Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
MICHAEL SHROYER | Special to The Roanoke Times
Blacksburg senior kicker Carson Wise follows through while practicing kickoffs with kicking coach Bret Gresham.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Place-kicking has been far from perfect this season at Virginia Tech.
That is not the case across town at Blacksburg High School.
The Bruins' kicking duties are in the capable hands - make that the right leg - of Carson Wise.
The 5-foot-10, 154-pound senior kicked a 55-yard field goal in Friday night's 37-0 victory over Radford, equalling the Timesland record set in 1991 by Martinsville's Jason O'Dell and tied in 1995 by Pulaski County's Shayne Graham.
Coach David Crist's Bruins tried a Hail Mary pass to the end zone that fell incomplete with two seconds left in the first half. Crist sent Wise out to extend the Blacksburg's lead to 20-0.
Holder Ethan Goforth placed the ball squarely on a one-half inch block on the 45-yard line at the right hash. Wise boomed a high kick that cleared the crossbar.
"The officials told us that it had two yards to spare," Crist said. "It's within his range. It was at the extent of his range."
Wise has been Blacksburg's kicker for four years. He also had FGs of 47 and 33 yards Friday, making him 4 for 4 on the season and giving him 25 in 31 attempts for his career.
Wise is 13 field goals behind Graham's VHSL record of 38. Former New River Valley kickers dot the VHSL record book. Ex-Radford kicker Trey Mitchell holds the state's single-season mark with 20.
Crist said Wise is exploring options to kick in college. His stock might have just risen dramatically.
"Davidson has offered whatever "offering" means to them in football," Crist said. "They're [nonscholarship FCS] in football. He's a really good student too. I think he has some interest in Princeton, the Ivy League schools."
Chilhowie tops Tazewell in amazing Friday finish
First-year Chilhowie head football coach Jeff Robinson has been part of two unbelievable comebacks in the last three seasons.
In 2011, Robinson was a Chilhowie assistant when the Warriors defeated Rural Retreat 38-37 in a first-round playoff game after trailing 31-0 at halftime.
Friday night, Robinson watched an even more incredible win.
Chilhowie led visiting Tazewell 42-21 late in the fourth quarter. Robinson had his second-string defense on the field, and it took Tazewell roughly four minutes to cut the lead to 42-28 with 1:06 to play.
That's when things got strange.
Tazewell recovered an onside kick. With Chilhowie's second-stringers still on the field, the Bulldogs hit a long TD pass on the next play to make it 42-35.
"I felt like they touched that onside kick before it went 10 yards," Robinson said. "It turns out it was the right call, but I was pretty hot. I spent the entire time before they put the ball in play arguing with the official.
"By that time, the backups have already run back on the field again. The next thing I know, touchdown."
Tazewell recovered another onside kick and scored on another long pass, then hit a two-point conversion pass for a shocking 43-42 lead with 30 seconds left.
The game was not over.
Chilhowie advanced the ball inside the 10-yard line before killing the clock with 0.5 seconds to go.
Straight-on kicker Justin Jones, who earlier in the game kicked a 35-yard PAT after a penalty, nailed a 24-yarder to win the game.
Robinson has been involved in once-in-a-lifetime games twice in less than two years.
"The Rural Retreat game transpired in an entire half. This one transpired in a minute," Robinson said. "That was crazy. They scored 22 points in 36 seconds. There were 25 points scored in the last 66 seconds.
"The stands were at least two-thirds empty during that last minute. I bet some of those that left won't leave early again anytime soon."
Fleming to add four to sports hall of fame
William Fleming will induct four new members into its athletic hall of fame in January.
The new inductees are:
The inductees will be honored during halftime of Fleming's Jan. 3 boys basketball game against Northside.
Giles, Auburn to join in battle against cancer
Two current Timesland volleyball unbeatens - Auburn and Giles - will play their Three Rivers District opener Oct. 1 in Pearisburg as part of the Dig Pink Night.
The game will raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
The Eagles won the Group A Division 1 title in 2012, while Giles was a Division 2 state semifinalist.
Weather JournalStorm track isn't very snowy for us