By Rodney Young
SWT Sports Writer
RADFORD – On a beautiful Saturday afternoon the Radford Bobcats beat the Thomas Walker Pioneers 45-6.
It was the opening round of Division 1 West Section playoffs and the Bobcats roughed up the Pioneers, who had to travel 200 miles.
Radford rolled over 430 yards of offense and held Thomas Walker to 175 yards 100 of which came after the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt. In the first half the Bobcats held the Pioneers to 16 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Hunter Griffitts led the Bobcat attack with three touchdowns. He rushed for a career high 150 yards on 12 rushes.
William Minter scored twice for the Cats, one on a 13-yard pass from quarterback Hunter Marshall, which put Radford up 7-0 with only five minutes gone off the clock in the first quarter.
He scored again on a five-yard run with 9:05 to go in the third quarter.
Radford’s other touchdown was on a Marshall quarterback sneak in the first quarter, which made it 14-0 with 3:44 showing on the clock.
Griffitts made it 21-0 with his first score of the game with 1:03 left before half time.
Radford put the game away early in the third quarter when Griffitts raced 51 yards for a score and then Minter got his touchdown to go up 35-0 after three quarters.
Kicker Caleb Finley hit a 29-yard field goal to go in the game. Griffitts dove into the end zone to cap the scoring for the cats.
Thomas Walker’s only score of the game came at the end of the third quarter, with no time showing.
Radford hit a dead ball personal foul and Thomas Walker got to run an untimed down and scored as Cody Cain raced around the left end. The two-point pass fell incomplete.
Radford’s main concern was 15 penalties for 137 yards.
“We played well on defense, but we had too many penalties and miscues. I was pleased overall,” said Radford’s fifth-year head coach Matthew Saunders.
“Their only score was because we left to early on a fake punt, which led to their score.” said Saunders.
Radford (8-3) moves to the Western Section Division 1 quarterfinals. Thomas Walker finished at 6-5 on their season.
“Number 2 Cody Cain for Walker Thomas is a great player for them.” remarked Saunders.
Cain finished with 12 carries and 58 yards.
Radford now travels to second seed George Wythe Maroons. In their first meeting of the year George Wythe prevailed 10-7 on a game ending field goal.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday at George Wythe.