Staunton River closes out season with loss to Alleghany

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30-9 defeat in Low Moor

By Mike Forster


It's about a two hour bus ride from Alleghany High School to Staunton River.

After absorbing a 30-9 drubbing at the hands of the Mountaineers, however, that ride can seem like an eternity.

The Staunton River Eagles pulled the curtain on their 2013 season on the fields of Low Moor, falling to the Mountaineers, 30-9.

"It was definitely a hard night," said Staunton River Head Coach Chuck Poston, who endured the loss even as his team piled up more yardage than the Mountaineers and won the time of possession battle.

Neither of those categories, alas, necessarily translates into a "W."

There was little of a tangible nature on the line.  Neither team had a shot of making the post-season regardless of the outcome of the game.  The only things that were in play were a) fourth place in the Blue Ridge District and b) pride in how to close out a less-than-satisfactory season.

Staunton River's seniors also had a chance to beat the Mountaineers for a fourth-straight time, while their Alleghany peers had the opportunity to avoid that ignominy.

In the end, it was the Mountain men who prevailed, riding the strength of their backup quarterback and a slew of Staunton River miscues and misadventures.

The game got off to a bittersweet start for the Eagles.  On their first series, they found themselves on the Mountaineer four yard line following Deshawn Martin's speedy dash off tackle.

Instead of cashing in for the quick touchdown, however, the Eagles were called for holding on the next play.

Unable to punch it into the end zone, the Rivermen settled for Adam DaPonte's 24-yard field goal.

Alleghany responded immediately with a quick drive of its own.  Halfback Daniel Unroe's 47 yard scamper gave the Mountaineers a 7-3 edge, a lead that was never in jeopardy.

In a second quarter best forgotten (at least from the Eagles' perspective), Alleghany scored another two touchdowns.  

One of those was a scoring pass from Kendall Kessinger, who normally lines up at wide receiver.  Because of an injury to long-time signal caller Nick Ferrell, however, Kessinger was pressed into duties for the team's last couple of games.

He acquitted himself well against the Eagles, going nine-for-13, and 110 yards.

River didn't help its own cause, however.  It allowed a blocked punt, which set up the Mountaineers deep in River country.  Additionally, the Eagles allowed the 'Neers to pull off not one, but two faked PAT kicks, which netted Alleghany an additional four points.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," noted Poston, who saw several long drives untracked by errors, until Martin scored the final TD of the night.