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Lord Bot outmuscles Eagles, 20-3

By Mike Forster

  The hot Bots got lots of shots.

As a result, the Lord o' Botetourt waltzed off with a 20-3 win over visiting Staunton River.

Those shots came in the form of Lord Bot possessing the ball nearly twice as long as their Eagle counterparts.

The Cavs made the most of it, throwing running back Chris Thompson into the fray 41 times.  Thompson responded by churning out 259 rushing yards.

River, on the other hand, could not respond with that kind of firepower.

Thompson also scored all three touchdowns for the Cavs, each of them coming as the crowning blow of long, sustained drives.

Staunton River had its best chance toward the end of the first half.  Trailing 6-0, the Eagles used their two-minute offense to drive inside the Bots' 10 yard line.

An illegal procedure penalty and a paucity of time on the game clock had the Eagles settling for a 26-yard field goal by Adam Daponte.

"We wanted to make sure we got the points (going into halftime)," said Staunton River Head Coach Chuck Poston.

Regrettably, those were the last points the Eagles would be able to put on the board.  The Cavs contained River on its first possession of the second half, took over and marched in methodical fashion to a 12-3 lead.

Bot's final TD came midway through the final quarter with Thompson diving into the end zone to cap a 65-yard drive.  "We just ran out of gas," said Poston.

One play that might have taken a bit of gas out of the tank was when Deshawn Martin had a 67-yard run (down to the Cav 5 yard line) nullified because of a holding penalty.

River also had a long pass completion from Martin to Ramir Hunt in the fourth quarter called back for another holding penalty.

When asked to identify any bright spots from the loss, Poston pointed to the play of outside linebackers Paul Williams and Malik Claytor and lineman Sam Goode, though he noted that the whole team gave great effort.