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Cavs pound Turner Ashby to go 4-0

By Mike Forster

  It's not surprising that Jefferson Forest beat Turner Ashby Friday night.

Nor is it stunning to learn that the win pushed the Cavs to an overall mark of 4-0.

What is surprising, however, is that JF amassed 55 points in posting the win.  Our records tell us this is the first time this century that any Cav team has put up that many points in a game.  At any level, that's a bunch.

While that scoring stat is impressive, here's one that might be even more so:  Four tilts into the season, JF now has three running backs that have rushed for over 100 yards in a game.

This time, the man with the gaudy numbers was David Aveson.  The junior shredded the Knights for 192 yards on 25 carries.  For those keeping score at home, that works out to nearly eight yards a haul.

Oh yeah, Aveson added three touchdowns.

That performance puts Aveson in the lofty company of Michael Foster and Jesse Stevens, each of whom have rushed for 100 yards at least once this season.

Lest you think that Forest was all about the run, Ryan Crist launched 16 passes, completing 11 of them.  They were good for 224 yards, averaging over 20 yards per completion.

With Turner Ashby using its safeties to bird dog the JF tight ends, Crist's completions went exclusively to his two favorite receivers.  Dominique Royal nabbed eight balls for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Royal, who also had an 88-yard kickoff return to set up another touchdown, played the game, as he has all season, with a cast on his hand.

Though it's reported Royal will be clear to play without it next week, why remove the cast?  "He's so good with one hand," marvelled JF Head Coach Don Rice.

The other JF receiver who got things going was Cody Lovejoy.  He snagged three Crist passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Crist added a rushing touchdown, diving into the end zone from a few inches out, the table set by a few bruising runs by Stevens.

"We mixed it up pretty well," note Rice.  That seemed hard to avoid as his Cavs racked up 458 total yards:  224 in the air and 234 on the ground.

Truly, between Crist, Aveson, Stevens, Foster (when he gets healthy), Royal and Loveday, the Knights didn't know who to try and stop.

But the guy that future JF foes are going to have to keep an eye on might be Chris Tidwell.

The sophomore lineman kept himself in the running to be JF's top scorer this season. For the second week in a row, Tidwell scored a defensive touchdown.  While last week he merely had to pounce on a loose ball in the end zone, against Turner Ashby, he scooped up a loose ball (made so by Colby Tomlinson).  Tidwell then showed it's not always the fastest guy that outruns everyone else.  He blazed the 35 yards to paydirt in remarkable, if less than blazing, fashion.

The Cavs also got tremendous games from the guts of their defense.  Linebackers Garrett Neal and Jason Ayers, as well as defensive tackles Tidwell and Jacob Holt had notable games, plugging up the middle.

Neal led the way with 10 tackles and three sacks.  Ayers added five tackles and five assists.  Holt, who began the season on the JV, showed his appreciation for the call-up, making a pair of sacks.

While the defense did yield 410 yards, it should be noted that most of that yardage came off a handful of big plays by Turner Ashby.


Game notes

-JF put up 28 first quarter points, 21 of which came as a direct result of TA turnovers.

-David Jacobs connected on his first seven PAT attempts.  The eighth was blocked.  Jacobs, truly the Swiss Army knife of this team, kicks off, placekicks, punts, plays defensive end and can plug in at quarterback.  

-True, the combined records of the teams JF has beaten so far is 3-10.  But, it should also be noted that Bassett, which was easily dispatched by the Cavs two Fridays ago, came within a stopped PAT run of topping world-beater Christiansburg.

-JF's mark of 4-0 matches last year's start.  The Cavs wound up finishing the 2011 regular season 8-2.