By RODNEY YOUNG
Fort Chiswell– Fort Chiswell played a benefit game against John Battle Friday night and beat the Trojans 38-15. Battle beat the Pioneers in the state quarterfinals last season to advance to the state semi-finals.
Sophomore Patrick Beidleman carried the ball just four times but racked up 110 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns. He caught two passes for 28 yards, one for a 13 yard score from senior quarterback Brett Mabry.
Mabry also hit fellow senior Levi Mooney on a 78 yard strike. Mabry finished seven of eight passing for 180 yards. Mooney caught three passes for 127 yards.
Fort Chiswell had 400 yards of offense in the first half and held John Battle to just 71 yards on 23 rushes. Battle, at the end of the contest, had a total of 170 yards to the Pioneers 456 yards.
The Pioneers jump on the Trojans for 21 points in the opening quarter and scored two more in the second to go up 35-0 before the Trojans got on the scoreboard. Wesley Blaylock scampered 50 yards down the sideline to make it 35-7 at halftime.
The second teams and junior varsity of both squads played extensively in the second half. The Pioneers only score came in the fourth quarter when Cody Cook hit a 36 yard field goal.
“We hit them with some big plays,” said Fort Chiswell Coach Stephen James. “The first team played fairly well, but our second team didn’t step up. Thats very disappointing. We will study the film and correct some things.”
The Pioneer junior varsity beat John Battle’s JV 14-0. Zach Grimm caught a 33 yard score from Davin Odum, and Odum ran a two point conversion for a 8-0 lead. Then Hunter Parrott picked up a Trojan fumble at the 15 and rumbled in for score.
Fort Chiswell will open up the regular season next Friday as they travel to Rural Retreat for a 7:30 contest.