By RODNEY YOUNG
Fort Chiswell- On a perfect night for football the home-standing Pioneers out gained their arch and county rivals, the George Wythe Maroons, 423 yards to 159 yards enroute to a 36-7 victory.
Junior running back Dallas Ward carried the pigskin 27 times for 207 yards and scored two touchdowns. Sophomore tailback Patrick Beidleman chipped in 14 rushes for 88 yards.
The Maroons were held to just 43 total yards in the first half and only had one first down. They were out first downed 18-5 in the game. Most of their yardage came in the fourth quarter against the Fort Chiswell second team and junior varsity players. Monterick Phillips finished as the leading rusher, gaining all his 62 yards on six carries in the fourth quarter. The Maroons starting back Elijah Onks had 8 rushes for 13 yards and Trey Skeens had 7 for 51. Jake Lewis carried 7 times for 19 yards and quarterback Darius Moore had four carries for 13 yards.
The Pioneers got on the board with 2:28 left in the opening quarter when placekicker Cody Cook hit a 22 yard field goal. Ward made it 10-0 at the 4:52 mark scoring on a six yard run.
George Wythe quarterback Darius Moore was tackled in the end zone for a safety by Jordan Crockett and Joe Stoneman for a 12-0 advantage with 3:12 before half. Ward then scored on a two yard run and Cook’s PAT made it 19-0 at intermission.
Fort Chiswell got on the board with 8:21 remaining in the third as Beidleman galloped 21 yards to pay dirt.
The Maroons only score came on a Trey Skeens 34 yard run down the Maroon side line with seven minutes to go in the quarter.
The Pioneers got another 22 yard field goal from Cook for a 29-7 score. Senior quarterback Brett Mabry hit Joe Stoneman over the middle for a 14 yard score and the Pioneers went up 36-7 on the next to last play of the third quarter.
“I’m proud of our effort and we beat a very good football team,” said Fort Chiswell head coach Stephen James. “Our size wore on them. Our offensive and defensive lines played real well tonight. We still made to many bad plays. We shot ourselves in the foot a lot in the first half.”
When asked about the penalties on his squad Coach James was not happy. “We’ve got to clean that up and get back to work on Monday.”
The Fort Chiswell defense had 14 plays for negative yards against Rural Retreat, and they produced seven more in this game.
Fort Chiswell rushed for 334 yards, as eight different players carried the pigskin to improve to 2-0. The Maroons fall to 1-1.
The Pioneer’s junior varsity squad lost a heartbreaker Thursday night to the George Wythe jv team 6-0. The Pioneers are now 1-1 on the season.