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Glenvar comes back to tie the score, but the Cavaliers counter with a winning position change.
JOHN WIMMER | Special to The Roanoke Times
Lord Botetourt’s Chris Thompson (32) runs in the first half while Glenvar’s Remington Stanley (2) and Savion Stone (42) give chase.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
For three quarters on Friday night Glenvar's defense held Lord Botetourt star running back Chris Thompson in check, but then the fourth quarter arrived.
Thompson rushed for two fourth quarter touchdowns including a 46-yard score with 10:21 left to break a 16-16 tie as the Cavaliers pulled away to defeat Glenvar 38-16.
Thompson, who ended the night with 222 rushing yards, did most of his damage on the ground after the Cavaliers moved him to quarterback late in the third quarter.
"I think that took them off guard. That's something they didn't see through the first three quarters," Thompson said.
In those first three quarters the Highlanders (1-2) went toe-to-toe with the Cavaliers (3-0).
When Glenvar quarterback Levi Mullins hit receiver Jake Shaffer with a 10-yard TD strike with 54 seconds left in the third the Highlanders pulled even at 16.
Glenvar's extra point kick was blocked, however, and the momentum swung back to the Cavaliers.
After Thompson broke the tie early in the fourth, Glenvar was stopped on its next possession on a fourth-and-2 from its 39-yard line.
Moments later Thompson was in the end zone on a 22-yard scoring run that opened the lead to 32-16.
"We didn't play in the fourth quarter the way we are capable," Glenvar head coach Kevin Clifford said. "We should have taken the lead on the extra point, but it was blocked. We just made too many mistakes."
Glenvar got on the board first when Mullins hit Jeremy Martin on a 69-yard bomb on the Highlanders' first offensive play to give them a 7-0 lead.
Lord Botetourt answered with 16 unanswered points. Quarterback Nick Webb hit Nathan McClelan on a 19-yard touchdown pass, then Thompson ran in a two-point conversion to give Botetourt an 8-7 lead.
After a Mullins' interception, Webb scored with his feet as he scampered in from the 15-yard line to put the Cavaliers up 16-7 with 1:13 left in the first quarter.
"Nick has done an excellent job taking on what we've asked of him," Lord Botetourt head coach Jamie Harless said.
The victory keeps the Cavaliers perfect on the season, but not overconfident.
"It's awesome and great for the community, but we've still got a lot of work to do," Thompson said. "We've got a lot of work to beat some of the tough teams around here."
Lord Botetourt 16 0 0 22-38
Glenvar 7 3 6 0-16
GL - Martin 61 pass from Mullins (Thompson kick)
LB - McClelan 19 pass from Webb (Thompson run)
LB - Webb 15 run (Thompson run)
GL - FG Thompson 21
GL - Shaffer 10 pass from Mullins (kick failed)
LB - Thompson 46 run (Oyler run)
LB - Thompson 22 run (Oyler pass from Webb)
LB - Staples 35 pass from Oyler (kick failed)
First downs 19 11
Yards rushing 261 66
Passes C-A-I 11-14-0 9-25-3
Yards passing 137 148
Penalties-yards 7-47 5-45
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Punts-average 2-33 3-37
RUSHING - Lord Botetourt, Thompson 40-222, Webb 5-25, Oyler 8-14. Glenvar Smith 20-66, Mullins 1-0.
PASSING - Lord Botetourt, Webb 10-13-0-102, Oyler 1-1-0-35. Glenvar, Mullins 9-25-148-3.
RECEIVING - Lord Botetourt, Hickman 2-26, McClelan 2-31, Gunter 1-8, Rivenbark 3-26, Leonard 1-4, Oyler 1-7, Staples 1-35. Glenvar, Martin 5-106, Shaffer 2-26, Muse 1-6, Stanley 1-10.
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