By Staff Report Saturday, October 06 2012 00:00
Radford scored 28 fourth quarter points to turn a tie game into a 42-21 victory over Eastern Montgomery on a beautiful Friday evening to please a packed Homecoming crowd at Bobcat Stadium. It was the Three Rivers District opener for both teams.
The Bobcats (2-4, 1-0 TRD) would strike first when D'Andre Cook picked off a James Fields pass and returned it 19-yards for the score. Caleb Findley's PAT sailed left to make it 6-0 at the 5:44 mark of the first quarter. The Mustangs (3-3, 0-1 TRD) wasted no time in coming back, as Fields connected with Ron Ford on a 49-yard scoring strike and Troy Rucker's PAT capped off an 8-play drive to take a 7-6 lead with 2:57 on the clock. Radford responded on its next possession by marching 63 yards on six plays. The drive was capped off by a 9-yard run by Hunter Marshall. Jordan then connected with Marcus Finley on the two-point conversion to put the Cats back in front, 14-7 with 1:23 to go.
East Mont, not to be outdone, came back to tie the game at 14-14 at the 10:55 mark of the second quarter when Daryl Manns galloped 42 yards and Rucker made the PAT.The Mustangs appeared to have taken the lead with 1:39 remaining when Manns rambled 61-yards for the score. However, the touchdown was nullified when East Mont was called for a personal foul on the run. Radford had one final chance in the second quarter to take the lead. But, Findley's 48-yard field goal was just short as time expired.
In the opening half, East Mont tallied 234 yards of total offense to Radford's 151 yards.
Also during the halftime activities, Michael Mann and Lexi Denny were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Bobcats would strike first in the fourth quarter. Finley hauled in a 63-yard pass from Marshall and Findley's PAT made it 21-14 at the 10:26 mark. After holding the Mustangs and taking over on downs, Radford would take over at the East Mont 42-yard line. Ten plays later, Marshall connected with Cook on an 11-yard scoring strike and Findley's PAT put the Cats up, 28-14, with 4:31 on the clock. The Mustangs wasn't about to give up yet. On the third play from scrimmage, Ford hauled in 60-yard pass from Fields and Rucker's PAT made it 28-21 with 3:45 to go.
On the ensuing kickoff, R.J. Jordan bolted 60-yards to the house and Findley's PAT gave Radford a 35-21 advantage with 3:32 remaining. Once again, the Cats would hold and take over on downs at the East Mont 29-yard line. Following a 28-yard jaunt by Marshall that moved the ball to the 1-yard line. Marshall rewarded himself by calling his own number and diving over the right guard for the score. Findley's PAT made it 42-21 with 2:15 left in the game.
James Fields completed 21-of-32 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns to pace East Mont. Ron Ford hauled in 10 catches for 182 yards and two TDs. The Mustangs finished with 382 total yards.
Hunter Marshall passed for 120 yards and two touchdowns on an 11-for-19 evening. He also ran for two more. The Bobcats tallied 402 yards of total offense.
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