RC Trounces Broadway On Senior Night, 41-20, Rhodenizer Surpasses 3,000 Yards

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Friday, Nov. 3 – The Rockbridge County High School football team broke away from a close first half by outscoring Valley District foe Broadway 28-13 in the second half to earn a 41-20 win in the final regular-season game on Friday in Lexington.  

With the win, the Wildcats completed the regular season with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-2 district record. The record is the Wildcats’ best in five years, and this also marks the first time in five years that RC has advanced to the playoffs.

Before the game, the Wildcats honored their 15 seniors on the football team, as well as seniors from other RC sports teams.

It was a milestone night for RC senior quarterback Ben Rhodenizer, who surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the season. For the game, Rhodenizer completed 17-of-22 passes with two interceptions for 247 yards and four touchdowns. He has 3,004 passing yards this season, standing comfortably ahead of all other Timesland quarterbacks.

Broadway (2-8, 1-5) threatened to score early in the first quarter after Brandon Cruz made a 50-yard run to get to the RC 1-yard line, but penalties pushed the Gobblers back nine yards, and the Wildcats defense stepped up to prevent a score.

RC scored on its next drive when Rhodenizer made a 30-yard pass to Jailik Lynch., and placekicker Ellison Morel converted an extra point to give RC a 7-0 lead with 4:18 left in the quarter. For the game, Morel converted 5-of-6 PATs.

Early in the second quarter, a 31-yard pass from Rhodenizer to Andy Schmidt set up a couple of passes to Kyle Irvine, the second a 24-yard TD pass to put RC up 13-0 with 9:44 left.

Broadway got on the scoreboard with just 30 seconds left in the half, with a 6-yard TD pass from Nicholas Lohr to Justin Collier, cutting the lead to 13-7.

RC made a big defensive play early in the second half when Layton Stevens blocked a Broadway punt, and Malik Dunn returned the ball 35 yards for a TD to extend RC’s lead to 20-7 with 8:36 left in the third quarter. About five minutes later, Cruz made an 8-yard TD run to trim lead to 20-13.

The Wildcats scored the next 21 points, starting 15 seconds later with an 80-yard kickoff return by Dunn. As the quarter ended, Rhodenizer made an 11-yard TD pass to Lynch. RC extended its lead to 41-13 with 7:39 left in the game when Rhodenizer found Kyle Irvine for a 1-yard TD pass deep into the end zone. Making pivotal runs throughout that scoring sport to put RC in good position was Triniti Stores.

Broadway’s final TD came on a 27-yard pass by Lohr with 43.6 seconds left in the game. The Wildcats then got all their seniors on the field, receiving applause from grateful fans taking a knee to end the game.

In the first round of the Region 3C playoffs, the Wildcats will travel to take on Spotswood next Friday at 7 p.m. When the teams met two weeks ago in Lexington, the Blazers won 42-28.

For the full story, photos, stats and comments from Rhodenizer and RC head coach Mark Poston, please see our Nov. 8 newspaper.

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