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Staunton River entertains Alleghany for homecoming

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By Mike Forster

Staunton River will seek out its first win of the season when it hosts Alleghany this Friday night at the Eagles' nest.

River (0-5, 0-2 District) hope to break its 20-game losing streak, which extends back to the middle of the 2006 season.

Alleghany might very well take the form of the Eagles' best shot at that goal. The Mountaineers are off to a less-than-stellar start, standing at 2-3 midway through the season. The team, however, has won its last two starts, over Covington and Bath County.

In the Covington win, Skyler Keene racked up 132 yards on just 16 carries. Additionally, the Mountaineers forced three safeties.

Earlier in the season, Alleghany was topped by Cave Spring, 28-20. The Knights also beat Staunton River, 28-6.

Alleghany is coming off a bye week, giving it extra time to prep for the Eagles.

Last season, Alleghany handily beat the Staunton River, 40-15, on its home turf. That victory was only one of many highlights for the Mountaineers, as they qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1988, with a 6-5 record.

While Alleghany lost the vast majority of its starters from that team, it does return some key players. In particular, quarterback Ryan Kessinger will get another crack at River. Last year, the slight Kessinger (145 pounds) had a field day, running for two touchdowns and passing for another three as the Mountaineers posted 22 unanswered fourth quarter points to ice the game.

Staunton River quarterback Cody Jones had one of his best games of last season when he racked up 131 passing yards on Alleghany.

The Eagles should get used to seeing Alleghany. The Mountaineers are a member of the Blue Ridge, the district Staunton River is migrating to starting next school year.

The game will also serve as the centerpiece of the Staunton River homecoming festivities.