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Alleghany missed three second-half PAT tries, including a pass that was knocked down.
T.J. WITTEN | Special to The Roanoke Times
Cave Spring quarterback Alex Emery rushed for 129 yards and a TD in the 30-28 win over Alleghany.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Scoring touchdowns wasn't the problem for Alleghany against Cave Spring, it was the point after touchdowns that proved troublesome.
Alleghany failed in three second-half PAT attempts including a Nick Ferrell pass attempt that was knocked down at the line and would have tied the score in the fourth as the Knights squeaked out a 30-28 homecoming win on Friday night.
With 3:30 left in the contest Alleghany's Trent Rust returned a Knights' kickoff 95 yards for a score to cut Cave's lead to 30-28. Ferrell's attempt to tie, however, came up short moments later.
The Mountaineers did get one more chance as they got the ball back with two minutes to play, but Ferrell's final pass was intercepted by Cave Spring's Austin Beeker at the Knights' 28 to end the game.
"Alleghany did a great job. That was a hard-fought football game," Cave Spring head coach Tim Fulton said. "That [interception] was a big play."
Cave Spring led 17-10 at halftime, but Alleghany came out of the locker room on fire. On the first offensive possession of the third quarter the Mountaineers marched 97 yards down the field on 10 plays. The drive was capped by a 1 yard TD run from Ferrell to cut the deficit to 17-16.
After the score the Mountaineers lined up to kick, but tried to catch the Knights off guard on a run play that didn't work. This was the first of three successive extra point attempts that failed for Alleghany and proved costly.
"I challenged our kids at halftime," Alleghany head coach Gary Burdette said. "They gave it all they had in the second half. They emptied their tanks."
The Knights had their success primarily on the ground with the combination of quarterback Alex Emery and tailback Jon Roach. The pair each ran for over 120 yards, while Roach had two touchdown runs and Emery had one.
"At first we thought we could pressure them up the middle, but our power outside [running] worked a whole lot better," said Roach.
The teams came into the game with similar 1-2 records and looked at this as a chance to move back to even record-wise near the season's halfway point.
"I think it was huge to get us back to .500," said Fulton.
Roach also was pleased to get the team's record up to 2-2, but especially during this particular night.
"It feels great, especially winning on Homecoming," he said.
Alleghany 7 3 6 12-28
Cave Spring 7 10 0 13-30
All - Rust 6 pass from Ferrell (Kessinger kick)
CS - Roach 12 run (Seymour kick)
CS - Emery 12 run (Seymour kick)
All - FG Seay 22
CS - FG Seymour 33
All - Ferrell 1 run (run failed)
CS - Roach 1 run (kick failed)
All - Kessinger 35 pass from Ferrell (kick failed)
CS - Rice 12 run (Seymour kick)
All - Rust 95 kick return (pass failed)
RUSHING - Alleghany, Johnson 14-94, Unroe 4-9, Ferrell 3-(-16), Carter 6-30, Burks 3-5. Cave Spring, Roach 23-124, Emery 18-129, Rice 7-49, Curtis 1-(-1).
PASSING - Alleghany, Ferrell 14-29-1-230, Broughman 0-1-0-0. Cave Spring, Emery 6-12-0-66.
RECEIVING - Alleghany, Rust 3-26, Kessinger 8-175, Johnson 1-5, Persinger 2-24. Cave Spring, Curtis 1-16, Foutz 1-9, Roach 1-5, Kidd 2-19, Albritton 1-17.
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