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The Staunton River Golden Eagles came to the fight with a few swords, their fists and a whole lot of grit.
Jefferson Forest, on the other hand, brought a bazooka, a howitzer, a tank and a couple of bulldozers.
The Cavs used their superior armory to advantage, blasting the host Rivermen to the tune of 56-13.
The blitzkrieg, it would seem, had come to Moneta.
From the opening kickoff to the closing whistle, the Cav offense moved with precision and, most importantly, speed.
For the first time in a long time, JF won the coin flip and decided to receive. The Cavs almost always defer when they win the flip.
The strategy was simple: Keep Staunton River's ball-control offense off the field while treating the Eagle defense to some speed-ball.
Utilizing their no-huddle pistol offense, the Cavs shifted into hyper-drive, reeling off plays seconds after the previous ones had terminated. Quarterback Ryan Crist led a 12-play scoring drive which concluded with Michael Foster hitting the end zone on a three-yard plunge. The dozen plays took less than three and a half minutes.
"I thought my guys were flat before the game," said JF Head Coach Don Rice. "I guess I was wrong."
The Cavs were so dynamic, even the chain gang had trouble keeping up with the march. Statisticians, stadium announcers, photographers and sports reporters were left gasping for air. Imagine how the River defenders felt.
They felt even worse when they looked to the sideline and saw a bunch of injured fellows out of uniform, including backs Deshawn Martin, Quannie Blake and tackle Coty Holt.
The Cavs seemed to show little concern for feelings. They kept their foot squarely on the gas pedal throughout a first half that ended with JF on top, 49-7.
"I feel comfortable with the no-huddle," said Crist. "The key is just knowing what to do and executing."
And execute they did: The Cavs got the ball seven times during that first half. They scored all seven times. Following a drive-killing fumble by Staunton River, Cameron Miller chugged in from 14 yards away, to make it 14-0.
But the heartbreakers came from David Aveson. The speedy junior scored on runs of 38 and 77 yards, to give the Cavs a 28-0 lead
Aveson took advantage of weak containment by the Staunton River defense, turning the corner on both runs to find pasture so wide open it would have made Elsie the Cow weep with joy.
River finally got on the board after Ramir Hunt returned Matthew Crider's kickoff 82 yards to the JF 16. From there, upback Jakob Divers tossed a 15-yard TD pass to a diving Marcus Brown to make it 28-7.
The last three JF touchdowns of the half were supplied by Aveson on another sweep and by Foster, who found his way into the end zone unimpeded on his seven- and three-yard dives.
The second half began with the mercy rule in place. This rule kicks in whenever a team is ahead by 35 points, or more, any time after the intermission.
Basically, the game clock runs without stopping for events such as incompleted passes or ballcarriers running out of bounds.
The other development in the second half was the insertion of most of JF's second-stringers, quite early in the third quarter, following Miller's second score of the game.
River was able to piece together a solid, 79-yard drive that culminated in Hunt's two-yard plunge to paydirt.
-In Rice's 9 previous years at the helm, JF teams have posted 50 or more points exactly once. They have now done so in the first two games of the season.
-The team was dealing with the recent death of classmate Isaac Johnson. "A good friend passed away, and we pulled together," noted linebacker Jesse Stevens.
-Although he didn't show up big in the stats, Kamden BeCraft's move to free safety was big, as he directed operations from the backfield.
-A key play in the game came late in it. Defensive back Joey Deffner's interception helped show anyone scouting the team not to take its pass defense lightly.
-Aveson picked up 186 yards (nine carries), while Foster (16/137) and Miller (8/123) helped the Cavs amass 494 rushing yards.
-The defense was led by David Ayers (7 solo tackles) and Peyton Woodall (5).