By RODNEY YOUNG
SWT Sports Writer
MAX MEADOWS- On a beautiful night for football, the Fort Chiswell Pioneers took the Chilhowie Warriors out to the woodshed and beat them, 35-7. Ray Rodriguez and Trey Jackson both had two touchdowns in the Pioneer victory. Quarterback Cory Mabry was seven of nine passing for 150 yards and threw for one touchdown to Daniel Hamm. Rodriguez had 20 carries for 92 yards and Jackson picked up 49 yards on 8 rushes.
Fort Chiswell got the opening kickoff and marched down the field on a drive that went 48 yards on seven plays, took 3:45 off the clock as Ray Rodriguez barreled in from a yard out and with Zane Gregory’s point after it was, 7-0.
Chilhowie went three plays and out and Fort Chiswell rolled again this time going 60 yards on only three plays. Trey Jackson took the hand off and went down the right sideline for a 23 yard scamper to go up, 14-0.
The only score in the second quarter came from Jackson on a one yard plunge that gave the Pioneers a, 21-0 advantage at the half. They had held the Chilhowie offense to 67 yards.
The Fort Chiswell offense produced 183 yards. Chilhowie (2-2) got their only score of the game early in the third quarter when Aaron Conley raced around right end and turned up field for a 27 yard touchdown and Derrick Farris point after cut it to, 21-7 with 10:21 left in the quarter.
Fort Chiswell made the score, 28-7 with 8:04 left in the game. Cory Mabry hit Daniel Hamm on a 10 yard pass, then put a little icing on the cake when Ray Rodriguez busted a 22-yard run up the middle to make the score, 35-7 and only a little over a minute left to go.
Chilhowie lost the game and the turnover battle. They lost three fumbles and threw one interception.
Fort Chiswell ( 2-2) turned the ball over just once with a fumble. “We need to continue to get better. Gradually we have gotten better, but we have to get smarter. The kids are playing harder, but we have to be smarter,” coach Stephen James said. “We came out the second half too relaxed, on our heels and gave up a touchdown.
Mabry ( Cory) hit a couple of big passes for us in the third quarter,” said James. The stats showed for the second game in a row the Pioneers had over 300 yards of offense, 178 rushing and 150 passing yards.
McKenzie Mabe caught three passes for 58 yards, while Cory Gravely had two for 65 in the victory. The Pioneers will take to the road next Friday to play the Floyd Co. Buffaloes. Game time is 7 p.m.