For a long time, Dan River football has been known to be a running team. However, “Air Ringgold” took off last week against Chatham and continued this past Friday as the Wildcats faced William Campbell on the Generals’ homecoming night. Junior quarterback Tracy Glass had a career night as he threw for 329 yards and five touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 45-20 victory over William Campbell. The Wildcats ended the night with 400 yards of offense, with the majority of that coming through the air.

The Wildcats (4-2, 2-0 Dogwood) marched down the field on their opening drive as Glass threw his first TD, a six-yard pass to BJ Averett and Ethan Lewis’s PAT put up DR 7-0. WC responded on their next drive as Jordan Young broke off a 65 yard run for a touchdown. Dan River would stop the conversion attempt to hold a slim 7-6 lead.  DR’s defense would come up with a turnover as they stripped General quarterback Jeremiah Smith at the 45. A few plays later, Glass would connect with Robert Carter on a short pass – where he crossed the field, avoided multiple defenders, and scored a touchdown from 32 yards out to make it 14-6 after a quarter.

Dan River’s second quarter was highlighted by a pair of quick strikes through the air. On their first series of the second quarter, Tracy Glass dropped back and found Robert Carter deep in the secondary for a 57-yard touchdown as the lead grew to 21-6. The Wildcats halted WC’s next drive as linebacker Owen McMillin would cause Jordan Young to fumble and Jorden Price quickly recovered the ball at the Wildcats’ own 9. The very next play, Glass launched a pass just shy of the goal line and Carter got behind the defenders to catch it at the 40 and scamper untouched the rest of the way for a 91-yard touchdown as Dan River held a commanding 28-6 lead. Young would make up for that fumble on the next series as he broke off a 25-yard run for a touchdown, but Dan River still led 28-12 at halftime.

After forcing the Generals to punt on the opening drive of the second half and taking over on their own 10, it took just three plays to reach the end zone. Glass hit tight end Zavihian Durant on a 35-yard play to get the Wildcats close to midfield. Ethan Lewis would take it the rest of the way as the senior kicker/punter/receiver caught a pass, faked out a pair of defender in route to a 56-yard touchdown – Glass’s fifth of the game as the lead grew to 35-12. 

Lewis would score again in the fourth quarter via his foot, booting a 39-yard field goal. The Generals gave one final rally after a kickoff return put them in Wildcat territory. WC would make it a 38-20 game as Jeremiah Smith hit Re’Shawn Stevens on a screen pass and he broke it for a 38-yard score.  The Wildcats would run down the clock and end the night with their lone rushing score as Nasir Coles converted a fourth-and-one play and kept going for a score from 20 yards out.

Tracy Glass ended the night 11-for-20 passing with 329 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also eclipsed the 1,000-yard passing mark this season. Robert Carter finished the night with a career-high 214 receiving yards on five catches and three touchdowns. He also had eight tackles and an interception on defense. BJ Averett had four catches for 30 yards and a score, Zavihian Durant had three catches for 40 yards, and Jorden Price had a catch. Ethan Lewis was 6-for-6 on extra points, had four kickoffs that resulted in touchbacks, and had a touchdown reception. 

Defensively, Jordon Richardson had nine tackles, Taevian Morrison had eight tackles and recovered a fumble, and DaTaevion Robertson had seven tackles against the Generals. Nasir Coles and Owen McMillin each caused a fumble, Jalil Deshazor recovered a muffed punt, and Jeremiah McLaughlin had a sack.

The Wildcats will host Nelson County on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will be celebrating homecoming and facing the Governors for the first time since 2016, when they stopped playing a district schedule.

 

Volleyball

Dan River’s volleyball team won two out of three matches last week. The Wildcats made the short trip to Danville to take on George Washington. The Wildcats would take the first two sets easily 25-12 and 25-9; however, the Eagles would hang around and upset DR in the third set 25-23. Dan River and GW played another close set in the fourth before the Wildcats prevailed 25-18.  Rebekah Stowe had 16 kills and three blocks while Emily McVay had 11 kills. Riley Nuckles had 15 assists, Sky Hudgins had 11 aces, and libero Madison Newman had 10 digs.

The Wildcats overcame fall behind a set twice to win a five-set match over Altavista on Tuesday. Match scores were: 14-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-21, and 15-3. The serving game of Emily McVay was crucial for the Wildcats as they built up a huge lead in the fifth set. McVay had 10 aces while Rebekah Stowe had17 kills and 13 blocks. Riley Nuckles finished with 21 assists and had 12 digs, while Madison Newman had eight digs.

Dan River ended the week with a 3-0 road loss at Gretna. The Wildcats lost by the scores of 25-10, 25-15, and 25-14. Rebekah Stowe had four kills and three blocks while Emily McVay had four kills and a block. Riley Nuckles had nine assists and eight digs, Madison Newman added in eight digs, and Sky Hudgins and Chloe Pearson each had an ace.

The Lady Wildcats will next be at Chatham on October 10 as they start the second half of Dogwood District play.

 

JV Volleyball

The Lady Wildcats opened their week with a 2-0 victory over GW, which scores being 25-7 and 25-13. It was a complete team victory as Kortni Fitz paced Dan River with four aces and three kills. Madison Satterfield had five assists and four aces, Jenna Fletcher had four digs and two aces, and Kaylee Atkinson.  Amber Bevins and Brittany Hicks each had a kill, while Zoey Griffin and Nyla Walters each had an ace and a dig.

Dan River ended the week on a sour note, dropping a pair of Dogwood District matches to Altavista and Gretna respectively. The Wildcats were edged out by Altavista, falling 25-23 and 28-26 after nearly forcing a third-set tiebreaker. Brittany Hicks had four kills while Sierra Silvey (three blocks) and Amber Bevins each had three kills. Bevins, Kaylee Atkinson, and Olivia Morris each had two aces, with Atkinson tallying 12 digs. Madison Satterfield had all 10 of the Wildcats’ assist. On Thursday evening, they suffered a 2-0 road loss at Gretna by the scores of 25-14 and 25-22. Hicks finished with two aces and 10 digs, while Makenzie Hollie and Kaylee Atkinson each had 13 digs for the Wildcats. 

Golf

Dan River’s golf season came to an end at the 2019 Region 2C tournament at The Old Course at The Homestead in Hot Springs. Giles defeated Radford by two strokes 334 to 336 to win the region title, while Floyd County’s Tyler Williams was the medalist of the region with a score of 76. Williams, Fort Chiswell’s Sam Van Dyne and Glenvar’s Avery Alexander qualified for states as individuals.

The Wildcats placed seventh with a team score of 382. Senior Landon Gammon carded an 85, finishing two spots out of qualifying individually for the state tournament. Freshman Cooper Terry and sophomore Hayden Scolpini each scored 97, while sophomore Nolan Nuckles had a round of 99. Juniors Dalen Robertson (105) and Dawson Oakes (118) each competed despite having rainfall dampen the festivities.

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