont
—Friday Night’s Scores
PULASKI COUNTY ROLLS TO 8-0!!

By DAN CALLAHAN 
SWT Sports Writer

     BLACKSBURG — First “Mother Nature’’ came along, dropped a lot of water on the festivities, and ruined Blacksburg’s 2008 Homecoming. Then to make matters worse, Pulaski County’s football team comes to the Bruins’ new facility off Price’s Fork Road, rolls to a 41-20 victory, and ruins the new field dedication.
While it was certainly not a great evening for Blacksburg, it was all that and more for the Cougars. Pulaski County is now 8-0 on the season, 3-0 in the River Ridge District, and is state playoff bound. The win locked up a Region Four, Division 4 playoff berth for the Cougars. If they have the home field advantage, where they are seeded, and all that stuff will be determined by the next two weeks and if Pulaski County wins the RRD championship, and by how high a Virginia High School League Power Rating they have at the conclusion of the regular season. Going into Friday’s game, they were second in the region, just behind long time rival Salem.
“Last year we let Blacksburg sneak up and take a game away from us that we should have won. Maybe this makes up some for that, but I know I’m proud of our team. We made some big plays out there tonight, had some outstanding efforts, and I also want to credit our coaching staff for an outstanding job. We had the best underneath pass coverage in this game we have ever had before, and it was the staff that put the scheme in place and got the team ready. I give them total credit for a superb defensive plan, and the kids executed what they were coached perfectly,’’ said head coach Jack Turner in a happy Cougar locker room
“We got a victory we wanted here tonight, we’re 8-0, we’re going to the playoffs, and all that’s good, very good, but we must move on. There are battles to be won down the road. We haven’t reached any of those goals we talked about before the season for this team. Christiansburg is next. Enjoy this win, you  should, but be prepared to get ready for Christiansburg next week. We need to put this one away in a couple of days and move on, and I know this team will do that,’’ said a proud Turner.
Pulaski County led from the outset. Fullback Seth Parris who went over 100 yards rushing for the first time this season with 125, completed an 11-play, 80-yard drive with the opening kickoff when he bolted up the middle of the Blacksburg defense from 15 yards out. Matt Songer’s kick put the Cougars up 7-0.
It looked like the rout was on when the Bruins went three and out, botched the fourth down snap, and the Cougars had the ball and a first down at the Blacksburg 32. They quickly moved to a first and goal at the eight, but the drive fizzled badly. Quarterback Luke Watson missed two passes, Parris was stopped at the four on third down, and then Songer missed a 20-yard field goal.
Then Blacksburg came right back with their only positive possession of the first half, but it was a good one. The Bruins moved 80 yards in seven plays with David Bales rambling 27 yards right through the middle of the PC defense, but a bad kick enabled the Cougars to stay on top 7-6.
But as has been the case so far this season, when fired upon, Pulaski County fires back, and the Cougars took the ensuing kickoff and bulled 63 yards behind great blocking by the offensive line and determined running by Parris. On the 15th play of the drive, Parris pounded over from the two. Songer was good for 14-6.
Following the kickoff Parris decided to get active on defense. The Cougar coaches called for a linebacker stunt and Parris slammed BHS quarterback Trey Gresh to the turf for an eight-yard loss and forced a punt.
Parris’ sack setup the opportunity for him to get his third touchdown of the first half. It took eight plays of serious, hard nosed football for the Cougars to move 42 yards, but it was Parris and the offensive front again that did the job. It helped that quarterback Luke Watson also tossed in a 20-yard run when he faked into the line to Parris, but at this point, anytime Parris did not have the ball it seemed like a fake. The Cougar senior bulled his way over from two yards out again, Songer put his best foot forward, and it was 21-6 at the half for Pulaski County.
Dominance at the line of scrimmage was obvious at the break. Blacksburg had only 14 offensive snaps the first half, and even though they had an 80-yard scoring drive, actually finished with just 69 yards of total offense. That was due to Parris’ sack, the botched fourth down punt snap, and another quarterback sack by defensive tackle Josh Miller. Take away the one scoring drive, and the Bruins were minus 11 after two quarters.
Gresh, who led the winning rally at PC last year, had just 46 passing yards, and was minus six rushing.
Parris had 92 yards rushing at the half, Watson had 50 as he has made the option a big weapon for the Pulaski County offense, and Nubian Peak had 46 as the Cougars rushed for 213 yards.
But the skies really opened up in the second half, and not with raindrops, or those “Eat More Chicken Cows’’ we see on television. It was Pulaski County showing its versatility.
First Watson and wideout Zane Quenenberry hooked up down the middle of the field on a beautiful 75-yard scoring pass and run play. Peak seemed to slip through about a half dozen tackle attempts by Bruin defenders and dashed 24 yards to paydirt, and then topped off the big night with a 66-yard sprint down the sideline for the final tally of the evening, and the 41-20 victory.
To its credit, Blacksburg tried, but just couldn’t match the play-making ability of the Cougars. Following the second half kickoff Bales again got free and zipped 58 yards down the middle of the field to the end zone. Bales became the only player to rush for 100 yards in a game against Pulaski County this season, and BHS is the only team to run for 100.
The biggest play of the game for the Bruins was a nice 69-yard pass from Gresh to Eric Houff, and the two-point play with Bales worked too as the margin was cut to 27-20, but nobody had enough time to get concerned because on the second play following the kickoff, Watson and Quesenberry teamed up from 75 to quickly eliminate any doubt.
Pulaski County rushed for 353 yards. Watson was four of eight passing for 119 more, one interception and the big TD to Quesenberry who must use super glue before every game because very little escapes his grasp in a football game. It was 472 yards of total offense for the Cougars, and 22 big first downs as this team continues to strike from all angles.
Peak rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, Parris got his 125 on 28 rushes, Watson finished with 53 on 11 tries, Jolly Martin ran for 14 yards on four carries, and E.J. Dobbins got a yard on one try. Peak caught two of Watson’s aerials for 39 yards, and Quesenberry two for 80.
Blacksburg finished with 147 yards rushing and Gresh was nine of 22 passing for 135. The 282 total yards allowed was a high for the Cougar defense this season.
Pulaski County will take its spotless 8-0 record to the turf at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium next Friday against Christiansburg. 

BALL CONTROL FIRST HALF/BIG PLAY SECOND HALF

LOCKER ROOM 
BY DAN CALLAHAN
SWT SPORTS WRITER

    BLACKSBURG — It was ball control in the first half for Pulaski County Friday at Blacksburg as the Cougars locked up a berth in the Region Four, Division 4 playoffs with a 41-20 win over the Bruins. In the second half, it was the big plays that got the job done for Pulaski County.
Blacksburg tried to keep pace, and made a big play every now and then to try and remain in contention, but just didn’t have enough firepower.
Another aspect of this now 8-0 undefeated Cougar team that came to light in the first half was the improvement in the play of the offensive line.
In the first half fullback Seth Parris carried the pigskin 19 times for 92 yards and would finish with 125 on the night. Those type of tough inside yards don’t happen if somebody isn’t getting the job done up front.
The offensive line was one of the biggest question marks concerning the overall quality of this Pulaski County football team entering the 2008 season. With the continued improvement of tight end Brandon Hazzard (6-0, 245 sr.), tackles Josh Lambert (6-5, 230 jr.) and Josh Miller (6-3, 305 sr.), guards Cam Bailey (6-1, 270 sr.), and Ralph Miller (5-9, 245 sr.), and center Tim Wojcik (5-9, 265 sr.), there is little doubt that this group has now become an asset.
Parris was certainly happy with the guys that pave the way for him after going over the 100-yard mark for the first time this season.
“I’m excited,’’ said Parris. “It’s a big thing for a fullback to run for over 100 yards, and I’m real proud of that, and I also want to thank those guys on the offensive line. They knocked ‘em off the ball tonight for me. I knew I had a big first half, but those guys were really working hard up front, and it’s tough on defenses. Our offense can attack you from so many different directions with so many different players, it’s hard to defend us. I’m loving it,’’ smiled Parris.
While Parris and his buddies up front plowed the way through the Bruin defenders in the first half, it was the big play in the second half.
First halfback Nubian Peak scored from 24 yards out on a play that seemed to end two or three times, but he just didn’t go down.
“It was a little wet, not much, but things were slick out there. It seemed like they just kept sliding off me. I thought I was going down a couple of times, but just tried to keep moving my feet, and all of a sudden I popped free and took off.’’
The other touchdown was the last of the game. This run didn’t feature great balance, just speed, and Peak complimented that offensive front too.
“It was a counter play that’s a take-off from a mis-direction play we run. We thought the play was there, and it was. I just made a cut at the corner, and took off. The guys gave me some room to run, and the play just broke wide open’’ said Peak.
The third big play of the second half came through the airways. Some of the airlines would probably like to have wideout Zane Quesenberry and quarterback Luke Watson drawing up some air routes for them these days.
Quesenberry explained the play that went for a 75-yard touchdown was new and just installed during practice for the Blacksburg game during the week.
“It was a new play,’’ beamed Quesenberry on the sidelines. “Luke put the ball right there. It was a perfect pass. It was a play designed to go deep from our x-over package. It worked,’’ added Quesenberry.
It sure did. A lot of things worked Friday night for Pulaski County as the Cougars ruined the dedication of the new playing facility off Prices Fork Road. It was also Homecoming for the Bruins, but the weather didn’t dampen the spirits or the ability of Pulaski County.
The Cougars made it happen up front, on the ground, around the end, up the gut, or through the air.
Watson and Quesenberry have become a lethal combination in the passing game, Peak is a big play just waiting to happen, Parris is a bulldozer inside, and yes, that offensive line is getting the job done too.
Next comes Christiansburg as Pulaski County will try and remain undefeated and go 9-0. It sort of makes you wonder what might happen next. 

Mustangs stampede Radford

By RODNEY YOUNG
SWT Sports Writer

SHAWSVILLE — What started out as a cool, windy and rainy night turned into a nightmarish evening for the Radford Bobcats.
Things went well to begin with for the Cats as they went up 10-0, but Eastern Montgomery proceeded to score 32 straight points to defeat Radford, 32-10.
The victory for the Mustangs was the first ever over the visiting Radford Bobcats and fans for Eastern Montgomery even stormed the field after their victory.
Radford struck first when Michael Goodman kicked a 35-yard field goal with 6 minutes to go in the first quarter.
East Mont was held to three plays and a punt as Radford partially blocked Shawn Christian’s punt from the endzone and took the ball on East Mont’s 30.
William Saunders ran off tackle on first down for 22 yards and Radford was in business first and goal at the 8 yard line.
Dre Thompson then ran 6 yards on second down to paydirt and the point after put Radford up 10-0 with 3 minutes left in the first quarter.
After a couple of possession changes, the Mustangs took over the ball at their own 33 with 6 and a half minutes to go before halftime.
Five plays netted 27 yards and East Mont had fourth and four at the Bobcats’ 40.
The Mustangs then used some trickery by moving from a punt formation to the "muddle huddle" with Christian turning from punter to quarterback and throwing a 40-yard touchdown pass to Brad Wooten. A two-point conversion pass was no good and Radford still lead 10-6 with 4 and a half minutes before the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Mustangs played another trick on the Bobcats as they recovered an onside kick at the Cats’ 45.
Twelve plays and three first downs later, the Mustangs were at second and goal at the 2.
Running back Chad Raines then bowled over into the endzone for six. Christian then hit Raines for a two-point conversion, putting the Mustangs up 14-10 with just 27 seconds before the half.
East Mont’s first possession of the second half was capped off with Raines diving over from the two yard line for six more. A two-point conversion pass was no good, but the Mustangs were up 20-10 at the 8 minute mark of the third quarter.
Things just went even further south for the Bobcats when at 5:35 to go in the game, Christian scored on a one-yard sneak as the Mustangs went up 26-10.
Eastern Montgomery (5-3, 2-1) scored again with just 2 minutes left when Raines went around right end for a 1-yard TD putting the final, 32-10 Mustangs.
The Mustangs held Radford to just four yards of total offense in the third quarter, the quarter Radford has owned against opponents all year until Friday night.
Radford’s loss puts their mark at 6-2 on the year and 2-1 in the Three Rivers District.
The loss may cost the Bobcats a playoff appearance. They will have to win out and hope things fall their way.
"Eastern Montgomery out played us, out coached us and they were ready to play and we weren’t," said a disappointed Radford head coach Matthew Saunders.
"It’s my fault and don’t take anything away from Eastern Montgomery, but the ball didn’t go our way tonight."
Radford will try to get back on track next Friday as they take on Glenvar at 7:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

Radford 10 0 0 0 —10
East Mont 0 14 6 12 —32

R — Goodman 35 FG
R — D. Thompson 6 run (Goodman kick)
EM — Wooten 40 pass from Christian (2-point failed)
EM — Raines 2 run (Raines pass from Christian)
EM — Raines 2 run (pass failed)
EM — Christian 1 run (pass failed)
EM — Raines 1 run (run failed)

R EM
First Downs 7 13
Rushes-Yards 24-33 48-166
Passes C-A-I 8-17-2 7-16-0
Yards Passing 88 89
Penalties-yards 4-43 5-25
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Punts-Average 4-21 4-31

Individual stats
Rushing — Radford: Saunders 2-25, D. Thompson 7-15, Carter 8-(-3), P. Webb 7-(-4)
East Mont: Raines 25-81, Sisson 2-35, Christian 14-33, Shelor 6-17, Deare 1-0
Passing — Radford: Carter 8-17-2, 88
East Mont: Christian: 7-16-0, 89
Receiving — Radford: J. Thompson 3-30, Saunders 3-47, P. Webb 1-5, D. Thompson 1-6
East Mont: Stewart 4-37, Wooten 2-46, Shelor 1-6

FRIDAY’S VA. PREP FOOTBALL SCORES

By The Associated Press

Amherst County 44, Staunton River 0
Annandale 32, West Potomac 27
Bath County 33, Pendleton County, W.Va. 14
Battlefield 36, Fauquier 31
Bayside 26, Princess Anne 14
Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 33, Kettle Run 12
Bland County 19, Galax 8
Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 10, Roanoke Catholic 7
Blue Ridge 26, Nansemond-Suffolk 21
Briar Woods 30, Heritage (Leesburg) 9
Broad Run 38, Potomac Falls 0
Brooke Point 42, Albemarle 7
Brookville 21, Heritage-Lynchburg 7
Bruton 26, York 13
Buffalo Gap 37, Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg 0
Chancellor 49, King George 0
Chantilly 34, Centreville 14
Chilhowie 49, Rural Retreat 23
Christiansburg 38, Cave Spring 6
Churchland 7, Booker T. Washington 6
Clarke County 41, Manassas Park 17
Clintwood 27, J.I. Burton 13
Collegiate-Richmond 35, Norfolk Academy 14
Colonial Beach 45, King & Queen 8
Colonial Forge 34, Riverbend 14
Courtland 34, Caroline 12
Covenant School 45, Trinity Episcopal 10
Cumberland 43, Amelia County 0
Dan River 20, Altavista 7
Deep Run 42, Mills Godwin 0
Dinwiddie 47, Prince George 10
E.C. Glass 30, Patrick Henry-Roanoke 22
Eastern Montgomery 32, Radford 10
Eastern View 60, Washington, W.Va. 14
Edison 51, Washington-Lee 0
Essex 30, Lancaster 7
Fairfax 34, Falls Church 7
First Colonial 14, Ocean Lakes 7, OT
Fort Chiswell 29, Grayson County 6
Franklin 44, Nandua 0
Gar-Field 10, Freedom (Woodbridge) 7
Gate City 20, Lee High 7
George Marshall 14, South Lakes 12
George Wythe-Wytheville 49, Northwood 6
Goochland 14, Buckingham County 7
Grafton 41, Warhill 6
Graham 10, Abingdon 6
Great Bridge 38, King’s Fork 17
Green Run 30, Salem-Va. Beach 0
Gretna 43, Appomattox 9
GW-Danville 28, Franklin County 21
Hampton Christian 20, Catholic 12
Hampton 23, Bethel 21
Hanover 35, Atlee 0
Harrisonburg 32, Turner Ashby 7
Henrico 27, Armstrong 12
Hermitage 34, Douglas Freeman 28
Herndon 41, James Robinson 23
Hickory 35, Nansemond River 13
Highland Springs 41, Lee-Davis 14
Holston 28, Castlewood 12
Honaker 41, Hurley 14
Huguenot 26, George Wythe-Richmond 0
Indian River 30, Lakeland 0
Isle of Wight Academy 41, Southampton Academy 0
James Madison 49, McLean 10
James Monroe 51, Spotsylvania 27
James River-Buchanan 47, Craig County 6
James Wood 27, Skyline 6
Jefferson Forest 38, Bassett 10
Kellam 30, Tallwood 0
King William 34, Middlesex 0
Lake Taylor 29, Granby 0
Landstown 52, Kempsville 50, 3OT
Liberty-Bedford 41, Rustburg 26
Liberty-Fauquier 54, Culpeper 0
Lloyd Bird 28, Cosby 20
Lord Botetourt 20, Alleghany 14
Loudoun County 42, Freedom (South Riding) 10
Madison County 16, George Mason 6
Manchester 28, James River-Chesterfield 6
Marion 20, Virginia High 6
Martinsville 11, Tunstall 0
Maryland School for the Deaf, Md. 47, Fuqua School 6
Matoaca 42, Hopewell 16
Meadowbrook 28, Colonial Heights 0
Millbrook 34, Woodstock Central 19
Monacan 27, Midlothian 20
Monticello 28, Fluvanna 13
Mount Vernon 22, Yorktown 20
Mountain View 42, North Stafford 14
Norcom 45, Woodrow Wilson 0
Norfolk Christian 22, Greenbrier Christian 0
North Cross 69, Hampton Roads 8
Norview 22, Maury 21
Oakton 30, Westfield 18
Orange County 41, Louisa 26
Oscar Smith 49, Deep Creek 0
Park View-Sterling 13, Dominion 0
Parry McCluer 39, Covington 6
Patrick County 47, Magna Vista 18
Patrick Henry-Ashland 48, TJ-Richmond 0
Paul VI 41, Gonzaga College, D.C. 38, 2OT
Poquoson 35, New Kent 0
Potomac 20, Forest Park 14
Powell Valley 54, Pound 7
Powhatan 31, Park View-South Hill 0
Prince Edward County 56, Bluestone 21
Pulaski County 41, Blacksburg 20
R.E. Lee-Staunton 26, Rockbridge 6
Randolph Henry 26, Central Senior 14
Randolph-Macon 55, Fishburne Military 0
Richlands 23, Carroll County 7
Riverheads 21, Luray 7
Rye Cove 42, St. Paul 26
Salem 14, Hidden Valley 7
Sherando 46, Brentsville 7
Smithfield 42, Southampton 21
South County 28, Hayfield 21
Spotswood 20, Broadway 7
St. Annes-Belfield 51, Christchurch 14
Stafford 47, Massaponax 42
Stone Bridge 70, TJ-Alexandria 7
Stonewall Jackson-Manassas 28, Osbourn Park 20
Surry County 38, Windsor 26
Sussex Central 60, Charles City 0
Tabb 21, Jamestown 14
Tazewell 42, Grundy 6
Thomas Dale 28, Petersburg 14
Thomas Walker 22, Twin Springs 14
Twin Valley 28, Ervinton 12
W.T. Woodson 28, Langley 14
Wakefield 42, J.E.B. Stuart 18
Warwick 34, Heritage-Newport News 7
Washington & Lee 41, Rappahannock 10
West Point 22, Mathews 20
West Springfield 41, Lake Braddock 20
Western Albemarle 41, Charlottesville 0
Western Branch 28, Grassfield 17
William Byrd 21, Northside 13
William Campbell 42, Nelson County 0
William Fleming 27, Halifax County 10
Wilson Memorial 38, Page County 0
Woodbridge 35, C.D. Hylton 6
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
Giles vs. Floyd County, ppd. to Oct 27.
Auburn vs. Glenvar, ppd. to Oct 27.
Stuarts Draft vs. Fort Defiance, ppd. to Oct 27.

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High School Football Recap:

—Pulaski County Wins
—Locker Room
—Radford falls to East Mont
—Friday Night’s Scores
PULASKI COUNTY ROLLS TO 8-0!!

By DAN CALLAHAN 
SWT Sports Writer

     BLACKSBURG — First “Mother Nature’’ came along, dropped a lot of water on the festivities, and ruined Blacksburg’s 2008 Homecoming. Then to make matters worse, Pulaski County’s football team comes to the Bruins’ new facility off Price’s Fork Road, rolls to a 41-20 victory, and ruins the new field dedication.
While it was certainly not a great evening for Blacksburg, it was all that and more for the Cougars. Pulaski County is now 8-0 on the season, 3-0 in the River Ridge District, and is state playoff bound. The win locked up a Region Four, Division 4 playoff berth for the Cougars. If they have the home field advantage, where they are seeded, and all that stuff will be determined by the next two weeks and if Pulaski County wins the RRD championship, and by how high a Virginia High School League Power Rating they have at the conclusion of the regular season. Going into Friday’s game, they were second in the region, just behind long time rival Salem.
“Last year we let Blacksburg sneak up and take a game away from us that we should have won. Maybe this makes up some for that, but I know I’m proud of our team. We made some big plays out there tonight, had some outstanding efforts, and I also want to credit our coaching staff for an outstanding job. We had the best underneath pass coverage in this game we have ever had before, and it was the staff that put the scheme in place and got the team ready. I give them total credit for a superb defensive plan, and the kids executed what they were coached perfectly,’’ said head coach Jack Turner in a happy Cougar locker room
“We got a victory we wanted here tonight, we’re 8-0, we’re going to the playoffs, and all that’s good, very good, but we must move on. There are battles to be won down the road. We haven’t reached any of those goals we talked about before the season for this team. Christiansburg is next. Enjoy this win, you  should, but be prepared to get ready for Christiansburg next week. We need to put this one away in a couple of days and move on, and I know this team will do that,’’ said a proud Turner.
Pulaski County led from the outset. Fullback Seth Parris who went over 100 yards rushing for the first time this season with 125, completed an 11-play, 80-yard drive with the opening kickoff when he bolted up the middle of the Blacksburg defense from 15 yards out. Matt Songer’s kick put the Cougars up 7-0.
It looked like the rout was on when the Bruins went three and out, botched the fourth down snap, and the Cougars had the ball and a first down at the Blacksburg 32. They quickly moved to a first and goal at the eight, but the drive fizzled badly. Quarterback Luke Watson missed two passes, Parris was stopped at the four on third down, and then Songer missed a 20-yard field goal.
Then Blacksburg came right back with their only positive possession of the first half, but it was a good one. The Bruins moved 80 yards in seven plays with David Bales rambling 27 yards right through the middle of the PC defense, but a bad kick enabled the Cougars to stay on top 7-6.
But as has been the case so far this season, when fired upon, Pulaski County fires back, and the Cougars took the ensuing kickoff and bulled 63 yards behind great blocking by the offensive line and determined running by Parris. On the 15th play of the drive, Parris pounded over from the two. Songer was good for 14-6.
Following the kickoff Parris decided to get active on defense. The Cougar coaches called for a linebacker stunt and Parris slammed BHS quarterback Trey Gresh to the turf for an eight-yard loss and forced a punt.
Parris’ sack setup the opportunity for him to get his third touchdown of the first half. It took eight plays of serious, hard nosed football for the Cougars to move 42 yards, but it was Parris and the offensive front again that did the job. It helped that quarterback Luke Watson also tossed in a 20-yard run when he faked into the line to Parris, but at this point, anytime Parris did not have the ball it seemed like a fake. The Cougar senior bulled his way over from two yards out again, Songer put his best foot forward, and it was 21-6 at the half for Pulaski County.
Dominance at the line of scrimmage was obvious at the break. Blacksburg had only 14 offensive snaps the first half, and even though they had an 80-yard scoring drive, actually finished with just 69 yards of total offense. That was due to Parris’ sack, the botched fourth down punt snap, and another quarterback sack by defensive tackle Josh Miller. Take away the one scoring drive, and the Bruins were minus 11 after two quarters.
Gresh, who led the winning rally at PC last year, had just 46 passing yards, and was minus six rushing.
Parris had 92 yards rushing at the half, Watson had 50 as he has made the option a big weapon for the Pulaski County offense, and Nubian Peak had 46 as the Cougars rushed for 213 yards.
But the skies really opened up in the second half, and not with raindrops, or those “Eat More Chicken Cows’’ we see on television. It was Pulaski County showing its versatility.
First Watson and wideout Zane Quenenberry hooked up down the middle of the field on a beautiful 75-yard scoring pass and run play. Peak seemed to slip through about a half dozen tackle attempts by Bruin defenders and dashed 24 yards to paydirt, and then topped off the big night with a 66-yard sprint down the sideline for the final tally of the evening, and the 41-20 victory.
To its credit, Blacksburg tried, but just couldn’t match the play-making ability of the Cougars. Following the second half kickoff Bales again got free and zipped 58 yards down the middle of the field to the end zone. Bales became the only player to rush for 100 yards in a game against Pulaski County this season, and BHS is the only team to run for 100.
The biggest play of the game for the Bruins was a nice 69-yard pass from Gresh to Eric Houff, and the two-point play with Bales worked too as the margin was cut to 27-20, but nobody had enough time to get concerned because on the second play following the kickoff, Watson and Quesenberry teamed up from 75 to quickly eliminate any doubt.
Pulaski County rushed for 353 yards. Watson was four of eight passing for 119 more, one interception and the big TD to Quesenberry who must use super glue before every game because very little escapes his grasp in a football game. It was 472 yards of total offense for the Cougars, and 22 big first downs as this team continues to strike from all angles.
Peak rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, Parris got his 125 on 28 rushes, Watson finished with 53 on 11 tries, Jolly Martin ran for 14 yards on four carries, and E.J. Dobbins got a yard on one try. Peak caught two of Watson’s aerials for 39 yards, and Quesenberry two for 80.
Blacksburg finished with 147 yards rushing and Gresh was nine of 22 passing for 135. The 282 total yards allowed was a high for the Cougar defense this season.
Pulaski County will take its spotless 8-0 record to the turf at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium next Friday against Christiansburg. 

BALL CONTROL FIRST HALF/BIG PLAY SECOND HALF

LOCKER ROOM 
BY DAN CALLAHAN
SWT SPORTS WRITER

    BLACKSBURG — It was ball control in the first half for Pulaski County Friday at Blacksburg as the Cougars locked up a berth in the Region Four, Division 4 playoffs with a 41-20 win over the Bruins. In the second half, it was the big plays that got the job done for Pulaski County.
Blacksburg tried to keep pace, and made a big play every now and then to try and remain in contention, but just didn’t have enough firepower.
Another aspect of this now 8-0 undefeated Cougar team that came to light in the first half was the improvement in the play of the offensive line.
In the first half fullback Seth Parris carried the pigskin 19 times for 92 yards and would finish with 125 on the night. Those type of tough inside yards don’t happen if somebody isn’t getting the job done up front.
The offensive line was one of the biggest question marks concerning the overall quality of this Pulaski County football team entering the 2008 season. With the continued improvement of tight end Brandon Hazzard (6-0, 245 sr.), tackles Josh Lambert (6-5, 230 jr.) and Josh Miller (6-3, 305 sr.), guards Cam Bailey (6-1, 270 sr.), and Ralph Miller (5-9, 245 sr.), and center Tim Wojcik (5-9, 265 sr.), there is little doubt that this group has now become an asset.
Parris was certainly happy with the guys that pave the way for him after going over the 100-yard mark for the first time this season.
“I’m excited,’’ said Parris. “It’s a big thing for a fullback to run for over 100 yards, and I’m real proud of that, and I also want to thank those guys on the offensive line. They knocked ‘em off the ball tonight for me. I knew I had a big first half, but those guys were really working hard up front, and it’s tough on defenses. Our offense can attack you from so many different directions with so many different players, it’s hard to defend us. I’m loving it,’’ smiled Parris.
While Parris and his buddies up front plowed the way through the Bruin defenders in the first half, it was the big play in the second half.
First halfback Nubian Peak scored from 24 yards out on a play that seemed to end two or three times, but he just didn’t go down.
“It was a little wet, not much, but things were slick out there. It seemed like they just kept sliding off me. I thought I was going down a couple of times, but just tried to keep moving my feet, and all of a sudden I popped free and took off.’’
The other touchdown was the last of the game. This run didn’t feature great balance, just speed, and Peak complimented that offensive front too.
“It was a counter play that’s a take-off from a mis-direction play we run. We thought the play was there, and it was. I just made a cut at the corner, and took off. The guys gave me some room to run, and the play just broke wide open’’ said Peak.
The third big play of the second half came through the airways. Some of the airlines would probably like to have wideout Zane Quesenberry and quarterback Luke Watson drawing up some air routes for them these days.
Quesenberry explained the play that went for a 75-yard touchdown was new and just installed during practice for the Blacksburg game during the week.
“It was a new play,’’ beamed Quesenberry on the sidelines. “Luke put the ball right there. It was a perfect pass. It was a play designed to go deep from our x-over package. It worked,’’ added Quesenberry.
It sure did. A lot of things worked Friday night for Pulaski County as the Cougars ruined the dedication of the new playing facility off Prices Fork Road. It was also Homecoming for the Bruins, but the weather didn’t dampen the spirits or the ability of Pulaski County.
The Cougars made it happen up front, on the ground, around the end, up the gut, or through the air.
Watson and Quesenberry have become a lethal combination in the passing game, Peak is a big play just waiting to happen, Parris is a bulldozer inside, and yes, that offensive line is getting the job done too.
Next comes Christiansburg as Pulaski County will try and remain undefeated and go 9-0. It sort of makes you wonder what might happen next. 

Mustangs stampede Radford

By RODNEY YOUNG
SWT Sports Writer

SHAWSVILLE — What started out as a cool, windy and rainy night turned into a nightmarish evening for the Radford Bobcats.
Things went well to begin with for the Cats as they went up 10-0, but Eastern Montgomery proceeded to score 32 straight points to defeat Radford, 32-10.
The victory for the Mustangs was the first ever over the visiting Radford Bobcats and fans for Eastern Montgomery even stormed the field after their victory.
Radford struck first when Michael Goodman kicked a 35-yard field goal with 6 minutes to go in the first quarter.
East Mont was held to three plays and a punt as Radford partially blocked Shawn Christian’s punt from the endzone and took the ball on East Mont’s 30.
William Saunders ran off tackle on first down for 22 yards and Radford was in business first and goal at the 8 yard line.
Dre Thompson then ran 6 yards on second down to paydirt and the point after put Radford up 10-0 with 3 minutes left in the first quarter.
After a couple of possession changes, the Mustangs took over the ball at their own 33 with 6 and a half minutes to go before halftime.
Five plays netted 27 yards and East Mont had fourth and four at the Bobcats’ 40.
The Mustangs then used some trickery by moving from a punt formation to the "muddle huddle" with Christian turning from punter to quarterback and throwing a 40-yard touchdown pass to Brad Wooten. A two-point conversion pass was no good and Radford still lead 10-6 with 4 and a half minutes before the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Mustangs played another trick on the Bobcats as they recovered an onside kick at the Cats’ 45.
Twelve plays and three first downs later, the Mustangs were at second and goal at the 2.
Running back Chad Raines then bowled over into the endzone for six. Christian then hit Raines for a two-point conversion, putting the Mustangs up 14-10 with just 27 seconds before the half.
East Mont’s first possession of the second half was capped off with Raines diving over from the two yard line for six more. A two-point conversion pass was no good, but the Mustangs were up 20-10 at the 8 minute mark of the third quarter.
Things just went even further south for the Bobcats when at 5:35 to go in the game, Christian scored on a one-yard sneak as the Mustangs went up 26-10.
Eastern Montgomery (5-3, 2-1) scored again with just 2 minutes left when Raines went around right end for a 1-yard TD putting the final, 32-10 Mustangs.
The Mustangs held Radford to just four yards of total offense in the third quarter, the quarter Radford has owned against opponents all year until Friday night.
Radford’s loss puts their mark at 6-2 on the year and 2-1 in the Three Rivers District.
The loss may cost the Bobcats a playoff appearance. They will have to win out and hope things fall their way.
"Eastern Montgomery out played us, out coached us and they were ready to play and we weren’t," said a disappointed Radford head coach Matthew Saunders.
"It’s my fault and don’t take anything away from Eastern Montgomery, but the ball didn’t go our way tonight."
Radford will try to get back on track next Friday as they take on Glenvar at 7:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

Radford 10 0 0 0 —10
East Mont 0 14 6 12 —32

R — Goodman 35 FG
R — D. Thompson 6 run (Goodman kick)
EM — Wooten 40 pass from Christian (2-point failed)
EM — Raines 2 run (Raines pass from Christian)
EM — Raines 2 run (pass failed)
EM — Christian 1 run (pass failed)
EM — Raines 1 run (run failed)

R EM
First Downs 7 13
Rushes-Yards 24-33 48-166
Passes C-A-I 8-17-2 7-16-0
Yards Passing 88 89
Penalties-yards 4-43 5-25
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Punts-Average 4-21 4-31

Individual stats
Rushing — Radford: Saunders 2-25, D. Thompson 7-15, Carter 8-(-3), P. Webb 7-(-4)
East Mont: Raines 25-81, Sisson 2-35, Christian 14-33, Shelor 6-17, Deare 1-0
Passing — Radford: Carter 8-17-2, 88
East Mont: Christian: 7-16-0, 89
Receiving — Radford: J. Thompson 3-30, Saunders 3-47, P. Webb 1-5, D. Thompson 1-6
East Mont: Stewart 4-37, Wooten 2-46, Shelor 1-6

FRIDAY’S VA. PREP FOOTBALL SCORES

By The Associated Press

Amherst County 44, Staunton River 0
Annandale 32, West Potomac 27
Bath County 33, Pendleton County, W.Va. 14
Battlefield 36, Fauquier 31
Bayside 26, Princess Anne 14
Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 33, Kettle Run 12
Bland County 19, Galax 8
Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 10, Roanoke Catholic 7
Blue Ridge 26, Nansemond-Suffolk 21
Briar Woods 30, Heritage (Leesburg) 9
Broad Run 38, Potomac Falls 0
Brooke Point 42, Albemarle 7
Brookville 21, Heritage-Lynchburg 7
Bruton 26, York 13
Buffalo Gap 37, Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg 0
Chancellor 49, King George 0
Chantilly 34, Centreville 14
Chilhowie 49, Rural Retreat 23
Christiansburg 38, Cave Spring 6
Churchland 7, Booker T. Washington 6
Clarke County 41, Manassas Park 17
Clintwood 27, J.I. Burton 13
Collegiate-Richmond 35, Norfolk Academy 14
Colonial Beach 45, King & Queen 8
Colonial Forge 34, Riverbend 14
Courtland 34, Caroline 12
Covenant School 45, Trinity Episcopal 10
Cumberland 43, Amelia County 0
Dan River 20, Altavista 7
Deep Run 42, Mills Godwin 0
Dinwiddie 47, Prince George 10
E.C. Glass 30, Patrick Henry-Roanoke 22
Eastern Montgomery 32, Radford 10
Eastern View 60, Washington, W.Va. 14
Edison 51, Washington-Lee 0
Essex 30, Lancaster 7
Fairfax 34, Falls Church 7
First Colonial 14, Ocean Lakes 7, OT
Fort Chiswell 29, Grayson County 6
Franklin 44, Nandua 0
Gar-Field 10, Freedom (Woodbridge) 7
Gate City 20, Lee High 7
George Marshall 14, South Lakes 12
George Wythe-Wytheville 49, Northwood 6
Goochland 14, Buckingham County 7
Grafton 41, Warhill 6
Graham 10, Abingdon 6
Great Bridge 38, King’s Fork 17
Green Run 30, Salem-Va. Beach 0
Gretna 43, Appomattox 9
GW-Danville 28, Franklin County 21
Hampton Christian 20, Catholic 12
Hampton 23, Bethel 21
Hanover 35, Atlee 0
Harrisonburg 32, Turner Ashby 7
Henrico 27, Armstrong 12
Hermitage 34, Douglas Freeman 28
Herndon 41, James Robinson 23
Hickory 35, Nansemond River 13
Highland Springs 41, Lee-Davis 14
Holston 28, Castlewood 12
Honaker 41, Hurley 14
Huguenot 26, George Wythe-Richmond 0
Indian River 30, Lakeland 0
Isle of Wight Academy 41, Southampton Academy 0
James Madison 49, McLean 10
James Monroe 51, Spotsylvania 27
James River-Buchanan 47, Craig County 6
James Wood 27, Skyline 6
Jefferson Forest 38, Bassett 10
Kellam 30, Tallwood 0
King William 34, Middlesex 0
Lake Taylor 29, Granby 0
Landstown 52, Kempsville 50, 3OT
Liberty-Bedford 41, Rustburg 26
Liberty-Fauquier 54, Culpeper 0
Lloyd Bird 28, Cosby 20
Lord Botetourt 20, Alleghany 14
Loudoun County 42, Freedom (South Riding) 10
Madison County 16, George Mason 6
Manchester 28, James River-Chesterfield 6
Marion 20, Virginia High 6
Martinsville 11, Tunstall 0
Maryland School for the Deaf, Md. 47, Fuqua School 6
Matoaca 42, Hopewell 16
Meadowbrook 28, Colonial Heights 0
Millbrook 34, Woodstock Central 19
Monacan 27, Midlothian 20
Monticello 28, Fluvanna 13
Mount Vernon 22, Yorktown 20
Mountain View 42, North Stafford 14
Norcom 45, Woodrow Wilson 0
Norfolk Christian 22, Greenbrier Christian 0
North Cross 69, Hampton Roads 8
Norview 22, Maury 21
Oakton 30, Westfield 18
Orange County 41, Louisa 26
Oscar Smith 49, Deep Creek 0
Park View-Sterling 13, Dominion 0
Parry McCluer 39, Covington 6
Patrick County 47, Magna Vista 18
Patrick Henry-Ashland 48, TJ-Richmond 0
Paul VI 41, Gonzaga College, D.C. 38, 2OT
Poquoson 35, New Kent 0
Potomac 20, Forest Park 14
Powell Valley 54, Pound 7
Powhatan 31, Park View-South Hill 0
Prince Edward County 56, Bluestone 21
Pulaski County 41, Blacksburg 20
R.E. Lee-Staunton 26, Rockbridge 6
Randolph Henry 26, Central Senior 14
Randolph-Macon 55, Fishburne Military 0
Richlands 23, Carroll County 7
Riverheads 21, Luray 7
Rye Cove 42, St. Paul 26
Salem 14, Hidden Valley 7
Sherando 46, Brentsville 7
Smithfield 42, Southampton 21
South County 28, Hayfield 21
Spotswood 20, Broadway 7
St. Annes-Belfield 51, Christchurch 14
Stafford 47, Massaponax 42
Stone Bridge 70, TJ-Alexandria 7
Stonewall Jackson-Manassas 28, Osbourn Park 20
Surry County 38, Windsor 26
Sussex Central 60, Charles City 0
Tabb 21, Jamestown 14
Tazewell 42, Grundy 6
Thomas Dale 28, Petersburg 14
Thomas Walker 22, Twin Springs 14
Twin Valley 28, Ervinton 12
W.T. Woodson 28, Langley 14
Wakefield 42, J.E.B. Stuart 18
Warwick 34, Heritage-Newport News 7
Washington & Lee 41, Rappahannock 10
West Point 22, Mathews 20
West Springfield 41, Lake Braddock 20
Western Albemarle 41, Charlottesville 0
Western Branch 28, Grassfield 17
William Byrd 21, Northside 13
William Campbell 42, Nelson County 0
William Fleming 27, Halifax County 10
Wilson Memorial 38, Page County 0
Woodbridge 35, C.D. Hylton 6
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
Giles vs. Floyd County, ppd. to Oct 27.
Auburn vs. Glenvar, ppd. to Oct 27.
Stuarts Draft vs. Fort Defiance, ppd. to Oct 27.

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