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LB fails to capitalize on early chances at Alleghany

Lord Botetourt let some early opportunities slip away and gave up some late scores to Alleghany as the Cavs dropped a 27-16 football game in Low Moor last week.

The Cavaliers had a chance to take control early. They drove the ball 70 yards for a score on their first possession but missed the extra point. Then, after an interception by freshman Conner Bronson, they drove it in again to go up 13-0 in the first quarter.

However, the second quarter was frustrating for LB. After a Jessie Corl interception put them in good position, the Cavs missed a field goal. Then, after a forcing a punt, they drove deep into Alleghany territory again and fumbled the ball away on the five.

“We could have easily been up 24-0 at that point,” said LB coach Tater Benson. “We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”

Evan Bourne (1) scores Lord Botetourt's first touchdown against Alleghany Friday night. - Herald Photo/Ed McCoy
Evan Bourne (1) scores Lord Botetourt's first touchdown against Alleghany Friday night. - Herald Photo/Ed McCoy

Instead, Alleghany bounced back with a touchdown before the half to cut the lead to 13-7 at intermission. Then the Mountaineers scored on the opening drive of the second half to go up 14-13, only to have Botetourt regain the lead on a 30-yard field goal by Jay Phillips.

Botetourt held the lead into the fourth quarter but let it get away. The Mountaineers were threatening to take the lead when the Cavs got a sack, only to be called for a disputed facemask penalty. That gave Alleghany a first down on the 14 and the Mountaineers took it in to score and regain the lead, 20-16. They scored an insurance touchdown with about a minute to go, and LB fell to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the district.

“We had our chance to put them away early but we let it get away,” said Benson.

Botetourt continued to go with youth. Freshman Will Cline got the start at quarterback and played well, completing 18 of 23 passes for 168 yards. Cline didn’t have a safety net as LB’s other quarterback, Dalton Hargrove, had to sit out after being ejected from the game the week before.

“Will didn’t throw a bad pass all night,” said Benson. “He had five incompletions and three were thrown away to avoid a sack and the other two could have been caught.”

Evan Bourne led the rushing attack with 106 yards on 32 carries, and he also scored both LB touchdowns. On defense, Bronson had 11 tackles, Ronnie Costa had 10, and Jacob Martin had nine.

The Cavaliers are back home this week to try to pick up their first Blue Ridge win as William Byrd comes to town.

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