The Fort Chiswell football team took on the John Battle Trojans in a “ benefit” game and they were in a giving mood.
Sure the Pioneers won this game, 17-6 but, it wasn’t easy and the first part wasn’t pretty football. How about three fumbles, and an interceptions in the first four possessions.
Head Coach Stephen James remarked, “We turned the dang thing over four times in less than seven minutes.”
The saving grace for the Pioneers was their defense. They only gave up six points out of all those turnovers. The turnovers happened in their territory all four times.
The Pioneers went ahead with 2:23 before the half as senior quarterback Cory Mabry scampered eight yards and Zane Gregory’s PAT gave them their first lead 7-6.
Fort Chiswells defense had held John Battle to 22 yards passing and just 10 yards rushing on 17 carries. If it hadn’t been for the defense the game would have been real ugly for the Pioneers.
Coach James said, “I don’t know what it was with all the turnovers, maybe it was because we had to wait around on the junior varsity game, I don’t know.”
The second half saw Fort Chiswell show a little more offense and the same good defense.
With 6:18 to go in the game Trey Jackson, the senior running back, took the hand off and went around the right end and down the visitors sideline on a 47- yard touchdown run.
The first score of the game came with just 25 seconds left as junior left footed place kicker Zane Gregory split the uprights for a 26-yard field goal.
Fort Chiswell held the Trojans to 53 total yards rushing on 31 carries and gave up 74 yards passing. The Pioneers rushed for 193 and passed for 66 yards
Trey Jackson had five rushes for 82 yards and Ray Rodriguez had 18 carries for 62. Junior Daniel Hamm caught two passes for 32 yards and fellow junior Desmond Perry two for 22.
Cory Mabry went 4 of 14 passing for 44 yards, and younger brother Brett was two of two for 22 yards.
“I feel like we took a step backwards tonight. we mentally weren’t better and we had stupid penalties,” coach James remarked.
The regular season will kick off this Friday as the Pioneers will travel to Rural Retreat with kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.