Glenvar scored the first four times it had the football — and once when it didn’t — Friday night, remaining undefeated with a convincing 42-0 Three Rivers District victory over Floyd County.
Floyd County (1-7, 0-4) was the home team and celebrating homecoming, but the game was moved to the artificial turf of Salem Stadium because it offered a better playing surface after heavy rains soaked the Buffaloes’ home field.
“There’s no secret to what we do,” Glenvar coach Kevin Clifford said. “We focus on two things: our attitude and our effort. That’s what we can control. All the rest — whether it’s weather or the way the ball bounces — that’s out of our hands.”
The Highlanders (8-0, 4-0) gave up a 45-yard passing play on the first play from scrimmage, but from that point on, their defense was stellar. They allowed 17 yards the remainder of the first half, and gave up just 111 in the game — fewer than three yards per play.
Jordan Alexander intercepted a tipped pass midway through the second quarter and ran it back 34 yards for a touchdown. It was Alexander’s first pick-six of the season.
“Someone must have hit it because I saw it wobble,” Alexander said. “Then I had it in my hands and I knew I was gone. Someone threw a great block for me.”
The Buffaloes got as far as the Glenvar 21-yard line on the game’s opening possession before they stalled. The Highlanders took over on their own 28 and quickly drove 72 yards for a touchdown, scoring on a 1-yard run by Bradey Loder.
Loder scored again on Glenvar’s second possession, and he added another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Loder gained 113 yards on 18 carries.
Colby Street ran for a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. The first, a 48-yard burst up the middle, made it 21-0, and the second, a 77-yarder, gave Glenvar a five-touchdown lead with 2:41 remaining in the first half.
“They’re a bigger, stronger, faster football team,” Floyd County coach Winfred Beale said. “I’m proud of our kids’ effort, but they’re just physically much stronger. In football, if you can control the line of scrimmage you can do what you want, and they did that on both sides tonight.”
Glenvar 14 21 0 7 — 42
Floyd County 0 0 0 0 — 0
Glen — Loder 1 run (Furhman kick)
Glen — Loder 2 run (Furhman kick)
Glen — Street 48 run (Furhman kick)
Glen — Alexander 34 interception return (Furhman kick)
Glen — Street 77 run (Furhman kick)
Glen — Loder 24 run (Furhman kick)
Glenvar Floyd Co.
First downs 13 6
Rushes-yards 29-236 30-52
Passing yards 65 59
Comp-Att-Int 6-11-0 2-9-2
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 2-15 5-30
Punts-Avg. 1-44 4-42
RUSHING — Glenvar, Street 3-127, Loder 18-113, Bane 5-21, Gerbers 3-(-15). Floyd County, Erchull 6-15, Keith 2-11, Hammond 5-16, Yates 6-8, Thomas 8-6, Fenton 1-2, Conner 1-0, Wahlbert 1-(-6).
PASSING — Glenvar, Gerbers 6-11-0-65. Floyd County, Nichols 2-9-2-59.
RECEIVING — Glenvar, Sebolt 3-36, Forster 3-29. Floyd County, Fenton 1-45, Wood 1-14.