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Bobcats throttle Tide, 42-0

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Radford built a 35-point halftime lead and coasted to the win over the Maroon Tide.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

 With both Radford and Galax entering Friday night’s game winless on the 2009 season, one was bound to collect its first win — unfortunately for Galax, the Bobcats scored early, quickly and often en route to a 42-0 nondistrict pounding of the Maroon Tide on its home field.

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Galax (0-4) entered the game looking to snap a three-game losing streak on the season and a 10-game skid to their counterparts that dates back to 1981. Maroon Tide head coach Jared Van Acker said earlier this week that the big question heading into Friday’s game was if his team could stop Radford’s “great athletes,” and it was obvious by the end of the first 12 minutes that the answer was no. Galax returned the opening kickoff and managed only one first down before punting the ball away. Persistent rain and a slick football produced a bad punt for the Tide, which actually had a net yardage loss of two yards. The Bobcats (1-2) took over on the 50-yard-line and needed only four plays and 38 seconds to put their first points on the board. Quarterback Dontae Carter hit two of his first three passes on the night, capping the drive off with a pass to Sam Mumpower from 7 yards out. Michael Goodman added the extra point, and Radford led 7-0 with 7:30 remaining in the first quarter. On Galax’s ensuing possession, the Tide managed to move the ball into Bobcat territory before a fumble handed Radford the ball on its own 42. After a sack on the 37-yard-line, an incompletion and a false start penalty, Radford faced a third-and-20 from its own 32-yard-line. Trickery got the best of the Tide defense, however, as Carter took the snap and pitched it back to D.J. Palmer. Galax defenders pursued Palmer, leaving Josh Mulkey wide open in the middle of the field. Mulkey hauled in the Palmer pass and headed for the end zone, stretching the Bobcats’ lead to 14 after the point after. Galax started its next possession on its own 10-yard line, and a three-and-out led to yet another punt, giving Radford a short field. The Bobcats needed only one play to go 30 yards, as running back Kevin Adkins crossed the goal line for his first score of the night on a 30-yard touchdown run. The extra point increased the lead to 21-0 with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Both teams traded possessions, and the Tide managed to get a first-and-goal just inside the Bobcats’ 10-yard line before a holding, a delay of game and an intentional grounding penalty created a fourth-and-goal from the 36-yard-line. A failed fourth down conversion handed the Bobcats the football with 2:40 remaining in the half on the Radford 20-yard-line. Carter again went to work, finding William Minter for a quick 29 yards and Mumpower for another 36. Adkins handled the final 15 yards on two carries and put another six points on the board for the Bobcats. Following the point after, Radford led 28-0 with 1:51 remaining in the half. The bad night would turn even worse for the Tide offense after a fumbled snap on its first snap handed the Bobcats possession on the Tide 5-yard line. Two plays later, Palmer punched the ball into the end zone, stretching the lead to 35-0 just before halftime. The second half was played with a continuously-running clock — Virginia High School League rules state that a lead of 35 points merits doing so. After forcing Radford to punt on its opening possession, the Tide took over on its own 8-yard-line. Again, the offense struggled and Xavier Rodriguez lined up to punt from his own 10. The Bobcats brought the heat and Mumpower managed to get a hand on the kick, giving his Bobcats the ball on the Maroon Tide 5-yard line. Four plays later, Carter crossed the goal line from 9 yards out for the final time, stretching the lead to 42 after a point after with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter. The continuous clock made for a quick final quarter, and the Bobcats left Galax with their first win of the season and their 21st over the Tide in the last 23 games of the series. The Tide managed only 52 yards on the ground, but found 106 through the air, compared to Radford’s 149 rushing and 181 passing. With the loss, Galax drops to 0-4 on the season, looking ahead to Friday night’s match at Craig County.   Radford     21  14  7  0––42 Galax          0     0  0  0––  0

First quarter Rad–Mumpower 13 pass from Carter (Goodman kick) 7:30 Rad–Mulkey 68 pass from Palmer (Goodman kick) 3:28 Rad–Adkins 30 run (Goodman kick) 0:55 Second quarter Rad–Adkins 5 run (Goodman kick) 1:51 Rad–Palmer 2 run (Goodman kick) 0:55 Third quarter Rad–Carter 9 run (Goodman kick) 3:13                                      Rad   Gal First downs                 12   11 Rushes-yards       21-149   34-52 Yards passing            181   106 Comp-Att-Int        6-10-1   5-11-0 Return yards                34   35 Punts-average        1-40.0   3-15.0 Fumbles-lost               2-1   3-3 Penalties-yards       14-90   5-35     Individual statistics Rushing–Radford, Carter 8-70, Adkins 6-45, Marshall 1-22, Mitchell 1-3, Griffits 1-1, Minter 2-1, Palmer 2-(-3). Galax, Rodriguez 2-24, Newman 9-23, Testerman 2-13, Shalabi 1-2, Martin 3-(-1), Brown 2-(-4), Mazon 15-(-5). Passing–Radford, Carter 5-9-1-113, Palmer 1-1-0-68. Galax, Mazon 5-11-0-106. Receiving–Radford, Mulkey 1-68, Mumpower 2-47, Patterson 1-31, Palmer 1-18, Thompson 1-17. Galax, George 3-73, Newman 2-33.