RC Shuts Out Broadway, 28-0

RC Shuts Out Broadway, 28-0

RC DEFENSIVE lineman David Allio leaps to pressure Broadway quarterback Landen Stuhlmiller while RC teammate Anthony Marando (50) hustles in to help. The Wildcats held Stuhlmiller to 81 passing yards. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC Shuts Out Broadway, 28-0

WILDCAT HEAD coach Mark Poston shakes hands with his starting quarterback, Miller Jay. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC Shuts Out Broadway, 28-0

RC LINEBACKER Bret McClung works to take down a Broadway player. McClung was effective on defense and offense, rushing for 97 yards and two touchdowns. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Wildcats Remain Unbeaten On The Road

Capturing its second dominant win in a row, the Rockbridge County High School football team earned a 28-0 victory at Broadway in Valley District action on Friday night.

The Wildcats (6-2 overall, 2-1 district) stormed to a 21-0 halftime lead, with Bret McClung running for two touchdowns and Miller Jay completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jailik Lynch.

The Gobblers (0-8, 0-3) got into Wildcat territory in the final minute of the game, but Treyce McCormick intercepted Broadway quarterback Landen Stuhlmiller, and the Wildcats took a knee on their next play to end the game.

With the win, the Wildcats remained unbeaten on the road this season, clinched a playoff spot for the third consecutive year, and captured their second shutout victory of the season. In their season opener on Aug. 30 in Buena Vista, the Wildcats cruised to a 62-0 win over Parry McCluer.

Crediting defensive coordinator Mat Rapoza and his staff and players for securing the shutout, RC head coach Mark Poston said, “Those guys do a great job on defense. The kids played so hard tonight.”

Among those making tackles for the Wildcats were Mc-Clung, Gage Shafer, Anthony Marando, David Allio and Lynch, who lifted up a Gobbler at one point before tackling him.

Poston said it was important to give Broadway credit for stalling the Wildcats at times on a night when he said his team should have scored 42 points. “They played hard, and we knew they’d play hard,” he said, adding that the Gobblers hit hard on defense.

McClung, who led RC with 97 rushing yards on 13 carries, appeared on his way to a third TD in the fourth quarter, but a penalty prevented it. RC amassed 156 rushing yards while holding Broadway to 25.

Poston said the games against Broadway have generally been tough ones, including last year’s 24-16 road win by the Wildcats. “We told the guys all week that, when you come up here to play, it’s like some other places we’ve been,” he said. “Some places, you’ve got to be 10 to 14 points better before you even get off the bus … because strange things are going to happen.”

On their first drive of the game, the Wildcats turned the ball over on a fumble, but they stepped up defensively to get the ball back at midfield. Lynch then made a 35-yard run, and a couple of short runs set up McClung’s 4-yard TD run with 7:11 left in the first quarter. Daniel Cunningham then kicked in the extra point to give RC a 7-0 lead. Cunningham made all four of his extra point attempts.

After preventing a Broadway first down again, the Wildcats went mostly to their passing game, as Jay connected with Lynch and Turner Cook to get the ball down the field. Jay’s 9-yard TD pass to Jay, followed by Cunningham’s PAT, extended RC’s lead to 14-0 with 37.8 seconds left in the first quarter.

For the game, Jay completed 21-of-28 passes with two interceptions for 239 yards. “I thought Miller played fantastic,” Poston said. “I think Miller gets better every week.”

Jay’s most frequent target was Lynch, who led all receivers with 85 yards on eight catches. Poston said Jay and Lynch “have got great chemistry, and I thought the offensive line protected really well.”

Cook caught five passes for 61 yards for RC, and Luke Mayr made three catches for 55 yards. Jay was sacked three times, but his passing production made up for those.

The Wildcats held Stuhlmiller to 81 yards on 13-of-21 passing, with two interceptions.

On Broadway’s next drive, the Wildcats were all over the Gobblers, forcing them to punt to punt from their own territory.

RC got the ball back, but Jay was intercepted by Stuhlmiller. The Gobblers’ offense did not produce, though, and the Wildcats took their time in getting down the field, to set up a 13-yard TD run by McClung with 2:44 left in the first half. Cunningham’s PAT extended RC’s lead to 21-0.

Broadway then got a first down for the first time in the game, but Mayr intercepted Stuhlmiller, and the Wildcats ended the half with the ball.

The Wildcats worked their passing game in the third quarter, with light rain falling, but Stuhlmiller intercepted Jay. Neither team could muster any offense, though, and the period was scoreless.

Early in the fourth quarter, Allio recovered a Broadway fumble on a pass attempt. After several short runs, Jay made a 14-yard TD pass to Mayr, and Cunningham’s PAT with 4:48 left was the final point of the game.

Poston said that, while the game exposed some areas for the Wildcats to work on, “Good teams find a way to win.”

The Wildcats will continue district action when they take on Harrisonburg (5-3, 3-0) at James Madison University’s Bridge-forth Stadium in the second game of the Shenandoah Valley Football Classic this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The teams will play on the turf field in the fourth year of the event, which features teams from the Shenandoah Valley.

Harrisonburg is a larger Class 5 school, while RC and the other teams in the district are in Class 3. Looking ahead to the matchup, Poston said, “Harrisonburg’s got some great skill guys, their quarterback [Kwentin Smiley] and their running backs. We actually started watching film on Harrisonburg this morning [Friday] before school, and we’ve got to go to work. This is one of those weeks that’s going to be a long week. Playing on turf certainly is a benefit to both teams. … It’s going to be an interesting game next Saturday.”

RC 14 7 0 7 28

BHS 0 0 0 0 0

First Quarter

RC – McClung 4 run (Cunningham kick)

RC – Lynch 9 pass from Jay (Cunningham kick)

Second Quarter

RC – McClung 13 run (Cunningham kick)

Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter

RC –Mayr 14 pass from Jay (Cunningham kick)

RC BHS First downs 14 4 Rushes-yards 26-156 9-25 Passing yards 239 81 Comp-Att-Int 21-28-2 13-21-2 Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 3-35 3-30

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – RC, McClung 13-97, Lynch 1-35, Shafer 5-28, Poindexter 2-14, Jay 5-(-18). BHS, Stuhlmiller 6-30, Hoover 1-1, Showalter 2-(-6).

PASSING – RC, Jay 21-28-2 239. BHS, Stuhlmiller 13-21-2 81.

RECEIVING – RC, Lynch 8-85, Cook 5-61, Mayr 3-55, McClung 2-24, Looney 2-13, Shafer 1-1. BHS, Tinnell 6-71, Ott, 3-4, Buchanan 1-3, Smith 1-3, Moyers 1-1, Showalter 1-(-1).

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