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The Blue Demons blocked two Franklin County punts, and one was scooped up for a score.
JEANNINE COOPER | Special to The Roanoke Times
Christiansburg’s Tanner Reed (center) hustles to the end zone for a 49-yard fourth-quarter score on Friday night. With 116 yards, he led the Blue Demons in rushing in their 34-6 win over Franklin County.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
CHRISTIANSBURG -- Christiansburg blocked two second-quarter punts to gain the momentum at home on Friday night, and the Blue Demons went on to rout Franklin County, 34-6.
"We kind of had the same [ punt-blocking] scheme from last year, we just missed a couple," Christiansburg head coach Tim Cromer said. "And we really worked on it. We kind of tweaked it a little bit. We just thought there was a spot we could expose."
Blue Demons running back Kory Hendricks got his hands on both of Jonathan Saunders' second quarter punts, one of which was picked up and taken into the end zone by Jake Hamley to put Christiansburg up 14-0.
"It's a team thing," Hendricks said. "Without the team, I wouldn't be able to get down there [ to block the punt] ."
After Hamley scooped and scored on the first blocked punt, he hit a 25-yard field goal on the possession following the second. J ust for good measure, he hit another one to end the second quarter. At halftime, Hamley had accounted for 14 of Christiansburg's 20 points.
"He does a great job at wideout," Cromer said. "He picked that one [punt block] up and scored, and of course, he's averaging about 44 yards a punt. I think he had three touchbacks tonight, and then he made two field goals. So, he's quite a weapon."
Franklin County's defense played well in the early going, holding the Blue Demons to just one first down on each of their first two possessions.
But struggles from Franklin County's offensive and special teams units led to big plays for Christiansburg all night.
"Seven turnovers, two blocked punts," Eagles head coach Chris Jones said. "You're not going to win games like that."
Despite Franklin County's struggles, freshman Andrew Harris provided a spark for the Eagles, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
"He's a heck of a talent," Jones said. "He gives it everything he has. He's going to be an outstanding player."
After Logan Adkins forced and recovered a fumble in Franklin County territory early in the second quarter, Christiansburg went 38 yards in three plays to jump out to a 7-0 lead.
Hendricks made two big plays on the drive, catching a 15-yard pass from Chris Jackson before running it in from 20 yards out. He finished with 48 yards rushing on 11 carries.
His counterpart in the backfield, Tanner Reed, led the Blue Demons with 116 yards on nine carries, including a 49-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter that all but sealed the victory.
Christiansburg finished with 241 yards rushing.
"We want to run the ball first, and we thought we might be able to," Cromer said. "Our kids played physical, and I was a little concerned because Franklin County's pretty physical. But I thought we responded well."
Franklin County quarterback Bradley Parcell struggled for most of the night, going 8 for 27 passing for 167 yards, 145 of which went to Ethan Adams.
"We've had to throw the ball the last two weeks out of necessity for a lack of a running game," Jones said. "We've just been doing what we've got to do to put points on the board."
Franklin County 0 0 0 6-6
Christiansburg 0 20 0 14-34
C - Hendricks 20 run (Hamley kick)
C - Hamley 3 blocked punt return (Hamley kick)
C - FG Hamley 25
C - FG Hamley 25
C - Reed 49 run (Hamley kick)
C - Adkins 1 run (Hamley kick)
FC - Harris 4 run (run failed)
RUSHING - Franklin County, Harris 20-90, Parcell 10-21, Rinn 7-42, Ingram 5-12, Adams 1-1. Christiansburg, Reed 9-116, Hendricks 11-48, Adkins 10-22, Jackson 3-2, Muldoon 1-11, Cridlin 3-2, Vaughn 2-40, Dunn 1-2, Team 1-(minus-2).
PASSING - Franklin County, Parcell 8-27-1-167. Christiansburg, Jackson 4-10-0-29.
RECEIVING - Franklin County, Adams 5-145, Ingram 1-10, Rinn 1-8, Harris 1-4. Christiansburg, Hendricks 2-23, Hamley 1-8, Vitaliano 1-(minus-2).
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