Bobcats big plays prove decisive

By Rodney Young, SWT Sports Writerswtsportslogo copy

Playing on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Norman Lineberg Field, the Radford Bobcats scored five times on long runs to beat the Galax Maroon Tide in a opening scrimmage for both squads.

The two teams played ten plays in a series and switched for the first portion of the scrimmage, and then they played down and distance. During the down and distance portion of the event neither team was able to score. The 10 play set of series was the big difference.

Junior fullback Heth Grant put the Bobcats on the scoreboard first when he went 70 yards down the sideline to paydirt. Sophomore backup quarterback D.J. Baylor broke off two runs of 70 and 71 yards for the second and third scores.

Later in the 10 plays series the Thompson brothers struck for Radford. Malcom Thompson went off tackle, broke out to his left and galloped 69 yards for a score. The next play saw his brother Markell race 70 yards for the last score. Malcom is the senior and his younger brother Markell is a sophomore.

“I think we are ahead of where we were this time last year defensively,” Radford head coach Matthew Saunders remarked. “We have lot of work to do offensively. I thought Heth Grant stood out today. He’s going to be a very good football player for Radford. I saw some good thing and bad things today from our team. The kids played hard and I’m pleased with our defensive effort.”



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