Christiansburg’s latest road trip to the Roanoke Valley for a football game was much better than the last time.
Much, much better.
The Blue Demons dominated host Hidden Valley from the moment they received the opening kickoff, hammering the Titans 61-20 in a key River Ridge District and Region 3D showdown on Friday at Bogle Stadium.
“Our defense stepped up, and did what it needed to do, and our offense was making plays,” said the Demons’ Curtis Altizer, who contributed on both sides of the football. “Casey Graham was throwing darts, Travis Altizer catching the ball, and offensive line blocking very well.”
Christiansburg’s list of offensive contributors was long. Graham threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns — all to different receivers.
One of those receivers — Jayron Thompson — followed up his TD catch by returning an interception 36 yards for another score moments later. Just a few plays later, Curtis Altizer scored his own defensive touchdown on a fumble return. He also had an interception.
And then there was the running back duo of Stephan Myrthil and Tanner Evans.
Myrthil ran for both of the Demons’ first-quarter TDs and finished with 85 rushing yards. Evans had just one rushing TD — a 46-yard dash to score the first of four third-quarter scores for Christiansburg (6-1, 2-1). He finished with 116 yards on just seven carries.
“It was 100% the offensive line,” Myrthil said. “They gave me gaps to run through, and I’m scoring touchdowns. Our blocking game is elite. They are a great group of guys that can get us down the field anytime we want.”
This was the second straight week the Blue Demons have won big. Coupled with last week’s shutout win over archrival Blacksburg, Christiansburg has outscored its opponents 110-20 since suffering its only loss on Oct. 1 at Salem.
“We’ve cleaned some things up since then,” Christiansburg coach Alex Wilkens said. “We were a little disappointed in our overall effort against Salem. We’ve attacked that [issue] the past two weeks, and the kids have taken it head on, and it showed tonight.
“It was total team effort. We knew that as good as they are on offense, it meant that when we were on offense, we would need to run the ball effectively, and do the best we could.”
The Demons rushed for 290 yards overall, and got another 192 yards in the air.
Hidden Valley, meanwhile, is looking for answers. After winning its first six games of the season, the Titans have been outscored 105-27 in the past two weeks.
There were a handful of good performances for Hidden Valley. While his three interceptions damaged the end result, quarterback Sam Dragovich completed 24 of 39 passes for 276 yards.
Braxton Dunnings was the Titans’ top performer, catching 10 passes for 189 yards.
Hidden Valley coach Scott Weaver was not available for comment after the game. The Titans left the stadium immediately after shaking hands, boarded buses and went back to their school, where Weaver led an immediate film breakdown of Friday’s game.
Christiansburg 61, Hidden Valley 20
Christiansburg 14 14 26 7 — 61
Hidden Valley 7 0 7 6 — 20
Cburg — Myrthil 8 run (Conner kick)
Cburg — Myrthil 23 run (Conner kick)
HV — Strong 3 pass from Dragovich (Dragovich kick)
Cburg — Taylor 14 pass from Graham (Conner kick)
Cburg — T. Altizer 59 pass from Graham (Conner kick)
Cburg — Evans 46 run (Connor kick)
Cburg — Thompson 37 pass from Graham (Connor kick)
Cburg — Thompson 36 int. return (kick blocked)
Cburg — C. Altizer 12 fumble return (kick failed)
HV — Dragovich 1 run (Dragovich kick)
HV — Dunnings 57 pass from Dragovich (kick failed)
Cburg — Fernandez 26 run (Connor kick)
First downs 18 14
Rushes-yards 31-290 20-31
Passing yards 192 276
Comp-Att-Int 9-14-0 24-39-3
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Return yards 150 106
Penalties-yards 6-100 5-50
Punts-Avg. 2-36 4-34
RUSHING — Christiansburg, Evans 7-116, Myrthil 12-85, Fernandez 9-60, Graham 1-48, C. Altizer 1-9, Blount 2-8, Lloyd 1-6. Hidden Valley, Banks 6-38, Guerrero 1-6, Carroll 1-(minus-3), Dragovich 12-(minus-10).