By Staff Report Saturday, September 22 2012 00:00
A fourth quarter Radford rally came up just short, as Virginia High escaped town with a 16-14 non-district football win Friday night at the Norman G. Lineburg Field.
After holding the Bobcats (0-4) to a three- and-out on the game's first possession, the Bearcats (2-3) needed just nine plays to find the house, as Tradell Reisler rambled 15-yards to give the visitors from Bristol a 7-0 lead with 5:40 in the first quarter.
Radford had better success on moving the ball on its next possession, as they started at their own 27-yard line. Facing a fourth -and-six at the 47-yard line, the Bobcats opted to go for a first down. However, the Cats came up a yard short, as Virginia High took over on downs at its own 43-yard line. The Bearcats appeared they would score another touchdown on its third play from scrimmage. However the 50-yard touchdown was called back, as Virginia High was guilty for holding on the play. Virginia High eventually moved the ball to the Bobcats 7-yard line before Gray Mumpower connected on a 16-field goal to up the Bearcats lead to 10-0 at the 9:58 mark of the second quarter.
Virginia High tallied 149 yards of total offense in the opening half, while Radford could muster just 26 yards total offense.
The Bearcats started a drive late in the third quarter and finished it off with a 35-yard touchdown gallop by Reisler just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter to pull to a 16-0 advantage.
Radford finally broke the scoring drought in the fourth quarter. A 30-yard scoring strike from Hunter Marshall to Caleb Findley capped off a seven-play, 72-yard drive. The two-point conversion pass from Hobbs to Marshall cut the Bobcats deficit in half, 16-8, with 9:11 to go in the quarter. The Bobcats would strike again. This time, Marcus Finley hauled in a 14-yard pass from Marshall to make it 16-14. However, the two point conversion attempt came up short, as Bearcats clung to a 16-14 lead with 2:09 in the game. The Bobcats would get the ball back with 33 seconds remaining in the game. But, was unable to pull out the win, as they fell 16-14.
Virginia High tallied 297 yards on offense, with 240 of those coming on the ground.
Radford recorded 197 yards of offense. Hunter Marshall led the way with 138 yards passing on a 10-for-18 night.
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