Wildcats Escape With 14-10 Homecoming Win Over Fort

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Friday, Sept. 21 – Trailing by three points with just over a minute to play, the Rockbridge County High School football team scored a touchdown to pull out a 14-10 win in its homecoming game against Fort Defiance on Friday night in Lexington.

In their Valley District opener, the Wildcats (3-2) were down 10-7 when freshman quarterback Miller Jay passed to Johnny Dunn, who ran in for a 19-yard touchdown with 1:03 left in the game. Jay was stepping in for starting quarterback Ty Ruley, hurt on the previous play, when the Indians (3-2) were dealt a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer.

The Wildcats had gotten the ball within two yards of scoring twice in the fourth quarter, but holding penalties and two fumbles kept Fort in the lead.

Earlier in the game, after a scoreless first quarter, RC’s Chase Crook made a series of runs that ended with a 24-yard TD run with 9:14 left in the first half. Daniel Cunningham made the first of his two successful extra point conversions to give RC a 7-0 lead.

Fort answered back on the next drive when Matthew Wonderley ran for a 22-yard TD, and an extra point kick by Jose Ortega-Martinez tied the game at 7-7 with 5:57 left in the half.

During the halftime festivities, after the homecoming court was recognized, Bryce Patterson was crowned as homecoming king and Regan Wanovich was crowned as queen.

Fort took its first lead of the game when Ortega-Martinez made a 28-yard field goal to put the Indians up 10-7 with 8:02 left in the third quarter.

Although the Wildcats’ offense struggled, their defense stepped up, with Anthony Marando recovering a fumble on Fort’s next drive. The defense kept the Indians from getting close to scoring for the rest of the game, and the RC’s offensive efforts were finally rewarded with Dunn’s TD.

The Wildcats will continue district action when they take on Turner Ashby on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at James Madison University.

For the full story, stats and photos from the win over Fort, along with a prediction for the TA game, please see our Sept. 26 newspaper.

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