By RODNEY YOUNG
SWT Sports Writer
FLOYD – It started out as a rainy night in Floyd and by the end of the game it was raining footballs for the Fort Chiswell Pioneers. Fort Chiswell spoiled the Buffaloes homecoming winning , 30-12.
The Pioneers quarterback Cory Mabry passed for 312 yards, while wide receiver Corey Gravely caught six passes for 195 yards and scored on a 95-yard catch and run. Desmond Perry had four receptions for 40 yards and Daniel Hamm caught a 41 yard touchdown off of a fake punt. Running back Ray Rodriguez led the Pioneer ground attack with 62 yards rushing, while fellow running back Trey Jackson finished with 60 yards.
Fort Chiswell finished with a season high 449 yards of total offense. Their defense held Floyd to 57 yards rushing for the game on 34 carries. Floyd’s main running threat Dorian Harris had only 39 yards on 22 rushes.
“We wanted to force them into throwing the football, “said a relieved Fort Chiswell head coach Stephen James.
The Pioneers went up 7-0 with 5:13 showing on the clock in the first quarter when Trey Jackson broke a tackle and raced 24 yards. The Zane Gregory point after was good.
The Pioneers scored again with 9:40 on the clock before halftime, when Mabry hit Gravely on a 95-yard pass and run to make it, 14-0.
Floyd cut the margin to, 14-6 when quarterback Gus Underwood scored on a one yard plunge, but Jonathan Spence missed the point after with three minutes to go. Pioneer place kicker Zane Gregory then hit a 19-yard field goal with one second remaining to take a, 17-6 lead into the dressing room.
Fort Chiswell’s biggest concern in the first half was themselves. They committed four turnovers, two fumbles and two pass interceptions. Those turnovers continued in the third quarter, they fumbled two more times and Floyd finally made them pay when Harris powered his way in from one yard out, but a two-point conversion pass fell harmlessly in the end zone, but the Buffaloes had cut the Pioneer lead to, 17-12 with only 26 seconds left in the third quarter.
On Fort Chiswell’s next possession they drove the ball to the Floyd 41 and on the fourth down coach James went into his bag of tricks. Quarterback and sometimes punter Cory Mabry dropped back to punt but, instead threw to Daniel Hamm who broke a couple of tackles, raced all the way into the end zone to make the team go up, 24-12.
The Pioneers put the game away when Floyd dropped back to pass and sophomore linebacker Coleman Thomas intercepted the ball in the flat and rumbled to pay dirt on a 18-yard run, all six foot, six inches and 260 pounds of him.
Fort Chiswell has now won three straight as they improved to 3-2 and Floyd fell to 1-4.
Pioneers head coach Stephen James remarked, “ We had six turnovers, I know it was wet out there, but we have to hold onto the ball. There is no excuse for that.”
When asked about the fake punt James said, “If people give us the match ups that were out there tonight, we will take it. All the kids played hard, but I felt like we kept Floyd in the game with all the turnovers.”
Fort Chiswell will have a bye week coming up as they prepare for district play in two weeks against the undefeated Galax Maron Tide.