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Bobcats claim regional title

Radford racked up 387 yards in cruising to a 34-6 victory against Fort Chiswell in the Region C, Dvision 2 championship game Friday night in Max Meadows. The Bobcats also won regional titles in 1991, 1997 and 2003.

The Bobcats (10-3) would strike first, as Brian Thompson hauled in a 9-yard scoring strike from Dontae Carter with 1:26 left in the opening quarter. Michael Goodman’s PAT would make it 7-0.

Top, Grant Mitchell on his way to scoring a touchdown Friday against Ft. Chiswell.  - Photo by Parnell Thompson
Top, Grant Mitchell on his way to scoring a touchdown Friday against Ft. Chiswell. - Photo by Parnell Thompson

In the second quarter, Grant Mitchell galloped 80 yards on the Cats’ first play from scrimmage in the quarter. Goodman’s PAT was no good, thus making it 13-0 with 8:49 on the clock. A 9-yard run by Carter and Goodman’s PAT at the 4:10 mark of the quarter would put Radford up 20-0 at the half.

Radford would put the game away in the third quarter. A Fort Chiswell (11-2) fumble at their own 35-yard lineĀ  would lead to the Bobcats next score. This time Kevin Adkins would get into the scoring act, as he scrambled 3-yards for the score and Goodman’s PAT would make it 27-0 with 9:24 left in the quarter. D.J. Palmer would then score from 45 yards out and Goodman’s PAT allowed the Cats to take a commanding 34-0 advantage into the final quarter.

The Pioneers would avoid the shutout, as Chris Rodriguez scored from 6-yards out with 9:15 remaining in the game. The PAT was blocked, thus making the final 34-6, Radford.

Fort Chiswell tallied 185 yards on the ground. Chris Rodriguez, the region’s leading rusher, was held to 138 yards on 26 carries in the game.

Radford, who piled up 387 yards of total offense, saw 268 of those yards come on the ground. Grant Mitchell led the way with 101 yards on four carries. Kevin Adkins had 62 yards on 16 carries, while D.J. Palmer and Dontae Carter finished with 55 and 50 yards, respectively. Carter also completed 5-of-11 passes for 73 yards.

Radford will now head to Lebanon (8-4), a 21-12 winner over Gate City, next Saturday in the semifinals of the Group A, Division 2 playoffs. The last time the Bobcats played Lebanon was in 2003, with Radford winning 14-13.

In Saturday’s game against Gate City (10-2), the Pioneers scored 14 unanswered points in the game’s final five minutes to turn a 12-7 deficit into a 21-12 victory.

Lebanon likes to run the spread offense and use varied passing attacks.

Andrew Jessee, a 6-1 senior quarterback, has thrown for 1,400 yards and 21 scores this season. Andrew Cobb, a 6-2 senior, has 40 catches and nine TD receptions. Senior Bob Jones and 6-5 senior tight end Kevin Widener have combined for 11 scores, while Dylan Smith leads the team with close to 800 yards rushing and 160-pound Justin Adams provides blocking from his fullback position.

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