Dan River had two quarterbacks throw for over 100 yards as the Wildcats took down Martinsville 32-12 on Saturday afternoon at Ed Greene Stadium. The Wildcats led 16-12 at halftime and proceeded to shut out the Bulldogs
The Wildcats took a 7-0 lead with 5:28 left in the first quarter as junior quarterback Tracy Glass connected with classmate Isaac Farmer on a 65-yard passing play. Dan River would benefit on a botched punt snap and take over at the Bulldogs’ 6-yard line. Glass would sneak it in two plays later as DR’s lead grew to 14-0. Martinsville would battle back and cut into that deficit as they scored on a 27-yard pass play, however the Wildcats blocked the extra point to make it a 14-6 game after a quarter. The Bulldogs nearly tied the game in the second quarter as running back Delvin Roberts broke a tackle and raced 51 yards. Again, the Bulldogs’ PAT would be blocked as the Wildcats held a slim 14-12 lead.
DR’s special team would set up the final score of the half as Ethan Lewis 49-yard punt was downed by Taevion Morrison at the 1. Malik Bethel would lead a defensive charge that sacked the Bulldog player in the end zone on the next play for a safety. On the next Wildcat series, a turnover nearly became disastrous as Martinsville intercepted an option pitch and returned in down to the Wildcats’ 7. However, Dan River’s defense back up the Bulldogs and Martinsville was called for holding, offensive pass interference, and a sack resulting in 3-and-Goal from the 46.
Cramping by Martinsville and penalties on both teams caused the third quarter to be extended. The Wildcats finally would get some breathing room as senior quarterback Jonathan Hairston led an 11-play 80-plus yard drive that concluded with a 13-yard touchdown run by Farmer. Robert Carter would put the game away for the Wildcats as he intercepted the pass in the end zone to halt the Bulldogs’ scoring chance. Two plays later, Hairston would hit Carter on a four-yard pass and he would make two defenders miss and outraced the Bulldogs 78 yards to make it a 30-12 contest. The Wildcats’ defense would score the final points in the contest as the Bulldogs fell on a fumble in their own end zone for a safety.
Tracy Glass was 9-of-18 on the day for 132 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a rushing score. Jonathan Hairston came in and went 6-for-9 for 118 yards and a touchdown. Isaac Farmer ran for one score and had and 65-yard touchdown reception, Robert Carter had five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, while Jorden Price had four catches for 49 yards Senior kicker/punter Ethan Lewis was a perfect 4-of-4 on extra points, but his punting game proved crucial for the Wildcats. Three of Lewis’s punts were down inside the Bulldogs’ 15, with two of them that pinned the Bulldogs back and resulted in two defensive safeties. Defensively, Jordon Richardson led the Wildcats with 13 tackles, Isaac Farmer tallied nine tackles, and Zavihian Durant and Jeremiah McLaughlin each had seven tackles.
The Wildcats (2-1) will return to Henry County this Friday as they take on Bassett at 7 p.m.
The JV Wildcats shut out Martinsville 35-0 on Thursday evening in Ringgold. Tilden Garland ran for a touchdown and added a two-point conversion. Quarterbacks Ethan Biagioni and Shamar Ferguson each rushed for a score, while Biagioni had a 72-yard touchdown pass to Darius Dickerson. Kicker Hayden Phelps was 3-for- 4 on extra points. The freshman duo of Kasey Ferguson and Jakari Thomas led the defensive effort as they both had three sacks and at least 10 tackles. Ferguson recovered three fumbles, including returning one back for a touchdown. Thomas caused three fumbles and recovered another one on a strip-sack, while Dorian Griffith had an interception on defense.
Dan River (3-0) will host Bassett on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats returned to winning form as they picked up straight set victories over GW and Martinsville this week. Dan River wasted little time with the visiting Lady Eagles on Tuesday as the Wildcats won 25-8, 25-14, and 25-12. Rebekah Stowe led the team with eight kills, five aces, and two blocks. Sky Hudgins had seven aces while Jordan Vogltanz had four aces, four kills, and three digs. Kristen Sellers had four kills against the Eagles.
On Thursday evening, Dan River traveled to Martinsville Middle School and came away with a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs. Match scores were 25-17, 25-13, and 25-2. Rebekah Stowe had eight kills and a block while Emily McVay had 11 serving aces and three kills against the Bulldogs. Chloe Pearson served up five aces, Sky Hudgins and Kristen Sellers had four kills, Riley Nuckles tallied 11 assists, and Madison Newman had three digs.
DR’s junior varsity team also picked up a pair of victories over GW and Martinsville. Dan River took down the Lady Eagles 25-5 and 25-11 on Tuesday evening. Brittany Hicks led the team in kills with three while Sierra Silvey and Amber Bevins each had three. Kaylee Atkinson and Nyla Walters each had six aces, Brittany Hicks had five, and Bevins had four, while Madison Satterfield had seven assists against the Eagles. The JV Wildcats also took down the Bulldogs in Martinsville on Thursday by the score of 25-5 and 25-17. Madison Satterfield (5), Brittany Hicks (4), and Jenna Fletcher (3) combined for 12 of the Wildcats’ 17 aces. Satterfield also led the team in assists with eight assists, while Amber Bevins had three kills.
The Wildcats will play three games in a three-night period. Dan River hosts Chatham Tuesday, Patrick County on Wednesday, and travel to William Campbell on Thursday.
It was an all-county affair on Tuesday at Goodyear Golf Club as Dan River hosted Chatham and Gretna. The Wildcats finished in second place as Chatham won the match by 13 strokes with a score of 181; Dan River (194) was seven shots better than Gretna (201). Landon Gammon was third overall as he carded a round of 44. Cooper Terry shot a 48, while Dalen Robertson and Nolan Nuckles each had 51.
The Wildcats will wrap up regular season play with a home match on Tuesday, September 17 at Goodyear and a road match at Hat Creek on Thursday.