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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, October 20, 2016 Titans win over Spartans BY SETH BOYD *~ The Eastside Spartans !and the Twin Springs Titans both went into Friday night's game with plans to bring home a con- ~erence win. The game was [illed with tremendous ie~fort from both teams, but the Titans brought home ~he win 48-24. The Spartans and the Titans both had success rushing "~e ball. The Spartans had ~.~34 yards and the Titans ~ffad 262 yards. The Titans Pioneers. Castlewood (5-3)lofted a 60-yard scoring had won three games in a strike to Long on a fade row, while the Pioneers had pattern up the left sideline lost their last five. On the with just over seven min- Blue Devils first offensive utes left in the game. Stoots play of the game, after fak- completed three passes all ing a jet sweep, Wood to Long for 117 yards handed the ball to running gained. back Devin Phillips. The "Me and Coy have senior broke a couple tack- always been close, we les and then raced up the grew up together," Long field for a 95-yard touch- said. "This is my first year down. It didn't seem to of playing football, so faze Lebanon, they showed we're still trying to work a lot of resilience, the kinks out. I feel we're "These guys are amaz- getting better and better ing," Lebanon wide receiv- each game." er Ben Long said. "It was a Dillon had another great "punch to the gut, that first performance. The work- play, going 95 yards, horse tailback rushed for "We just looked at each 157 yards. Phillips led the ~an credit their win to the other and said, we have to Blue Devils with 120 yards brush it off and keep going, on the ground, with 95 '!mmber of passing yards. We just knew we were coming on the opening ~e Titans had 244 passing going to win this game.'play. :yards compared to the . After their first two pos- The Pioneers will stay ~Spartans -1 passing yard. sessions, the Pioneers only at home as they host ~Some key players from had one first down and hadVirginia High on Friday. Friday's game include the Titans' Holden McNew ~who had 3 touch downs -b~efore half-time, and also ~the Spartans' Hunter ~Corder who had 8 tackles. Lebanon over Castlewood 31-14 ANTHONY STEVENS LEBANON, Va. - With the mythical Russell County football champi- onship on the line the Pioneers came out on top. Lebanon now has a 12- game winning streak against the Blue Devils after a 31-14 win at Harry Stuart Field on Friday. Castlewood last defeated Lebanon in 1987. The Pioneers last beat both Castlewood and Honaker in the 1995 season. The Lebanon and Castlewood teams went 17 years (1996- 2012) without playing. . "We were playing for the county championship," Lebanon coach Phil Henley said. "We had something to ,play for tonight. I was proud of my kids, very proud of them." Playing against athletic senior quarterback Josh Wood, the Lebanon defense performed well. Wood a dual-threat was held to 38 rushing yards on -15 attempts, less than three yards a carry. Wood was 5- of-17 passing for 79 yards. Seth Stanley had a huge night defensively for the pioneers with nine tackles. Daulton Snead and Josh Witt added six tackles each. ,~ "We didn't do a verly i good job up front to buy ihim any time," Castlewood !coach Darrell Taylor said. !"When Josh did have some time, we had some oppor7 itunities. Lebanon was able '~to control the line of scrim- i mage most of the night." It appeared early it ~,would be anything but a '~homecoming win for the punted the ball twice. But the offense got in gear after taking over on the Castlewood 42 after a punt. On the first play, Walker Dillon had a 36-yard run to set up a four-yard TD run from Cole Stoots. Dillon booted the extra point for a 7-6 advantage with 4:40 to play in the first quarter and Lebanon never trailed agairL "The kids were pumped up tonight and they haven't been the last couple of weeks," Henley said. "We played with intensity and they believed in them- selves. They knew they could come out and do this." Lebanon (2-5) obtained some breathing room early in the second quarter. On a 3rd-and-17, Wood passed and the ball was tipped by a defensive lineman and grabbed by freshman Logan Smith who turned it into a 'pick six' with a 25- yard interception return. Dillon also booted a 23- yard field goal and the Pioneers were up 17-6 at half time. Their first possession in the second half resulted in another score for Lebanon, going 66 yards in eight- plays. Big plays in the drive were a 12-yard rush by Dillon and a 28-yard pass from Coy Stoots to Ben Long. Coy Stoots then punched it into the end zone on a one-yard quarter- back keeper. The Blue Devils closed the gap when Jack Ward blocked a Lebanon punt. Wood then threw a 19-yard TD pass to Cameron Blevins. Wood added the two-point conversion to pull within 24-14 late in the third quarter. "We hung in there," said Taylor. 'Tm proud of our fight. We didn't quit and I was pleased with that. "It was just execution at times. Giving up the deep ball hurt us." The Pioneers final score came when Coy Stoots The Blue Devils will host J.I. Burton in a contest that has huge implications in the Cumberland Conference. "There is still a lot to play for," Taylor said. "We have to put this one behind us and focus on J.I. Burton and see what happens." Lebanon 31, Castlewood 14 Castlewood6 0 8 0---14 Lebanon 7 10 7 7--31 First Quarter CAS--Phillips 95 run (run failed) LEB----Cole Stoots 4 run (Dillon kick) Second Quarter -LEB--Smith 25 intercep- tion return (Dillon kick) LEB--FG Dillon 23 Third Quarter LEB--Coy Stoots 1 run (Dillon kick) CAS--Blevins 19 pass from Wood (Wood run) Fourth Quarter LEB~I_~ng 60 pass from Coy Stoots (Dillon kick) Lady Spartans over Lady Blue Devils BY ANTHONY STEVENS COEBURN, Va. - It did- n't take long for the Lady Spartans to keep pace in the Cumberland Conference. Eastside (13- 10, 7-1) stayed a game behind league leading Rye Cove, by defeating Castlewood 25-19, 25-15, 25-14 on Thursday. The Lady Spartans over- came a slow start in the first set. The Lady Devils took a quick 3-0 lead on three attack errors by Eastside. They slowly came back. Lacey Austin pounded a kill to pull them within one at 9-8 and Castlewood was called for being in the net to tie it. A Lady Devil error gave the Spartans a 10-9 advantage and they would never trail again winning the first by six points. "At the beginning I was- ~n't too happy, we were hit- ting too many balls out," Eastside coach Brianne Bailey said. "We also served too many balls out,. but once we calmed down and started hitting the ball in I thought we played well." Eastside scored points in bunches in the second set with runs of two, three, and seven as they went up 16-7. With Reiley McCoy and Kaylee Jones pounding the ball up front, Castlewood could never slow their momentum. The Spartans won the set by 10 points. The Spartans took the lead at 3-2 in the third set and never relinquished it. They only had one service error in the set and domi- nated up front as the rolled to the sweep. "Any time you can get a win in the's a good thing," said Bailey. "We keep constantly work- ing on new things. I try to work on some new things each set, so sometimes we look a little scattered and out of sync. But we want to be able to do some differ- ent things before the tour- nament rolls around." Lillie Sanders had five service points and eight assists for the Lady Devils. Lauren Couch added three kills. Autumn Hall (four digs) and Sydney Strange (three digs) led the Castlewood (4-13, 1-6) defense. "Eastside is a hard team to defend," said Castlewood coach Kesha Rasnick. "'My girls don't really expect teams to attack like they do and it's hard to react to it. "We need to communi- cate better. Our coverage was better tonight; we just need to keep working on that. We have to play together and play together the entire match. The girls are working hard and try- ing to get there in prac- tice." Jones (14 kills, 10 digs) and Austin (13 kills, 17 digs) led the Lady Spartans up front and on the back row. Wyrick finished with 18 digs. Lexi King was solid with five kills and 13 assists and Eliza Johnson also had 13 assists. "I'm seeing a lot of improvement, especially in our consistency," Bailey said. "It's taken us some time because I have a lot of girls playing different posi- tions. "I only have two girls playing the same position they did last year. It's taken us some time to get used to each other and the new positions. I think we're playing well right now." Eastside's Emily Moore Cassidy Fleming goes up Anthony Stevens attempts a kill as to block. Photo by Lady Spartans win two BY KATHRYN COURTNEY On October 11, 2016 the Lady Spartans played a Cumberland District game at home against Thomas Walker. The Lady Spartans ended the game in three sets with a Spartan victory, making their record 5-1. Another major victory for the lady Spartans was Hannah Wyrick getting her 1,000th dig. On October 13, 2016 the Lady Spartans played at home against Castlewood in a Cumberland District game. The game ended in three sets with the Spartans coming out with a great win. The Lady Spartans will be in action again on October 18, 2016 at Twin Springs against the Lady Titans for another District ganle. Twin Springs @ Eastside by BL PETERS Twin Springs 8 28 6 6 48 Eastside 0 0 0 116 24 1st TS - Holden McNew 30 pass from Justin Grizzle (Grizzle run) 2nd TS - McNew 17 run (Connor Burke pass from Grizzle) TS - McNew 6 run (run fail) rs -Ethan Hillman 60 pass from Grizzle (Hillman pass from Grizzle) E - Tyler Elam 7 run (Elam run) TS - Grizzle 8 run (pass fail) 3rd TS - Blake Holbrook 21 run (run fail) 4th E - Elam 12 run (Matthew Sexton pass from Elam) TS - Holbrook E - Elam 3 run 51 run (kick fail) (Grayson Whited run) Twin Springs Eastside First Downs 17 12 Rushes - Yards 41-262 40-234 Passing Yards 244 -1 Total Offense 506 233 Comp-Att-lnt 13-25-21-7-3 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 5-2 Punts-Avg 0-0 3-42.3 Penalties-Yards 5-35 4-35 Rushing- Twin Springs - Holden McNew 21- 128, Blake Holbrook 5-94, #44 3-25, Justin Grizzle 7-19 #1 1-1, #38 3-(-2), #15 1-(-3) Eastside - Tyler Elam 20-150, Grayson Whitec 4-55, Matthew Sexton 2-20, Garrett Whited 13-16, Tyler Adams 1-(-7) Receiving- Twin Springs #1 6-125, Hillman 3-66, Holden McNew 1-30, #20 1- ! 1, #33 1-8, #23 1-4 Eastside - Matthew Sexton 1-(- 1) Ethan Passing - Twin Springs - Justin Grizzle 12-24- 2, 233 yds, #24 1-1-0, 11 yds Eastside - Tyler Elam 1-7-3, (-1) yds Tackles: Hunter Corder 8 total (4 TFL) Amen Hylton 8 total Jordan Rasnick 6 total, 1 Int OF THE WEEK i Logan Smith goes Up for a pass as Jack Ward :defends for Castlewood. 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