By Staff Report Saturday, September 08 2012 00:00
George Wythe rushed for more than 500-yards, as the Maroons spoiled Radford’s Hall of Fame Weekend by claiming a 44-31 non-district football win against the Bobcats Friday night.
Radford (0-2) took the opening kickoff and immediately started its march downfield. Highlighted by a huge passing play to D'Andre Cook from Hunter Marshall and the running of Isiah Carter moved the ball to the George Wythe 19-yard line. The drive stalled and the Cats had to settle with a 32-yard field goal by Caleb Findley to make it 3-0 with 9:17 left in the first quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the Maroons (3-0) needed just five plays to cap off an 80-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown run by Justin Snavely to give George Wythe a 7-3 advantage at the 7:47 mark. The Maroons added a 4-yard TD run by Snavely to extend its lead to 13-3 with 1:25 remaining.
After holding Radford to three-and-out, George Wythe appeared as they would strike again, as they moved the ball to Cats 25-yard line. However, the Maroons fumbled on the next play and Radford's Adam Tuck pounced on the loose ball. Nine plays later, Marshall connected with RJ Jordan on a 10-yard pass to cut the Bobcats deficit to three, 13-10, with 7:34 to go in the second quarter. The Maroons answered with a 4-yard scamper by Dominique Crockett to pull out to a 20-10 lead with 2:57 showing. George Wythe tacked on a 41-yard field goal by Andrew Storm as time expired to extend its lead to 23-10 at the half.
George Wythe rushed for 247 yards in the first half, while Radford was held to a minus-two yards on the ground. The one bright spot was that Marshall completed 9-of-14 passes for 180 yards.
The Maroons scored on their first possession of the second half, as they drove 80-yards and capped it off on a one-yard dive by Crockett on a fourth-and-goal to pull out to a 30-10 advantage with 9:34 on the clock. Not to be outdone, the Bobcats took the ensuing kickoff and drove 80-yards. Radford capped off the four-play drive with a 61-yard scoring strike from Marshall to Jordan and Findley’s PAT made it 30-17 with 7:37 on the clock. A George Wythe fumble on its next possession gave the Cats the ball at their own 47-yard line. A crucial fourth-and-10 run by Marcus Finley, along with a personal foul call against George Wythe gave Radford a first-and-goal at the 6-yard line. Three plays later and facing a fourth-and-two, Marshall connected with Jordan on a 2-yard strike and Findley’s PAT pulled the Cats to within six, 30-24, with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Maroons appeared they had control of this one as they took a 37-24 lead on an 11-yard touchdown run by Crockett with 6:42 showing. The Bobcats came right back with a 79-yard scoring strike from Marshall to Cook and Findley’s PAT to back to within six, 37-31, with 5:31 on the clock. Radford surprised George Wythe with an on-sides kick, which was recovered by Alex Wright at the GW 48-yard line. However, the drive ended two plays later when Marshall was picked off at 49-yard line with 4:42 left in the game. George Wythe would score one final time, this time with 2:12 remaining on a 24-yard run by Tyler Skeens to make the final 44-31.
George Wythe compiled 523 yards rushing on 49 carries and completed 3-of-5 passes for 57 yards. Dominique Crockett led the Maroons with 188 yards and Tyler Skeens added 177 yards.
Radford tallied 62-yards rushing on 32 carries and Hunter Marshall completed 15-of-28 passes for 339 yards.
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