Wildcats Trounce Mountaineers, 48-12, Rhodenizer Throws Five TD Passes

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Friday, Sept. 8 – The Rockbridge County High School football team coasted to a 48-12 road win over Alleghany on Friday.

Quarterback Ben Rhodenizer led the offense for RC (2-1), throwing five touchdown passes and rushing for a 58-yard TD. For the game, Rhodenizer completed 13-of-18 passes with one interception for 350 yards.

Scoring the other TD for the Wildcats was Triniti Stores on a 6-yard run. In addition to running the ball well when the Wildcats went to the ground more in the second half, Stores was an effective blocker for teammates and made multiple tackles on defense.

Freshman Elijah Poindexter replaced Rhodenizer at the start of the fourth quarter, with the Wildcats leading 48-0, building on their 41-0 halftime lead. Poindexter put his speed on display, rushing for 41 yards on six carries.

Making TD receptions for the Wildcats were Johnny Dunn and Jailik Lynch with two each and Kyle Irvine with one. RC’s Ellison Morel had a strong kicking night, converting 6-of-7 extra point attempts.

The win broke the Wildcats’ four-game losing streak to Alleghany (1-1) over the past four years, when both teams were in the Blue Ridge District. Now RC has moved to the Valley District, and the Mountaineers are in the Three Rivers District.

The RC defense gave Alleghany trouble the whole game, with both of the Mountaineers’ TDs coming in the fourth quarter, on a 31-yard TD run by James McGill and a 63-yard pass from Brian Broughman to Marvin Samuel as the clock expired. The defense made several sacks on Broughman and quarterback Zach Humphries.

The Wildcats will return to action next Friday when they play host for a nondistrict contest against Lord Botetourt at 7 p.m.

For the full story, photos and stats from RC’s win over the Mountaineers, please see our Sept. 13 newspaper.

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