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Quarterback Nick Webb racked up 221 yards of offense and two rushing touchdowns in the win.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
MONETA — This was one case when something was greater even than victory in a high school football game.
With a continuous clock in operation in a game that was already out of hand, Josh Leonard’s 30-yard touchdown run was Lord Botetourt’s final score in a 47-10 demolition of host Staunton River Friday night.
Leonard, a senior, had never before carried the football from scrimmage in a varsity game. Called “our inspirational leader” by his coach Jamie Harless, Leonard’s run straight up the middle brought a knot to the throat and maybe a happy tear to the eye of a whole bunch of people.
“As a coach and a teacher, you’re in this to help children,” said Staunton River coach Chuck Poston, who was aware the play was coming. “This was something he’ll remember for the rest of his life. This was bigger than seven points. This was bigger than a high school football game.”
The coach had it right. This was one thrilled young football player.
“I ran that touchdown for God,” said Leonard, who also attends Lord Botetourt and the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. “I am so happy right now.”
The Cavaliers (9-0, 5-0) had a reason to feel good about things all the way around as they continued to churn toward a potential first or second seed in Group 3A West when the postseason opens in a couple of weeks.
Now if the Cavaliers can just get those touchdown conversions down, then everything ought to work out all right. As it was, 3 for 7 on PATs is not usually a formula for winning football. But the way the Cavaliers can roll up the yards and score, they had plenty of chances to work on things, which they did with kick, pass, and run attempts.
Behind the unstoppable Chris Thompson, Lord Botetourt pounded out 343 yards on the ground and 446 yards overall. Thompson had 223 yards, three TDs, and a PAT run before being given the rest of the night off early in the fourth quarter.
“It’s a mindset that I like to see the points scored,” lineman Brandon Winger said. “I feel like when Chris scores touchdowns, I score touchdowns. He’s not running it in unless we’re blocking for him.”
Quarterback Nick Webb also had a big game with 221 yards total offense and TD runs of 10 and 5 yards. Webb was an efficient 4 for 5, passing for 103 yards and a 2-point conversion to Drew Miles.
“I don’t ever think you can look at one game and say you played a complete game,” Harless said. “I thought our kids played hard.”
Harless had special praise for his defense, which had a week to prepare for the Golden Eagles’ single wing offense. It is the only time in the regular season the Cavaliers see the set. Staunton River (1-9, 0-6) got most of its offense out of tailback Deshawn Martin, who had 145 of the Eagles 223 rushing yards. Trey Tumblin scored a late TD on a 54-yard sprint and Adam Daponte drilled a 37-yard field goal right before intermission for the home team.
Lord Botetourt 12 14 14 7—47
Staunton River 0 3 0 7—10
LB — Thompson 38 run (run failed)
LB — Staples 42 punt return (run failed)
LB — Thompson 18 run (Miles pass from Webb)
LB --Webb 10 run (pass failed)
SR — FG Daponte 37
SR — Webb 5 run (pass failed)
LB — Thompson 10 run (Thompson run)
LB — Leonard 30 run (Clemons kick)
SR — Tumblin 54 run (Daponte kick)
First downs 22 5
Yards rushing 343 228
Passes C-A-I 4-5-0 2-6-1
Yards passing 103 40
Penalties-yards 10-88 3-30
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Punts-average 1-35 6-34.8
RUSHING — Lord Botetourt, Thompson 28-223, Webb 10-78, Lythgoe 2-12, Leonard 1-30 Staunton River, Martin 26-145, Tumblin 4-62, Brown 4-9, Divers 2-8, Hunt 1-2, Feazell 1-2.
PASSING — Lord Botetourt, Webb 4-5-0-103. Staunton River, Martin 2-6-1-40.
RECEIVING — Lord Botetourt, McClean 2-74, Staples 1-11, Gardner 1-18. Staunton River, Brown 1-30, Feazell 1-10.
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