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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 3, 2016 Castlewood wins over Twin Springs 7, ;in conference ," play -% ; BY ANTHONY STEVE.NS " CASTLEWOOD, Va. =: In a thrilling close to the regular season, the Lady ~)~evils outlasted Twin Springs 25-18, 21-25, 25- 18, 24-26, 15-12 in Cumberland Conference play on Tuesday. Castlewood celebrated sen- tor night with a win that elided a five-game losing streak and gave them some ~nomentum for the tourna- ment that was scheduled to tmgin on Monday. Each of the five sets were close in the marathon between the two evenly matched teams. The two clubs had gone five sets at Twin Springs with the Titans coming out on top in that one. ' ~ "It was tough at times, but it was really exciting," Said Lindsey Taylor one of five seniors on the C~astlewood roster. "We iglayed hard and got through it, I'm glad we ~vere able to pull out the victory" , Taylor was outstanding on the back row, finishing with 14 digs and 18 service points including three aces. She had some critical p6ints from the service line .e~'pecially late in the third Set. .., "I always try to serve like I do in practice," T, iylor said. "We work on our serves every day, I just concentrate on serving tl{em in. I don't think about aces, I just serve." Another senior had a big night. Sydney Strange was a force all over the floor with 11 kills and 12 digs. Strange collected five of her kills in the first set to get the Blue Devils off to a fast start. "It was scary, I wasn't sure we were going to win it," said Strange. "But I had confidence in my team. We fought hard the entire night." Lillie Sanders served Castlewood (5-15, 2-8) to a 3-0 lead in the first set as they led from start to fin- ish. Lenora Dingus reeled off six straight points for the Titans to give them a boost at the start of the sec- ond set. Trailing 11-6, Strange had a push to bring Taylor to serve. With Taylor serving and Cassidy Fleming playing well up front the Devils scored the next 10 points to take the lead. But Kaitlyn Hubbard took over at the net for Twin Springs (5-15, 3-7) down the stretch and they took the second by four points to tie the match at one. The third set was tied five times and there were four lead-changes. The Devils took the lead at 14- 13 on a kill by .Strange and they never relinquished it, winning the set by seven points. With Dingus serv- ing and Hubbard pounding the ball up front the Titans went up 6-0 in the fourth set and Castlewood was never able to get the lead as it went to a fifth set. Dingus served three points to start the fifth aided by two kills by Hubbard, but when the Titans were called for get- ting in the net on the fourth point. Sanders had five consecutive points with two aces and a couple of blocks by Lauren Couch to take a 6-3 lead. The Devils Eastside @ Castlewood BY BL PETERS ,~Eastside 16 14 0 14 44 ~,'Castlewood 16 6 20 6 48 ~*1 st '~E - Tyler Adams 17 pass from Tyler Elam (Adams 41. from Elam) C - Josh Wood 42 run (Devin Phillips run) E = Matthew Sexton 12 pass from Elam (Adams pass ~om Elam) ,(2 - Cameron Blevins 20 pass from Wood (Wood run) [2nd ;E - Elam 4 run (pass fail) ~E - Garrett Whited 1 run (Elam run) C - Matt Amburgy 23 pass from Wood (pass fail) :3rd Phillips 16 run (Wood run) :C - Jack Ward 36 pass from Wood (run fail) :C - Wood 24 run (run fail) Sexton 80 fumble return (run fail) :C - Phillips 73 run (run fail) E - Elam 7 run (Whited run) Eastside Castlewood ',First Downs 14 14 :Rushes - Yards 47-213 33-294 ',Passing Yards 162 197 ',Total Offense 375 491 ~.Comp-Att-Int -10-18-1 9-20-0 ',Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1 'Punts-Avg 2-43.0 3-32.0 "Penalties-Yards 3-20 5-27 ~Rushing: .Castlewood - Josh Wood 17-174, Devin Phillips 11- 106, Jack Ward 1-7, #1 1-6, Cameron Blevins 3-1 "Eastside - Tyler Elam 27-169, Garrett Whited 16-40, 'son Whited 2-2, Matthew Sexton 2-2 Receiving: Castlewood - Matt Amburgy 5-87, Cameron Blevins 3-74, Jack Ward 1-36 Eastside - Matthew Sexton 5-97, Tyler Adams 5-65 Passing: ,Castlewood - Josh Wood 9-20-0, 197 yds Eastside - Tyler Elam 10-18-1, 162 yds Defense: Matthew Sexton 8 total (3 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD) Elam 8 total i Tyler Adams 7 total Burley Ball 8 total (3 TFL) Hunter Corder 6 total (2 TFL) Alex Hampton 7 total (2 TFL) gradually pulled away to a 14-7 advantage before an attack error, gave Twin Springs some momentum. The Titans came within two points, but a reverse hit went out of bounds to give Castlewood the match. "I knew ff would be a tough one," first-year Twin Spring coach Katie Jo Dockery said. "We fought but I guess not as hard as we needed to." Using a strong jump serve Dingus finished with 24 service points and also added 10 digs and seven kills. Hubbard totaled 26 kills and also had six blocks in a dominating dis- play on the frontline. Breanna Gullett was also strong at the net with 11 kills and two block. Olivia McCarty distributed the ball with 33 assists for the Titans. Summer Dockery led the defense with 24 digs. "Dingus serving and Hubbard up front is defi- nitely our best rotation," stated Dockery. "If we do well there we have a good game, if we get out of that quick we can struggle." Sanders had 15 service points with five aces and also dished out 33 assists. Couch added 11 kills and three blocks for the Blue Devils. '.'Getting this win feels good, it felt like a long time coming," said Castlewood coach Kesha Rasnick. "We played hard, battled the entire night, made some adjustments and talked. I was just really proud of all the girls." Blue Devils over Eastside 48-44 BY ANTHONY STEVENS CASTLEWOOD, Va. - In the wildest game of the year at B.C. White Stadium, the Blue Devils defeated arch rival Eastside 48-44 in an offensive shootout on Friday: The teams combined for 871 yards of total offense, plus scoring a combined 92 points. "I thought it was a game of two halve.s," said Castlewood coach Darrell Taylor. "Eastside picked up most of their rushing yards in the first half, we made some pretty good adjust- ments in second half. "I'm tickled to death, Castlewood seniors (L-R): Lindsey Taylor, Sydney Strange, Cassidy Fleming, Autumn Hall and Stevens this guaranteed us a win- ni.ng season. Eastside has some athletes; they are about as quick as anyone we've faced." It was another stellar night for the Blue Devils quarterback Josh Wood. The senior threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more. Coming off an ankle injury, Wood carried 16 times for 169 yards and completed 9-of- 18 passes for 198 yards. Devin Phillips carried 11 times for 126 yards and scored a pair of TDs for Castlewood. Tyler Elam led Eastside with 28 carries for 155 yards, scoring a pair of TDs and completing 10-of-17 passes for 159 yards and two TDs. The Spartans were up 30-16 in the second quar- ter,. but Castlewood scored four consecutive touch- downs. Wood tossed a 22- yard touchdown pass to Matt Amburgey as the Blue Devils closed the gap to 30-22 with two seconds left before halftime. "I feel that gave us some confidence that we could be explosive, we just had to stay the course and perse- vere," Ta#lor Said. "We~ stuck with the plan. "We got a little rattled in the first quarter. After we settled down we were more focused." Castlewood then reeled off three scores in the third quarter. Devin Phillips scored on a 16-yard run and Wood added the two- point conversion to tie the contest at 30. Jack Ward hauled in a 36-yard TD pass from Wood. Wood then scrambled for a 24- yard TD to give the Blue Devils a 42-30 lead. Eastside's Matthew Sexton then picked up, a fumble after a bad snap and raced 86-yards for a score to pull the Spartans within 42-36. Devin Phillips answered with a 73-yard TD scamper for what proved to be the winning margin. Elam closed out Morgan Wallace. Photo by Anthony Sydney Strange with a spike as Kaitlyn Hubbard blocks for Twin Springs. Photo by Anthony Stevens the scoring with a seven- yard run for Eastside (2-8). The Blue Devils fin- ished the regular season with a 6-4 overall record, their first winning season since 2012. They will enjoy a bye week and then participate in the lA West football playoffs. "If you take a look at the~ people we've lost to, most of them have had very suc- cessful seasons," said Taylor. "We set some goals at the beginning of. the year. We wanted to have winning season, win the district and make the play- offs. Looking back the sea- son could have been better, but I'm very pleased with where we are at. We dou- bled our win total from last year, we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the playoffs." Castlewood 48,Eastside 44 Eastside 16 14 0 14--44 castlewood 16 6 20 6--48 First Quarter EAST--Adams 17 pass from Elam (Adams from Elam) CAS--Wood 42 run (Phillips run) EAST--Sexton 12 pass from Elam (Adams from Elam) CAS--Blevins 20 pass from Wood (Wood run) Second Quarter EASTmEIam 4 run (pass failed) EAST--Whited 1 run (Elam run) CAS--Amburgey 22 pass from Wood (pass failed) Third Quarter CAS--Phillips 16 run (Wood run) CAS--Ward 36 pass from Wood (run failed) CAS--Wood 24 run (run failed) Fourth Quarter EAST--Sexton 86 fumble return (run failed) CAS--Phillips 73 run (run failed) EAST--Elam 7 run (Whited run) EAST CAS First downs 16 20 Total Net Yds 375 496 Rushes-yds 49-216 33-298 Passing 159 198 Comp-Att-Int 10-17-1 9-18-0 Punts 2-43 3-32 Fumbles-Lost3-2 2- l Penalties-Yds 2-20 5-26 Blue Devils over Eastside BY SETH BOYD The Eastside Spartans and Castlewood Blue Devils went into Friday's game with the intention of earning their spots in the playoffs. 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