By RODNEY YOUNG
SWT Sports Writer
Coming off a 49-28 victory over Galax, the Fort Chiswell Pioneers will hit the road for a third consecutive week this time to take on the Narrows Green Wave.
Narrows is coming off a hard fought 7-6 victory over the Bland Bears. They are under the direction of head coach Kelly Lowe, who is in his eleventh season at the helm of the Green Wave and has an overall record of 44-67.
They have six starters from last seasons squad on the offense and six returnees on the defense. Narrows is currently 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the Mountain Empire District. They have victories over Eastern Montgomery, Bland County, and Montcalm(WV). They have losses to Auburn, Giles, and Rural Retreat.
The Green Wave are scoring 11 points per game and have been giving up an average of 18.7 per game.
Their starting quarterback is senior Joe Hall (6’2″, 165). The main running back is 6’1″, 175 pound senior Rodney Perdue. Jesse Perdue (6’4″, 276, sr), Zach Fleeman (6’4″, 265, sr), and Austin Lively (6’2″, 215, sr) are the anchors for the offensive line. Besides Perdue, the other skilled players will be senior wide-out Gavin Givens (6’2″, 165), along with juniors Zach Skeens (5’9″, 155) and Brandon Stowers (5’9″, 175) who will see action at running back.
“Hall and Perdue are very good athletes,” said Pioneer Head Coach Stephen James. “Both are skilled and experienced. Narrows likes to run out of an I- formation and then show split back looks. Hall can run and throw the football equally well. Perdue runs and catches the ball very well.
Narrows, on the defensive side of the ball, are led by once again Fleeman, Perdue, and Lively on the line. Skeens, Stowers, and Drew Stowers will be at linebackers. The secondary has Givens, Hall and R. Perdue seeing lots of action.
Narrows has several players going both ways. They have 13 seniors and eight juniors on their roster.
“The Green Wave like to play a couple of defenses,” said Coach James. “They like the 5-3 look, then they will lineup in a 4-4. Their secondary will play zone, and I look for them to blitz us some as well.”
The Pioneers are in fairly good shape health wise. A couple of the players have some ankle problems but nothing major.
Fort Chiswell (6-0) is averaging just over 41 points a game and giving up around 14 points per contest.
The Pioneers will go with the usual lineup on offense, with Coleman Thomas at center and Brandon Freeman and Austin Mullins at guards. The tackles will be Jordan Crockett and Austin Widelo. Lane Edmonds will be the tight-end. Levi Mooney and Chase Rathbone are the wide outs. Brett Mabry will start at quarterback. Dallas “Thunder” Ward and Patrick “Lightning” Beidleman will be at the running backs. Joe Stoneman and Jared Hovencamp will get lot of action as well.
On defense the Pioneers will go with Crockett, Jacob Sharp, and Cory Ratcliffe up front. The ends are manned by Thomas and Garrison Byus. The linebackers will be Joe Stoneman and Layne Edmonds. The secondary will consist of Rathbone, Hovencamp, Taylor Gilman and Ethan Warden.
Mooney, Mabry, Ward, and Brayden Melton will see action as well. The place kicker duties are handled by Cody Cook, and Beidleman is the punter.
Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Narrows Elementary School on Ragsdale Field.