Football: Jefferson Forest repays GW-Danville, remains unbeaten

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The Cavaliers notch a statement win over the Eagles

By Denton Day

By: Denton Day
Sports Editor


It has long been tradition for the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers student section–the Hype Platoon–to storm the field following a Cavalier win. You’d be hard pressed to find a more energetic storming than what took place following Jefferson Forest’s 27-21 comeback victory over the GW-Danville Eagles.


Last season it was the Cavaliers’ own defense that cost Jefferson Forest a number of games, including a 57-56 loss against GW-Danville. On Friday, it was the defense that saved the game.


Leading 27-21 with less than three minutes to go the Cavaliers forced the Eagles into a third-and-nine.  Eagles quarterback Carlos Poole had a wide-open receiver over 40 yards away in the end zone. Poole launched the ball high in the air. As the ball floated in the atmosphere and the hearts of the Cavaliers’ coaching staff and fans began to sink Josh Harris turned on the jets and got there just in time to break up the pass and seal the game for Jefferson Forest.


“I saw he was open and I ran as fast as I could to get to him,” Harris said. “I gotta hit it down.”


The Cavaliers running attack stood out once again. The combination of Keenan Cupit and Marvin Blake are going to give the Eagles’ players and coaches nightmares for days to come.


“We remembered that loss from last year,” Cupit said. “I know [Marvin] has my back and I have his back. We’re a load to takedown.”


Marvin Blake busted off a 62-yard run on, what would become, the Cavaliers’ go-ahead scoring drive and put Jefferson Forest in the red zone. The Cavaliers faced a fourth-and-goal down 21-19 with less than five minutes left to play.


Cupit, who had already scored twice, and Blake, who had already scored once, each lined up in the backfield. But rather than handing it to either of the two dominant backs Head Coach Bob Christmas trusted his quarterback and called a play-action.


Nathan Pribble sold the play beautifully, pulling the ball back in perfect time to connect with Revely Keesee for the go-ahead touchdown. Blake converted the two-point attempt and for the first time all night Jefferson Forest took a lead, 27-21 with 4:40 left to play.


“We had been running off tackle and they were geared up to stop it,” Christmas said. “So I thought a play fake at them there would be able to get in behind them.”



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The Cavaliers held the lead the rest of the way to avenge last season’s loss to the Eagles. Cupit rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and Blake ran for 139 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.


Jefferson Forest now moves to 3-0 on the season, outscoring opponents 119-46.


“I think this is a huge statement to the rest of Virginia to  let them know we’re coming,” Harris said.


The Cavaliers will be on a bye next week but take the field again when they host Bedford County and Seminole District rival Liberty on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m.