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COUGARS NOW 9-0, AND THE STAGE IS SET

Pulaski County’s football team defeated Christiansburg convincingly, 28-7 Friday night in Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium. The victory keeps the Cougars perfect at 9-0.
They are in first place in the River Ridge District, and with another win you can display the district championship trophy on old Slaughterhouse Road, add a fourth perfect 10-0 record to the football history at PCHS, and send the Cougars off to the state playoffs with the home field advantage in place all the way to the state championship game at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
But before getting too carried away, there is that last opponent to consider. It’s the Spartans of Salem. For a long time the road to football dominance in this region of Virginia traveled old Slaughterhouse. That has changed in recent years, and presently the road to success in Group AA, Division 4 football seems to have found a home in Salem. The Cougars will have to find a way to change that. It’s certainly possible for a team that has displayed the quality of Pulaski County in 2008, however, it will not be easy.
The Cougars continued to roll along against Christiansburg. They made big plays early, got contributions from a variety of players, and put the game away quickly. It was the eighth time this season that Pulaski County has scored 27 or more points in a game.
Christiansburg’s hopes are still alive for the playoffs too. If the Demons defeat Blacksburg next Friday they will be the fourth seed in Region Four, Division 4. If Blacksburg wins, it will be the Bruins. The Demons are now 5-4 on the season. Bassett will be the other D-4 playoff team in Region Four and will be seeded third by virtue of its win over Martinsville this week.
So the region playoffs look like this. Either Pulaski County or Salem is seeded one and two and both will have the home field advantage in the opening round. Which one is top seeded will have the home field all the way. In other words, if the Cougars win the RRD title and finish the season 10-0, there are no road games left on the schedule. Everything would be played in Dobson Stadium except for the state title game. Bassett out of the Piedmont District will be the third seed and the Christiansburg / Blacksburg winner will be fourth seed. If Pulaski County wins the RRD it will host the Christiansburg / Blacksburg winner. If not, it will host Bassett.
It was a confusing locker room following the victory. There was joy over being 9-0, and the squad was happy to beat Christiansburg, but quickly, the focus moved to Salem. At first head coach Jack Turner tried to control it, but gave up because he knows how it is. He’s been in this position too many times as a player and coach at Pulaski County.
“This was a good win tonight. It sure feels great to be 9-0. We got off to a great start, but I think we may have gone a little flat. We stopped ourselves too many times out there tonight. We had a dozen penalties. Guys, we can’t do that.’’
Turner then too moved his thoughts toward Salem. “I think we all realize the risk involved if we go flat against Salem, or get 12 penalties. We all know we can’t do that next week.  We must stop the mistakes. We must practice sharp next week to get ready for Salem. Next Friday is pretty much everything. It’s not going to end our season, and it’s not going to eliminate all of our goals or anything like that, but I want that championship and we all want that 10-0. It’s the district championship, the playoffs, home field, 10-0, everything. We’ve got a dream game next week. We’ve got the kind of game you dream you could have every season. The goal now is to get ready and get the job done,’’ Turner told his team.
Pulaski County once again took the lead early. Following the opening kickoff it took only six plays to move 65 yards and halfback Nubian Peak skirted end from six yards out. Matt Songer kicked the conversion for a 7-0 Cougar lead. During the drive, Peak ran three times for 48 yards, his longest was 48.
The possession was highlighted by a roaring run of 39 yards by fullback E.J. Dobbins. It was almost like the “bull in a ring’’ as he powered his way to the Demon 14. Pulaski County had to overcome a holding penalty, but the Cougars scored five plays later when Peak zipped across the goal line from the three-yard line. Songer put the home folks up 14-0.
Pulaski County went to the airways midway in the second quarter as quarterback Luke Watson teamed up with slotback Jolly Martin twice. The first completion went for 34 yards from the Cougar 30 to the Christiansburg 36. Two plays later Watson and Martin did it again. This time the pass went right down the slot from 27 yards out and the touchdown. Songer made it 21-0.
Christiansburg had done very little on either side of the football until this point and the Blue Demons tried to make a game of it following the kickoff. Fullback Keith Johnson broke clean at the line of scrimmage, then broke a couple of tackle attempts, and sped 58 yards to cut the margin to 21-7.
The Demons tried to cut into the lead again, but missed a late field goal just before halftime. This is when Pulaski County seemed to go into pancake mode, as in flat. The Cougars managed to record a first down on only one of their next five possessions and Logan Haynes had to punt the football on fourth down five times. Previously, the most punts in any game this season for Pulaski County had been three.
But that one possession where the Cougars got back on track was impressive. It was marked by just three plays. Dobbins finally got a first down when he ran for 11 yards. Watson then connected long down the sideline with Zane Quesenberry for 37 yards. On the next snap, Dobbins was off and acting like a bull in a china shop again. He ran over one tackle attempt, made a nice spin and kept his balance to get away from another, and galloped 26 yards to paydirt. Songer made the final count 28-7.
Pulaski County rushed 35 times for 211 yards, and Watson hit on five of 11 passes for 128 yards for a total offensive output of 339. Peak led the way with 110 yards on 14 carries, Dobbins had 86 on seven attempts, Watson ran seven times for 16 yards, Seth Parris four times for three yards, and Martin lost four yards on three tries. Martin’s two receptions went for 62 yards, Quesenberry had the 37-yard hookup, Parris got a catch for eight, and Peak one for 21.
Blacksburg got more done offensively last week than any opponent on the season for Pulaski County, but Christiansburg was even more productive. Two weeks ago no team had run for 100 yards in a game against the Cougars. The Demons had 144 at the half, and finished with 241 yards rushing for their night’s work to go along with 41 yards passing and 282 total yards of production.
Johnson had a nice game for Christiansburg with 144 yards on 23 carries. That’s the most yards gained by any individual this season against the Cougars, and the 282 yards is a team high against Pulaski County. Ryan Fisher had 55 yards on 12 carries, and Greg Lee 42 on 11 attempts.
Christiansburg had trouble trying to move the ball up top though, and the Cougars picked off three of Steven Wills’ aerials, one each by Quesenberry, Parris and Trey Smith. It was Quesenberry’s seventh pick of the season leaving him only one away from tying the season record.

DOBBINS EXPLODES AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR SALEM—2008

The Locker Room 
 By Dan Callahan 
 

     When you have a real good team, I mean a really, really good team, and when you’re having one of those good seasons, I mean a really, really good season, you can never be sure what might happen next, or who might light the fuse.
Friday night it was E.J. Dobbins’ turn. The result was a 28-7 Pulaski County football victory, and a perfect 9-0 record.
During the season different players have stepped to the front for the Cougars. You can never be totally sure who might have the big game, or who might make the big play. That’s why Pulaski County is good, really good.
With Dobbins he just stood out the entire game. Without question, it was the finest performance in his Cougar career which really hasn’t lasted that long. He transferred to PCHS from Radford two years ago, but an old knee injury kept him out of action his junior season. He played in two quarters of the 2007 season opener at Northside and that was it.
I guess it’s possible Dobbins may have been forgotten about by some people. He’s playing on a good team that has numerous players capable of making big plays. Going into the season, he really hadn’t played a lot of football in a long time. It could have been one of those out of sight, out of mind sort of things.
If that was the case, it’s not that way any longer. It was Dobbins’ turn to make the big plays for Pulaski County. It was Dobbins’ turn to lead the way, and against Christiansburg, he exploded … KABOOM BABY!!
Dobbins was all smiles in the Cougar locker room following the game. “It’s nice to get to play on a team like this,’’ he said. “There’s some people in here that can play some football. This is why I decided to play for Pulaski County,’’ said the Radford transfer.
Dobbins has been very patient. Without question, he’s a team guy. He basically didn’t get to play last season and that had to hurt, both mentally and physically. Dobbins likely wondered what was going to happen, and what his future held in store.
But not once did he complain. He stayed in step with the team all the way. It was almost as if he knew his time was going to come. Somewhere down the road, he would get his opportunity to shine.
It happened Friday evening in Dobson Stadium, and Christiansburg had to feel like somebody had played a lousy trick-or-treat joke on them, because from the opening whistle Dobbins played like a runaway bull, like somebody had let the black angus out of the barn.
What he did offensively was obvious, but according to his defensive position (linebacker) coach Buddy Ratcliffe, “I also believe E.J. just may have played his finest game defensively too. We’ll have to look at the film. That’s the way it is when you grade these guys out defensively most of the time, but I’m pretty sure he had a great game,’’ said Ratcliffe.
The way Dobbins ran from the fullback position, it’s a wonder the pigskin didn’t explode.  He only rushed seven times, but almost everyone of them was memorable. I’m sure it was memorable for the Demon defenders who had to tackle Dobbins as well.
He romped and stomped for 86 yards, easily the most yardage rushing in a game his senior season. Dobbins had runs of 39 to setup the second Cougar touchdown of the game, an 11-yarder for a crucial first down in the second half, and a 26-yard ramble as he ran through Demon tacklers, and showed terrific balance on his way to the end zone in the third quarter.
As an old radio announcer used to say from time to time; “Hold her Nute, she’s headed for the barn!!” Well, Dobbins took it to the barn, the house, or whatever. For sure, he ran roughshod through the Christiansburg defense. The answer as to why he played as if he was possessed was simple to Dobbins.
“I don’t like Christiansburg,’’ he said in the Pulaski County locker room. “I’ve been looking forward to this game all season. I don’t like Christiansburg. I got my opportunity to have a big game, and I wasn’t going to let it pass by. I wanted this game bad. I just went for it.’’
Dobbins “went for it’’ for sure. Pulaski County coaches will likely spend some time in the coming week trying to find out if they can work up a strong dislike for Salem where Dobbins is concerned.
“That’s the best part of it,’’ said Dobbins. “I had a good game, and I had it in a game that set the stage for next week against Salem. It’s about everything. This is what we’ve wanted all season. We haven’t talked a lot about it, but everybody knew. It’s been on all our minds,’’ said Dobbins.
This is an especially big week for the seniors. They have never defeated a Salem team in their Cougar careers.
“This is where we wanted to be,’’ said defensive lineman and tight end Brandon Hazzard. “This is great. It’s the opportunity I’ve wanted since the first day. This game is why I’m playing football. I want to beat Salem so bad. There is no way anybody can know how bad I want to beat Salem.’’
“I guess it’s time to bring the hammer, the big hammer,’’ said C.J. Burleson. “This really is why you play football, why you compete. This is everything I wanted my last season to be. From the first day of practice, being 9-0 and preparing to play Salem for the district championship, the playoffs, home field advantage, and all that other stuff, that’s it. This is what I wanted, the way I wanted my senior season to be. Now, we just have to take advantage of the opportunity,’’ added Burleson.
“This is it, the biggest game of my career,’’ said two-way tackle Josh Miller. “Then it’s on to hopefully even bigger and better things. We’ve had some disappointments the past few years, and I’ve seen things end up all wrong for the seniors and I remember how sad it was. I want this group of seniors to change that. This was a good win tonight, but now, we need to have a great week of practice, be focused, prepare for Salem, and make sure we’re ready to go. Next Friday will be here quicker than you know. We need to use our time wisely, and be ready,’’ said Miller.

Radford routs Glenvar

By RODNEY YOUNG
SWT Sports Writer

RADFORD — The Bobcats got a big night from three of their seniors Friday on Senior Night at Bobcat Stadium. William Saunders and Patrick Webb both caught two touchdown passes and Jon Thompson returned the opening kickoff 86 yards to help lead Radford to a 36-0 thrashing of the Glenvar Highlanders.
Radford’s sensational sophomore quarterback Dontae Carter also was in on the action as he threw four touchdown passes and rushed for 62 yards.
On the opening kick off, Thompson caught the ball on his 14, went up the middle and turned toward the sideline and went 86 yards for a touchdown just 14 seconds into the game. Radford then treated themselves to a two-point conversion on a role-reversal when running back Saunders threw to quarterback Carter in tricking the Highlanders to go up 8-0.
The Bobcats scored again before the half when Carter hit Saunders on a 34-yard pass with just 30 seconds before halftime and the Bobcats took a 15-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
The second half started off with both teams tricking and treating each other on this Halloween night. Quarterback Kyle Horne threw two interceptions on his first two passes in the second half and Carter threw an interception on his first pass attempt.
With 9:25 showing, Radford started on an 80-yard drive that was capped off with Carter throwing to Webb on a 40-yard strike for a TD. Michael Goodman’s PAT put the Bobcats up 22-0 with 6:50 to go in the third.
Once again Glenvar shot themselves in the foot as they fumbled on their next possession and Radford recovered on the Glenvar 24 yard line.
The Cats struck quick on first down when Saunders gained nine yards. On second down, Carter hit Webb for a 15 yard TD as the Cats went up 29-0 at the 5:50 mark of the third quarter.
What turned out to be the final score of the game was a Carter to Saunders two-yard toss and Goodman’s PAT to make the final, 36-0.
"We got off to a great start tonight," said Radford head coach Matthew Saunders. "I’ve been waiting on Jon Thompson to return a kickoff. We blocked well on the play. From last week we made a few personnel changes defensively. We still need to run the ball better."
Glenvar fell to 5-4 and 1-3 in the Three Rivers District, while Radford improved to 7-2 and 3-1 in the district.
Radford now travels to Floyd County to play the Buffaloes next Friday with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff slated.
The Bobcats have to win for a playoff berth and a possible Three Rivers District regular season title.

Glenvar 0 0 0 0 —0
Radford 8 7 14 7 —36

R—Thompson 86 yard kickoff return (Carter from Saunders 2-point pass)
R—Saunders 35 yard pass from Carter (Goodman kick)
R—P. Webb 40 yard pass from Carter (Goodman kick)
R—P. Webb 15 yard pass from Carter (Goodman kick)
R—Saunders 2 yard pass from Carter (Goodman kick)

G R
First Downs 4 9
Yards Rushing 110 184
Passes C-A-I 4-14-2 11-19-1
Yards Passing 52 191
Penalties – Yards 3-25 4-40
Fumbles – Lost 2-2 2-2
Punts – Avg. 7-29 2-40

Individual Stats
Rushing—Glenvar: Hill 11-23, Horne 19-86, Tarpley 1-5, Holshouser 1-(-4)
Radford: Carter 9-62, D. Thompson 13-55, P. Webb 2-8, Saunders 4-48, J. Thompson 1-5, Adkins 2-3, Matusevich 1-4, Mumpower 1-(-1)
Passing—Glenvar: Horne 4-14-2, 52
Radford: Carter 11-19-1, 191
Receiving—Glenvar: Hill 2-3, Gleason 1-6, Bolden 1-43
Radford: J. Thompson 4-53, P. Webb 2-55, Saunders 3-45, R. Webb 2-38

Friday’s Scores
By The Associated Press
PREP FOOTBALL
Amelia County 34, Central Senior 6
Amherst County 38, Heritage-Lynchburg 20
Annandale 28, South County 7
Appomattox 44, Nelson County 12
Atlee 14, Armstrong 12
Bassett 26, Martinsville 17
Bath County 12, James River-Buchanan 7
Battlefield 45, Culpeper 0
Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 10, Manassas Park 7
Bland County 26, Fort Chiswell 6
Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 35, Southampton Academy 7
Brentsville 47, Woodstock Central 20
Broad Run 44, Freedom (South Riding) 22
Brooke Point 42, Riverbend 21
Buckingham County 10, Randolph Henry 8
Buffalo Gap 21, Riverheads 14
C.D. Hylton 17, Potomac 0
Caroline 46, Spotsylvania 26
Carroll County 47, Graham 6
Castlewood 42, Coeburn 29
Chancellor 21, James Monroe 17
Churchland 33, Woodrow Wilson 0
Clarke County 41, George Mason 6
Clover Hill 30, Cosby 8
Colonial Beach 49, Mathews 0
Courtland 52, King George 7
Covenant School 38, Hargrave Military 7
Cumberland 32, Goochland 21
Dinwiddie 55, Hopewell 28
Eastern View 34, Kettle Run 0
Edison 20, Chantilly 17
Falls Church 27, J.E.B. Stuart 12
Floyd County 47, Auburn 14
Forest Park 23, Gar-Field 14
Fork Union Prep 33, Christchurch 6
Frank Cox 18, Bayside 14
Franklin County 28, Halifax County 17
Fuqua School 24, Fishburne Military 14
George Wythe-Wytheville 23, Chilhowie 21
Giles 35, Eastern Montgomery 28
Grafton 38, New Kent 20
Grassfield 14, King’s Fork 0
Great Bridge 49, Nansemond River 7
Green Run 41, Kellam 0
Gretna 34, Dan River 14
GW-Danville 48, Patrick Henry-Roanoke 13
Hampton Christian 42, Chincoteague 35
Handley 17, James Wood 10
Hanover 41, Lee-Davis 21
Harrisonburg 28, Waynesboro 6
Heritage (Leesburg) 41, Park View-Sterling 14
Hermitage 14, Deep Run 7
Hickory 21, Deep Creek 12
Hidden Valley 26, Blacksburg 20
Highland Springs 46, Huguenot 0
Indian River 22, Western Branch 10
Isle of Wight Academy 49, Greenbrier Christian 12
J.R. Tucker 59, TJ-Richmond 13
James Madison 24, George Marshall 15
James Robinson 49, Fairfax 14
Jamestown 39, Southampton 21
Jefferson Forest 30, Liberty-Bedford 14
Kecoughtan 28, Bethel 12
Kempsville 24, Princess Anne 15
King William 26, West Point 23
Lafayette 63, Warhill 28
Lake Braddock 43, Hayfield 14
Lake Taylor 49, Norview 21
Langley 42, McLean 7
Liberty Christian 34, Va. Episcopal 0
Liberty-Fauquier 23, Loudoun Valley 14
Lloyd Bird 48, George Wythe-Richmond 14
Loudoun County 26, Dominion 6
Louisa 42, Fluvanna 3
Madison County 35, Strasburg 16
Manchester 37, Midlothian 7
Massaponax 38, North Stafford 6
Maury 12, Granby 6
Meadowbrook 20, Matoaca 18
Millbrook 24, Sherando 17
Monacan 37, James River-Chesterfield 8
Monticello 48, William Monroe 21
Mount Vernon 31, Wakefield 20
Mountain View 29, Colonial Forge 26
Nansemond-Suffolk 41, Hampton Roads 13
Narrows 27, Galax 8
Norcom 28, Booker T. Washington 8
North Cross 27, Roanoke Catholic 13
Northside 13, Lord Botetourt 0
Northumberland 19, Rappahannock 14
Nottoway 48, Greensville County 12
Oakton 38, Herndon 13
Ocean Lakes 38, Landstown 6
Orange County 36, Western Albemarle 35
Osbourn 48, Stonewall Jackson-Manassas 21
Oscar Smith 44, Lakeland 0
Page County 16, Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg 7
Parry McCluer 39, Craig County 22
Patrick Henry-Ashland 27, Mills Godwin 7
Patrick Henry-Glade Spring 29, Rural Retreat 16
Petersburg 47, Colonial Heights 14
Potomac Falls 42, Briar Woods 27
Powhatan 13, Prince Edward County 12
Pulaski County 28, Christiansburg 7
Radford 36, Glenvar 0
Rustburg 22, Staunton River 14
Salem 31, Cave Spring 0
Salem-Va. Beach 23, First Colonial 14
Spotswood 34, Fort Defiance 22
St. Annes-Belfield 53, Blue Ridge 36
Stafford 37, Albemarle 14
Stone Bridge 42, W.T. Woodson 14
Stuarts Draft 33, Rockbridge 32, 2OT
Surry County 26, Charles City 6
Sussex Central 32, Franklin 6
Tabb 20, Bruton 18
Thomas Dale 38, Prince George 12
Thomas Walker 34, St. Paul 20
Tunstall 22, Patrick County 21
Turner Ashby 41, Broadway 7
Varina 41, Henrico 0
West Springfield 46, Lee-Springfield 12
Westfield 58, Centreville 40
William Byrd 35, Alleghany 7
William Campbell 74, Chatham 0
Wilson Memorial 24, Luray 13
Woodberry Forest 40, Norfolk Academy 15
Woodbridge 45, Freedom (Woodbridge) 20
Woodside 63, Menchville 27
York 30, Smithfield 15
Yorktown 21, Washington-Lee 14

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COUGARS NOW 9-0, AND THE STAGE IS SET

Pulaski County’s football team defeated Christiansburg convincingly, 28-7 Friday night in Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium. The victory keeps the Cougars perfect at 9-0.
They are in first place in the River Ridge District, and with another win you can display the district championship trophy on old Slaughterhouse Road, add a fourth perfect 10-0 record to the football history at PCHS, and send the Cougars off to the state playoffs with the home field advantage in place all the way to the state championship game at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
But before getting too carried away, there is that last opponent to consider. It’s the Spartans of Salem. For a long time the road to football dominance in this region of Virginia traveled old Slaughterhouse. That has changed in recent years, and presently the road to success in Group AA, Division 4 football seems to have found a home in Salem. The Cougars will have to find a way to change that. It’s certainly possible for a team that has displayed the quality of Pulaski County in 2008, however, it will not be easy.
The Cougars continued to roll along against Christiansburg. They made big plays early, got contributions from a variety of players, and put the game away quickly. It was the eighth time this season that Pulaski County has scored 27 or more points in a game.
Christiansburg’s hopes are still alive for the playoffs too. If the Demons defeat Blacksburg next Friday they will be the fourth seed in Region Four, Division 4. If Blacksburg wins, it will be the Bruins. The Demons are now 5-4 on the season. Bassett will be the other D-4 playoff team in Region Four and will be seeded third by virtue of its win over Martinsville this week.
So the region playoffs look like this. Either Pulaski County or Salem is seeded one and two and both will have the home field advantage in the opening round. Which one is top seeded will have the home field all the way. In other words, if the Cougars win the RRD title and finish the season 10-0, there are no road games left on the schedule. Everything would be played in Dobson Stadium except for the state title game. Bassett out of the Piedmont District will be the third seed and the Christiansburg / Blacksburg winner will be fourth seed. If Pulaski County wins the RRD it will host the Christiansburg / Blacksburg winner. If not, it will host Bassett.
It was a confusing locker room following the victory. There was joy over being 9-0, and the squad was happy to beat Christiansburg, but quickly, the focus moved to Salem. At first head coach Jack Turner tried to control it, but gave up because he knows how it is. He’s been in this position too many times as a player and coach at Pulaski County.
“This was a good win tonight. It sure feels great to be 9-0. We got off to a great start, but I think we may have gone a little flat. We stopped ourselves too many times out there tonight. We had a dozen penalties. Guys, we can’t do that.’’
Turner then too moved his thoughts toward Salem. “I think we all realize the risk involved if we go flat against Salem, or get 12 penalties. We all know we can’t do that next week.  We must stop the mistakes. We must practice sharp next week to get ready for Salem. Next Friday is pretty much everything. It’s not going to end our season, and it’s not going to eliminate all of our goals or anything like that, but I want that championship and we all want that 10-0. It’s the district championship, the playoffs, home field, 10-0, everything. We’ve got a dream game next week. We’ve got the kind of game you dream you could have every season. The goal now is to get ready and get the job done,’’ Turner told his team.
Pulaski County once again took the lead early. Following the opening kickoff it took only six plays to move 65 yards and halfback Nubian Peak skirted end from six yards out. Matt Songer kicked the conversion for a 7-0 Cougar lead. During the drive, Peak ran three times for 48 yards, his longest was 48.
The possession was highlighted by a roaring run of 39 yards by fullback E.J. Dobbins. It was almost like the “bull in a ring’’ as he powered his way to the Demon 14. Pulaski County had to overcome a holding penalty, but the Cougars scored five plays later when Peak zipped across the goal line from the three-yard line. Songer put the home folks up 14-0.
Pulaski County went to the airways midway in the second quarter as quarterback Luke Watson teamed up with slotback Jolly Martin twice. The first completion went for 34 yards from the Cougar 30 to the Christiansburg 36. Two plays later Watson and Martin did it again. This time the pass went right down the slot from 27 yards out and the touchdown. Songer made it 21-0.
Christiansburg had done very little on either side of the football until this point and the Blue Demons tried to make a game of it following the kickoff. Fullback Keith Johnson broke clean at the line of scrimmage, then broke a couple of tackle attempts, and sped 58 yards to cut the margin to 21-7.
The Demons tried to cut into the lead again, but missed a late field goal just before halftime. This is when Pulaski County seemed to go into pancake mode, as in flat. The Cougars managed to record a first down on only one of their next five possessions and Logan Haynes had to punt the football on fourth down five times. Previously, the most punts in any game this season for Pulaski County had been three.
But that one possession where the Cougars got back on track was impressive. It was marked by just three plays. Dobbins finally got a first down when he ran for 11 yards. Watson then connected long down the sideline with Zane Quesenberry for 37 yards. On the next snap, Dobbins was off and acting like a bull in a china shop again. He ran over one tackle attempt, made a nice spin and kept his balance to get away from another, and galloped 26 yards to paydirt. Songer made the final count 28-7.
Pulaski County rushed 35 times for 211 yards, and Watson hit on five of 11 passes for 128 yards for a total offensive output of 339. Peak led the way with 110 yards on 14 carries, Dobbins had 86 on seven attempts, Watson ran seven times for 16 yards, Seth Parris four times for three yards, and Martin lost four yards on three tries. Martin’s two receptions went for 62 yards, Quesenberry had the 37-yard hookup, Parris got a catch for eight, and Peak one for 21.
Blacksburg got more done offensively last week than any opponent on the season for Pulaski County, but Christiansburg was even more productive. Two weeks ago no team had run for 100 yards in a game against the Cougars. The Demons had 144 at the half, and finished with 241 yards rushing for their night’s work to go along with 41 yards passing and 282 total yards of production.
Johnson had a nice game for Christiansburg with 144 yards on 23 carries. That’s the most yards gained by any individual this season against the Cougars, and the 282 yards is a team high against Pulaski County. Ryan Fisher had 55 yards on 12 carries, and Greg Lee 42 on 11 attempts.
Christiansburg had trouble trying to move the ball up top though, and the Cougars picked off three of Steven Wills’ aerials, one each by Quesenberry, Parris and Trey Smith. It was Quesenberry’s seventh pick of the season leaving him only one away from tying the season record.

DOBBINS EXPLODES AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR SALEM—2008

The Locker Room 
 By Dan Callahan 
 

     When you have a real good team, I mean a really, really good team, and when you’re having one of those good seasons, I mean a really, really good season, you can never be sure what might happen next, or who might light the fuse.
Friday night it was E.J. Dobbins’ turn. The result was a 28-7 Pulaski County football victory, and a perfect 9-0 record.
During the season different players have stepped to the front for the Cougars. You can never be totally sure who might have the big game, or who might make the big play. That’s why Pulaski County is good, really good.
With Dobbins he just stood out the entire game. Without question, it was the finest performance in his Cougar career which really hasn’t lasted that long. He transferred to PCHS from Radford two years ago, but an old knee injury kept him out of action his junior season. He played in two quarters of the 2007 season opener at Northside and that was it.
I guess it’s possible Dobbins may have been forgotten about by some people. He’s playing on a good team that has numerous players capable of making big plays. Going into the season, he really hadn’t played a lot of football in a long time. It could have been one of those out of sight, out of mind sort of things.
If that was the case, it’s not that way any longer. It was Dobbins’ turn to make the big plays for Pulaski County. It was Dobbins’ turn to lead the way, and against Christiansburg, he exploded … KABOOM BABY!!
Dobbins was all smiles in the Cougar locker room following the game. “It’s nice to get to play on a team like this,’’ he said. “There’s some people in here that can play some football. This is why I decided to play for Pulaski County,’’ said the Radford transfer.
Dobbins has been very patient. Without question, he’s a team guy. He basically didn’t get to play last season and that had to hurt, both mentally and physically. Dobbins likely wondered what was going to happen, and what his future held in store.
But not once did he complain. He stayed in step with the team all the way. It was almost as if he knew his time was going to come. Somewhere down the road, he would get his opportunity to shine.
It happened Friday evening in Dobson Stadium, and Christiansburg had to feel like somebody had played a lousy trick-or-treat joke on them, because from the opening whistle Dobbins played like a runaway bull, like somebody had let the black angus out of the barn.
What he did offensively was obvious, but according to his defensive position (linebacker) coach Buddy Ratcliffe, “I also believe E.J. just may have played his finest game defensively too. We’ll have to look at the film. That’s the way it is when you grade these guys out defensively most of the time, but I’m pretty sure he had a great game,’’ said Ratcliffe.
The way Dobbins ran from the fullback position, it’s a wonder the pigskin didn’t explode.  He only rushed seven times, but almost everyone of them was memorable. I’m sure it was memorable for the Demon defenders who had to tackle Dobbins as well.
He romped and stomped for 86 yards, easily the most yardage rushing in a game his senior season. Dobbins had runs of 39 to setup the second Cougar touchdown of the game, an 11-yarder for a crucial first down in the second half, and a 26-yard ramble as he ran through Demon tacklers, and showed terrific balance on his way to the end zone in the third quarter.
As an old radio announcer used to say from time to time; “Hold her Nute, she’s headed for the barn!!” Well, Dobbins took it to the barn, the house, or whatever. For sure, he ran roughshod through the Christiansburg defense. The answer as to why he played as if he was possessed was simple to Dobbins.
“I don’t like Christiansburg,’’ he said in the Pulaski County locker room. “I’ve been looking forward to this game all season. I don’t like Christiansburg. I got my opportunity to have a big game, and I wasn’t going to let it pass by. I wanted this game bad. I just went for it.’’
Dobbins “went for it’’ for sure. Pulaski County coaches will likely spend some time in the coming week trying to find out if they can work up a strong dislike for Salem where Dobbins is concerned.
“That’s the best part of it,’’ said Dobbins. “I had a good game, and I had it in a game that set the stage for next week against Salem. It’s about everything. This is what we’ve wanted all season. We haven’t talked a lot about it, but everybody knew. It’s been on all our minds,’’ said Dobbins.
This is an especially big week for the seniors. They have never defeated a Salem team in their Cougar careers.
“This is where we wanted to be,’’ said defensive lineman and tight end Brandon Hazzard. “This is great. It’s the opportunity I’ve wanted since the first day. This game is why I’m playing football. I want to beat Salem so bad. There is no way anybody can know how bad I want to beat Salem.’’
“I guess it’s time to bring the hammer, the big hammer,’’ said C.J. Burleson. “This really is why you play football, why you compete. This is everything I wanted my last season to be. From the first day of practice, being 9-0 and preparing to play Salem for the district championship, the playoffs, home field advantage, and all that other stuff, that’s it. This is what I wanted, the way I wanted my senior season to be. Now, we just have to take advantage of the opportunity,’’ added Burleson.
“This is it, the biggest game of my career,’’ said two-way tackle Josh Miller. “Then it’s on to hopefully even bigger and better things. We’ve had some disappointments the past few years, and I’ve seen things end up all wrong for the seniors and I remember how sad it was. I want this group of seniors to change that. This was a good win tonight, but now, we need to have a great week of practice, be focused, prepare for Salem, and make sure we’re ready to go. Next Friday will be here quicker than you know. We need to use our time wisely, and be ready,’’ said Miller.

Radford routs Glenvar

By RODNEY YOUNG
SWT Sports Writer

RADFORD — The Bobcats got a big night from three of their seniors Friday on Senior Night at Bobcat Stadium. William Saunders and Patrick Webb both caught two touchdown passes and Jon Thompson returned the opening kickoff 86 yards to help lead Radford to a 36-0 thrashing of the Glenvar Highlanders.
Radford’s sensational sophomore quarterback Dontae Carter also was in on the action as he threw four touchdown passes and rushed for 62 yards.
On the opening kick off, Thompson caught the ball on his 14, went up the middle and turned toward the sideline and went 86 yards for a touchdown just 14 seconds into the game. Radford then treated themselves to a two-point conversion on a role-reversal when running back Saunders threw to quarterback Carter in tricking the Highlanders to go up 8-0.
The Bobcats scored again before the half when Carter hit Saunders on a 34-yard pass with just 30 seconds before halftime and the Bobcats took a 15-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
The second half started off with both teams tricking and treating each other on this Halloween night. Quarterback Kyle Horne threw two interceptions on his first two passes in the second half and Carter threw an interception on his first pass attempt.
With 9:25 showing, Radford started on an 80-yard drive that was capped off with Carter throwing to Webb on a 40-yard strike for a TD. Michael Goodman’s PAT put the Bobcats up 22-0 with 6:50 to go in the third.
Once again Glenvar shot themselves in the foot as they fumbled on their next possession and Radford recovered on the Glenvar 24 yard line.
The Cats struck quick on first down when Saunders gained nine yards. On second down, Carter hit Webb for a 15 yard TD as the Cats went up 29-0 at the 5:50 mark of the third quarter.
What turned out to be the final score of the game was a Carter to Saunders two-yard toss and Goodman’s PAT to make the final, 36-0.
"We got off to a great start tonight," said Radford head coach Matthew Saunders. "I’ve been waiting on Jon Thompson to return a kickoff. We blocked well on the play. From last week we made a few personnel changes defensively. We still need to run the ball better."
Glenvar fell to 5-4 and 1-3 in the Three Rivers District, while Radford improved to 7-2 and 3-1 in the district.
Radford now travels to Floyd County to play the Buffaloes next Friday with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff slated.
The Bobcats have to win for a playoff berth and a possible Three Rivers District regular season title.

Glenvar 0 0 0 0 —0
Radford 8 7 14 7 —36

R—Thompson 86 yard kickoff return (Carter from Saunders 2-point pass)
R—Saunders 35 yard pass from Carter (Goodman kick)
R—P. Webb 40 yard pass from Carter (Goodman kick)
R—P. Webb 15 yard pass from Carter (Goodman kick)
R—Saunders 2 yard pass from Carter (Goodman kick)

G R
First Downs 4 9
Yards Rushing 110 184
Passes C-A-I 4-14-2 11-19-1
Yards Passing 52 191
Penalties – Yards 3-25 4-40
Fumbles – Lost 2-2 2-2
Punts – Avg. 7-29 2-40

Individual Stats
Rushing—Glenvar: Hill 11-23, Horne 19-86, Tarpley 1-5, Holshouser 1-(-4)
Radford: Carter 9-62, D. Thompson 13-55, P. Webb 2-8, Saunders 4-48, J. Thompson 1-5, Adkins 2-3, Matusevich 1-4, Mumpower 1-(-1)
Passing—Glenvar: Horne 4-14-2, 52
Radford: Carter 11-19-1, 191
Receiving—Glenvar: Hill 2-3, Gleason 1-6, Bolden 1-43
Radford: J. Thompson 4-53, P. Webb 2-55, Saunders 3-45, R. Webb 2-38

Friday’s Scores
By The Associated Press
PREP FOOTBALL
Amelia County 34, Central Senior 6
Amherst County 38, Heritage-Lynchburg 20
Annandale 28, South County 7
Appomattox 44, Nelson County 12
Atlee 14, Armstrong 12
Bassett 26, Martinsville 17
Bath County 12, James River-Buchanan 7
Battlefield 45, Culpeper 0
Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 10, Manassas Park 7
Bland County 26, Fort Chiswell 6
Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 35, Southampton Academy 7
Brentsville 47, Woodstock Central 20
Broad Run 44, Freedom (South Riding) 22
Brooke Point 42, Riverbend 21
Buckingham County 10, Randolph Henry 8
Buffalo Gap 21, Riverheads 14
C.D. Hylton 17, Potomac 0
Caroline 46, Spotsylvania 26
Carroll County 47, Graham 6
Castlewood 42, Coeburn 29
Chancellor 21, James Monroe 17
Churchland 33, Woodrow Wilson 0
Clarke County 41, George Mason 6
Clover Hill 30, Cosby 8
Colonial Beach 49, Mathews 0
Courtland 52, King George 7
Covenant School 38, Hargrave Military 7
Cumberland 32, Goochland 21
Dinwiddie 55, Hopewell 28
Eastern View 34, Kettle Run 0
Edison 20, Chantilly 17
Falls Church 27, J.E.B. Stuart 12
Floyd County 47, Auburn 14
Forest Park 23, Gar-Field 14
Fork Union Prep 33, Christchurch 6
Frank Cox 18, Bayside 14
Franklin County 28, Halifax County 17
Fuqua School 24, Fishburne Military 14
George Wythe-Wytheville 23, Chilhowie 21
Giles 35, Eastern Montgomery 28
Grafton 38, New Kent 20
Grassfield 14, King’s Fork 0
Great Bridge 49, Nansemond River 7
Green Run 41, Kellam 0
Gretna 34, Dan River 14
GW-Danville 48, Patrick Henry-Roanoke 13
Hampton Christian 42, Chincoteague 35
Handley 17, James Wood 10
Hanover 41, Lee-Davis 21
Harrisonburg 28, Waynesboro 6
Heritage (Leesburg) 41, Park View-Sterling 14
Hermitage 14, Deep Run 7
Hickory 21, Deep Creek 12
Hidden Valley 26, Blacksburg 20
Highland Springs 46, Huguenot 0
Indian River 22, Western Branch 10
Isle of Wight Academy 49, Greenbrier Christian 12
J.R. Tucker 59, TJ-Richmond 13
James Madison 24, George Marshall 15
James Robinson 49, Fairfax 14
Jamestown 39, Southampton 21
Jefferson Forest 30, Liberty-Bedford 14
Kecoughtan 28, Bethel 12
Kempsville 24, Princess Anne 15
King William 26, West Point 23
Lafayette 63, Warhill 28
Lake Braddock 43, Hayfield 14
Lake Taylor 49, Norview 21
Langley 42, McLean 7
Liberty Christian 34, Va. Episcopal 0
Liberty-Fauquier 23, Loudoun Valley 14
Lloyd Bird 48, George Wythe-Richmond 14
Loudoun County 26, Dominion 6
Louisa 42, Fluvanna 3
Madison County 35, Strasburg 16
Manchester 37, Midlothian 7
Massaponax 38, North Stafford 6
Maury 12, Granby 6
Meadowbrook 20, Matoaca 18
Millbrook 24, Sherando 17
Monacan 37, James River-Chesterfield 8
Monticello 48, William Monroe 21
Mount Vernon 31, Wakefield 20
Mountain View 29, Colonial Forge 26
Nansemond-Suffolk 41, Hampton Roads 13
Narrows 27, Galax 8
Norcom 28, Booker T. Washington 8
North Cross 27, Roanoke Catholic 13
Northside 13, Lord Botetourt 0
Northumberland 19, Rappahannock 14
Nottoway 48, Greensville County 12
Oakton 38, Herndon 13
Ocean Lakes 38, Landstown 6
Orange County 36, Western Albemarle 35
Osbourn 48, Stonewall Jackson-Manassas 21
Oscar Smith 44, Lakeland 0
Page County 16, Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg 7
Parry McCluer 39, Craig County 22
Patrick Henry-Ashland 27, Mills Godwin 7
Patrick Henry-Glade Spring 29, Rural Retreat 16
Petersburg 47, Colonial Heights 14
Potomac Falls 42, Briar Woods 27
Powhatan 13, Prince Edward County 12
Pulaski County 28, Christiansburg 7
Radford 36, Glenvar 0
Rustburg 22, Staunton River 14
Salem 31, Cave Spring 0
Salem-Va. Beach 23, First Colonial 14
Spotswood 34, Fort Defiance 22
St. Annes-Belfield 53, Blue Ridge 36
Stafford 37, Albemarle 14
Stone Bridge 42, W.T. Woodson 14
Stuarts Draft 33, Rockbridge 32, 2OT
Surry County 26, Charles City 6
Sussex Central 32, Franklin 6
Tabb 20, Bruton 18
Thomas Dale 38, Prince George 12
Thomas Walker 34, St. Paul 20
Tunstall 22, Patrick County 21
Turner Ashby 41, Broadway 7
Varina 41, Henrico 0
West Springfield 46, Lee-Springfield 12
Westfield 58, Centreville 40
William Byrd 35, Alleghany 7
William Campbell 74, Chatham 0
Wilson Memorial 24, Luray 13
Woodberry Forest 40, Norfolk Academy 15
Woodbridge 45, Freedom (Woodbridge) 20
Woodside 63, Menchville 27
York 30, Smithfield 15
Yorktown 21, Washington-Lee 14

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