Pioneers to face undefeated and unscored upon Floyd

By Rodney Young
SWT Sports Writer

Fort Chiswell, coming off a heart stopping last play of the game victory over Radford, will now face another tough opponent in the Floyd Buffaloes.

The Buffaloes are 3-0 and haven’t allowed a single point in their three wins. Those wins came against Christiansburg 18-0, Patrick County 48-0 and then they defeated Auburn this past Friday at Auburn 21-0. They are scoring 29 points per game and allowed none.

The Pioneers will enter the game also at 3-0. They are averaging just under 29 points per game and have allowed just nine per game on defense.

Floyd is led on offense by senior quarterback Ian Berry and junior running back Presley Yates. Yates is a 6’1”, 182 pound back. Barry is 6’2”, 178 pounds. Their two best lineman are center Michael Cook, a 6’3”, 320 sophomore and Josh Landreth, a 243 pound senior.

The Buffaloes have 10 seniors and 15 juniors on their varsity roster. Head Coach Winfred Beale is in his 37th season at Floyd. He has a record of 213-168-4 at the helm.

On defense they are led by senior linebacker Jarrett Agee, Barry at the safety and lineman Landreth.

”On offense they like to run out of the I-formation,” Fort Chiswell head coach Todd Tiller said. “Barry, the quarterback, is very athletic from what I’ve seen. He throws the ball real well and will run some. They like to run sweeps, bootlegs and traps. On defense they will show a 4-4-3. They haven’t blitzed in their first three games. They haven’t had to either. Their secondary has played zone and cover three.”

“Coach Beale been there for over 35 years and does a fine job,” he continued. “They are well coached and don’t beat themselves. That’s a heck of a tribute to their head coach.“

Coach was then asked about his teams health after three games.

“We are in good shape physically. We need to come out more fired up than this past Friday. We were a little lethargic. Some of that I believe was because we had beaten George Wythe and everybody patted the kids on the back all week. I have told them last Friday is over and we got to play this Friday.”

The game at Floyd County High School this Friday is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m.

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