Football: Cavaliers can't be stopped

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Jefferson Forest uses 44-0 run to remain unbeaten

By Denton Day

By: Denton Day
Sports Editor

Teams that go on 44-0 runs do not lose. They just do not. Check every record book you can get your hands on, or don’t, because teams that go on 44-0 runs do not lose games.

After trailing a majority of the game against winless Amherst County (0-6) the Cavaliers added another jaw dropping accomplishment to a season that is already filled with many. Jefferson Forest scored six unanswered touchdowns–and converted two, two-point conversions–as part of a 44-0 run to defeat Amherst County 66-43.

On paper, the game should have been a cake walk for the Cavaliers. Entering Friday night Amherst had scored just 43 points all season.

The Cavaliers started with the ball and quickly marched down to the Lancers’ goal line. Faced with a fourth down inside the 5-yard line the Cavaliers left the offense on the field but the Lancers defense stood tall.

On third down, with the ball at their own 3-yard line, the Lancers put the ball in the hands of Frank Ross. Ross took it 97 yards for the game’s first score. This game was different from the Lancers’ previous five.

Marvin Blake scored the first touchdown for Jefferson Forest, a 72-yard sprint to make the score 12-7 in favor of Amherst. Blake carried the ball 12 times and scored on a fourth of those carries–three times–and led Jefferson Forest with 218 yards.

The Cavaliers trailed by 20 in the final minute of the first half. Keenan Cupit made sure to give Jefferson Forest some momentum headed into the half. Cupit broke off a 52-yard scoring run to make the halftime score 27-15, in favor of Amherst.

Amherst’s largest lead, 43-22, came with five minutes left in the third quarter. From there the Cavaliers imposed their will on the Lancers.

Jefferson Forest scored a minute later and simply did not stop scoring. In about 17 minutes of game time action the Cavaliers went on a 44-0 run and scored over 60 points for the second week in a row.

Jacob Hackworth scored twice in the run, two of Blake’s three touchdowns came in the fourth quarter. Cupit scored again and Danteas Braxton recovered an Amherst fumble in the final minute to seal the deal for Jefferson Forest.

When it was all said and done, the Cavaliers fell one yard short of 600 total yards of offense.

Jefferson Forest’s next contest will be its toughest yet. On Friday, October 12 the Cavaliers travel to City Stadium in Lynchburg to take on E.C. Glass (5-1) in a showdown between two of the top teams in the Seminole District and in Region 4D.

The Hilltoppers’ lone loss came at the hands of cross-town rival Heritage three weeks ago. Since that loss Glass has outscored Brookville and Rustburg by a combined 72-14–the Hilltoppers shut out Brookville 35-0 handing the Bees their first loss of the year.

 E.C. Glass has allowed only 62 points all season. Jefferson Forest has scored 143 points in its last two games. The Cavaliers have had at least one rusher surpass 100 yards every game this season and had at least two players rush for over 100 yards in every game but one.

In order for the Cavaliers to beat the Hilltoppers that trend needs to continue. In addition, Jefferson Forest needs to avoid a slow start at all costs. If the Cavaliers can grab a quick lead and rattle the gameplan of the Hilltoppers there is a good chance Jefferson Forest remains undefeated by week’s end.

The game will kick off at 7 p.m. from City Stadium in Lynchburg.