By Staff Report Saturday, September 29 2012 00:00
It was Homecoming in Stuart Friday night and after the game, there was a good fireworks show put on by school. However, the fireworks actually started in the first quarter, when Radford lit up the scoreboard for 30 first quarter points en route to a 44-0 lopsided victory over Patrick County in non-district action. The Cougars loss was their 26th-straight.
The Bobcats (1-4) took the opening kickoff and immediately started their drive. On the third play from scrimmage, Hunter Marshall galloped 63-yards for the score and Caleb Findley's PAT made it 7-0 with 11:02 in the quarter. The Radford scored marked the first time this season that the Bobcats scored first. On the ensuing kickoff, the Cougars (0-5), facing a fourth-and two at their own 40 yard line, Patrick County gained seven yards to move the ball to the 47. On the next play, Pulaski County coughed up the ball and Radford's Eric Benitez recovered the pigskin at mid-field. The running of Marcus Findley, Isaiah Findley, Alex Wright, and Marshall Hunter set up the Cats next score that saw D'Andre Cook find the house from 10-yards out and Findley's PAT made it 14-0 with 6:44 showing.
On the ensuing kickoff, Patrick County was held to a three-and-out. On the punt, the ball sailed over the punter's head, which picked up the ball and stepped out of the back of end zone for a safety to make it 16-0, Bobcats, at the 5:45 mark of the first quarter. On the free kick, the Bobcats took over at the Cougar 48-yard line. Two plays later, Marshall connected with Cook on an 19-yard scoring strike and Findley's PAT increased the Radford advantage to 23-0 with 5:24 still remaining in the first quarter. A 25-yard TD pass from Marshall to Cook at the 2:34 mark made it 30-0, Radford, with 2:34 on the clock.
Just three seconds into the second quarter, Carter scampered from three yards out to make it 37-0, Radford. The Bobcats had another opportunity to score again at the 8:42 mark. However, Findley's 49-yard field goal had the distance, but sailed wide left. The Bobcats would strike again, this time Cooke connected with Findley on a 5-yard strike and the PAT made it 44-0 with 24 ticks on the clock.
Radford tallied 333 yards of total offense and 13 first downs, while Patrick County managed 119 yards and seven first downs.
The second half saw the running clock rule go into effect. Under VHSL rules, if a team is down by 35 or more points in the second half, the clock remains running except for timeouts and out of bounds plays,
The Bobcats took advantage of the opportunity, as many of the younger players got plenty of playing time on both offense and defense.
The Radford offense drove inside the Cougar 20-yard line late in the third quarter, but was unable to cash in.
In the fourth quarter, Patrick County drove to the Radford 16 before Malcolm Thompson picked off the ball at the 16-yard line. Late in the game, The Cougars drove to the Cats’ 5-yard line and once again, the Radford defense rose the occasion to preserve the shutout.
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