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It may not have counted in the record book, but it sure made a positive mark on the faithful. And on the psyche of the guys in black.
Jefferson Forest pummelled Lord Botetourt in a benefit game held last Friday night at Sabre Stadium. In a battle of teams named “Cavaliers,” it was the lads of Forest who prevailed.
In fact, JF looked crisp in nearly every aspect of its game, topping the Tots of Bot, 33-0.
Quarterback Marcus Jones scored three touchdowns and looked to be in mid-season form, as he comfortably revved the Cav offensive engine.
The JF defense was mercilessly swarming, as it frustrated virtually anything Botetourt attempted to do.
Special teams shone with a brilliant luster. Kicker Dylan Sims set the stage by drilling the opening kickoff into the end zone for a touchback.
In fact, Sims would nail every one of his kickoffs, except one, for a touchback. The one that didn’t go for a touchback? It was pulled in on the one yard line, with the Cav kick-off team nailing the Bot return man on the 19 yard line. Not bad at all.
Sims also drilled a pair of field goals. One was from 21 yards and the other was from 27 yards out. Both had significant room to spare.
Lord Botetourt helped make the Jeff Forest punt return unit look superb.
In the second quarter, Lord Bot had consecutive misplays on punting opportunities while deep in its own territory.
On both plays, it appeared that the deep snapper-punter connection could have been crisper.
As a result, on the first play, Alex Cox, Garrett Neal and Mikey Wallman collaborated to block the attempt by LB punter Caleb Quinn.
One play later, Jones danced his way through four would-be tacklers en route to a 12-yard touchdown run, and a 16-0 lead.
On the next LB punt opportunity, the ball bounced toward Quinn, who had trouble fielding it. He tried to boot the ball out of the end zone, but to no avail.
Instead, Neal smothered the ball in the end zone. Afterwards, he held it aloft, bellowing a war cry as the scoreboard rang up a 23-0 Jeff Forest lead, with a full minute to play in the first quarter.
For all intents and purposes, this game was over even though there were three full quarters of football left to play.
Jones would cap off a long JF drive with another dash to the end zone toward the end of the third quarter, to ring up the final score.
The final stanza saw both teams’ second squads getting some experience, while the older hands caught a breather.
-Neal also recovered a Lord Bot fumble on the opening series of the game.
-LJ White’s first quarter interception set up Sims’s first field goal. That pick came on a long heave downfield by LB quarterback Will Cline.
-Tight end Ryan Gingrich appeared to be Jones’s favorite target. Gingrich’s most productive play came, however, when he nabbed a tipped ball, rumbling 53 yards to set up Sims’s second field goal.
-Attendance was spotty, due to both school not being in session, and the Amherst-LCA game taking place down the road.