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Staunton River showed patience and good sportsmanship Friday night.
The Golden Eagles also picked up their first win of the season, topping a hard-luck Patrick County crew, 48-21.
This one was pretty well decided in the first quarter, as River stormed out to a 27-0 lead in front of a wildly appreciative crowd at the Eagles' Nest.
With stellar tailback Chris Tyree sitting out this game (with an infected knee), Marcus Brown stepped into the role of burden bearer. The junior speedster looked quite comfortable, He looked especially at ease on the fourth play from scrimmage.
That's when the speedy junior took a handoff from Deshawn Martin, scooted around left tackle and blazed 50 yards into the end zone.
The Eagles then put up three touchdowns in less than two minutes. Martin snuck in from two yards out. After Eagle Paul Williams tackled the PatCo punter, Brown scored on the very next play.
Following another ineffective Cougar offensive series, martin kept on the option, scooting 38 yards to paydirt.
Brown tacked on a 20-yard touchdown sprint and Martin hit Brandon Weeks with a 44-yard bomb one play after Blake Green's interception.
That made if 41-0, with the mercy rule (non-stoppage of clock) in full force.
With Staunton River being merciful, playing mostly its second teamers, Patrick County would have none of it.
Tre Penn hit Patrick Turner for a 30-yard strike to finally put PatCo on the board near the end of the third quarter.
After Williams forced a Cougar fumble, Green (just up from JV), pounced on the loose fumble, setting the Eagles up deep in Cougar country. On first and goal, Jordan Mattox scooted in to make it 48-7.
After Penn engineered a nice drive, PatCo tried the on-sides kickoff.
In a show of class, instead of putting his first-teamers back in, though, River Head Coach Chuck Poston let it ride.
-Patrick County seemed to be doing its level best to keep its carbon footprint at a level only Al Gore could love.
The Cougars used a minimum of petrol, bringing only the team: no band; no cheerleaders. In fact, there were less than 40 fans on the Cougar side at kickoff.