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WAVE FRESHMAN running back Ethan Owens (#24) looks for running room through a tough Beaver defense early in Friday night's non-district contest at Bluefield. Grundy managed just one score and it came in the first half when senior Jimmy Ashby pulled down a pass from quarterback Kaleb Smith and trotted 50 yards to the endzone.
(Photo by Eric DiNovo, courtesy of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.) 
Beavers Shut Down Wave, 60-7

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter

    Bluefield scored two touchdowns in its first two games.
    It scored three touchdowns in each of the first three quarters Friday night.
    Bluefield’s offense came to life in a big way as the Beavers thumped Grundy, 60-7, in interstate play Friday at Mitchell Stadium.
    The Beavers wasted little time, scoring on the first play of the first half and the first play of the second half. Bluefield (2-1) amassed 542 yards of total offense and put exactly 20 points on the board for three straight quarters against a young and inexperienced Grundy squad.
    On the first play of the game, the Beavers’ J.T. Powell scored from 65 yards out on a wingback reverse.
    It took all of 15 seconds.
    "The first play of the game made the offense know that we can come out and we can make things happen," said Bluefield quarterback Eric McClanahan, who was 9-of-12 passing for 211 yards and four touchdowns.
    McClanahan threw TD passes of 58 and 27 yards, respectively, to Ansel Ponder, and a five-yarder to Matthew Carter in the first half. His only second-half throw was a 75-yard scoring strike to Powell early in the third period.
    Grundy (0-3) got a first-half touchdown for the first time all season. Jimmy Ashby took a fade from Kaleb Smith and pulled away from a pair of defenders on the right sideline for a 50-yard touchdown pass.
     Early in the game, the Golden Wave seemed to be on the verge of getting more. One promising Wave drive stalled near midfield. A number of Bluefield’s biggest plays, meanwhile, seemed to come right after a good defensive play by Grundy.
     "We’ve got to make plays when we get a chance to make plays," Grundy coach Greg Rowe said. "Either the back doesn’t hit the hole or turn up (field) soon enough, or we drop a pass.
     "We’d make two or three good plays on defense and then give up a big play. The last two weeks we’ve just played two pretty good teams that we can’t do a lot with right now."

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Castlewood Rallies to Post 19-7 Non-District Win Over Panthers

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter

     Twin Valley took its first lead all season, and it took a lead into the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough as Castlewood rallied for a 19-7 win over the Panthers Friday night at Castlewood High School.
      A 17-yard touchdown run by Ben Hale and a 73-yard scamper by Matt Phillips helped the Blue Devils overcome a 7-6 deficit in the final period. Phillips finished with 213 yards on 15 carries, including a 46-yard TD run in the second quarter.
     Wyatt Justus ran for 106 yards on 27 carries and scored a touchdown for Twin Valley (0-3). Justus’s one-yard scoring run and an extra point kick by Hank Keen staked the Panthers to a 7-6 lead in the second period.
    "Wyatt ran good," Twin Valley coach Charlie Vandyke said. "Garrett Horne played a real good ballgame.
     Chris Campbell had three fumble recoveries and Matthew Baldwin played well.
     "And we didn’t make any mistakes on special teams like we had been. We definitely played the best ballgame we’ve played so far. We looked more like what I thought we would. The kids played as hard as I’ve seen them all year."
      Horne made 13 tackles and intercepted a pass on defense as Twin Valley kept Castlewood’s outstanding running game in check until the fourth quarter.
     Baldwin led Twin Valley receivers with four catches for 67 yards.
      A key penalty here and a turnover there, however, prevented the Panthers from adding to their lead.
     "Offensively, we were inside the (Castlewood) 20-yard line three times and didn’t get anything out of it,"
      Vandyke said. "We had an off-sides penalty one time and an interception another time. That really hurt."
      Phillips and Shane McCall each had 12 tackles for Castlewood (3-1). The Panthers forced four fumbles and five turnovers overall. Twin Valley turned it over four times.


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