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Bobcats grab district share with win

RADFORD – The Radford Bobcats kept their undefeated district streak in tact on Friday, as the handed Auburn yet another Three Rivers District loss at home, 52-12. In the process, Radford clinched a share of the district crown.

The Bobcats (6-3, 4-0) used a strong first quarter rushing performance to help distance themselves from Auburn (1-8, 0-4). D.J. Palmer would open up the scoring in the first quarter on a huge 14-yard run, giving the Bobcats the early lead.

Grant Mitchell and Sam Mumpower would add two more scores on runs of 24 and 2 yards respectively. Before the close of the first, Palmer would get his feet going again. This time, it would be a huge 48-yard run, as the Bobcats took a commanding 28-0 lead after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, Palmer would score again. It wouldn’t be on a run this time though, but rather his special teams play. He would return an Auburn punt 40 yards for a touchdown.

Quarterback Dontae Carter would add the final score of the half on a 7-yard quarterback keeper, as the Bobcats went into the halftime break leading 42-0 on the Eagles.

Auburn would get their offense going in the second half. After Radford opened the third quarter scoring with a field goal, Eagles quarterback Zac Blankenship would guide his team down the field. Blankenship capped the drive himself, scoring on a 15-yard run, as the Eagles got on the board for the first time.

Radford backup quarterback Timmy Whorles would make the most of an opportunity to get some playing time. He would connect with teammate Josh Mulky for a 20-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Auburn would add their final score of the quarter and game on a Josh Toney 3-yard scamper. However, the Eagles six turnovers in the game would doom them and Radford earned another district win.

Palmer finished the game with 70 yards rushing, two rushing touchdowns, and one punt return for a touchdown).

With Radford winning, they have officially clinched at least a share of the Three Rivers District Championship. The Bobcats can win the district outright with a win at home against Giles. The Spartans (6-3, 3-1) are fresh off of a 38-13 win over Floyd County.

Auburn will finish off their season against Eastern Montgomery. The Mustangs (7-2, 2-2) had a come-from-behind win last week to hand Glenvar their third district loss last week, 44-35.

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