Wildcats Trounced By Blazers In District Opener

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Jonathan Schwab
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Friday, Oct. 11 – The Rockbridge County High School football team suffered a 55-10 loss to Spotswood in the Valley District opener on Friday night in Lexington.

The Blazers (6-0) consistently ran the ball well to avoid tackles. Running back Ethan Barnhart had a superb night for Spotswood, rushing for 214 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Spotswood quarterback Ryan High threw two TD passes in the first quarter, a 37-yarder to Colton Good and then a 32-yarder to Robert Smith. Cole Myers ran for two TDs for Spotswood, and Benjamin Conahan ran for one.

After RC kicker Daniel Cunningham made a 30-yard field goal less then five minutes into the game, Spotswood scored four TDs in the first quarter to take a 28-3 lead. The Blazers stretched their lead to 35-3 by halftime and extended in to 42-3 in the third quarter before Bret McClung got the Wildcats (4-2) back on the scoreboard with a 5-yard TD run, followed by Cunningham’s extra point kick at the end of the quarter. Spotswood added its final two TDs in the fourth quarter.

Spotswood intercepted RC quarterback Miller Jay twice, with John Van Huss making a pick late in the first quarter, leading to a TD run by Myers. On RC’s next drive, Anthony Dooms intercepted Jay, and Barnhart ran for a TD several plays later.

The Wildcats will continue district action next Friday at 7 p.m. when they play host to Waynesboro for their homecoming game.

For the full story, photos and stats from Friday’s game, with a prediction for next week, please see our Oct. 16 newspaper.

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