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RURAL RETREAT – Grayson County had a sluggish start against the Rural Retreat Indians but when the Blue Devils hit their stride they rolled over the Indians, 42-13 in a nondistrict game last Friday night.
After failing to move the ball on their first offensive series, the Blue Devils took advantage of a fumble recovery by Logan Sikes at the Blue Devil 44-yard line.
Quarterback Max Rodgers picked up 11 yards to the Rural Retreat 45 on a keeper play and James Williams picked up eight yards to the 37 but the Blue Devils picked up only two yards on the next two plays bringing up a fourth down.
Rodgers hit John Bilbrey with a pass good to the 25 and a first down.
The Blue Devils hit pay dirt with 1:58 to play in the quarter when Rodgers found Ty Cannaday over the middle for a 4-yard TD catch. Bilbrey converted the 2-point conversion on a run and the Blue Devils led 8-0.
After the Indians went three and out, the Blue Devils put together another drive after returning a punt to their own 47. Williams caught two passes to give the Blue Devils a first down at the 28 and Rodgers picked up 18 on a run to the 10. Williams picked up four yards to the 6 and scored from there on a pass from Rodgers with 10:30 left in the half.
The Indians took advantage of a short kickoff by the Blue Devils and got the ball at their own 45. Behind the strong running of Jordan Corvin and Tyler Woodward, the Indians marched down field and Corvin scored on a 7-yard run. Raymond Cox broke through the Indian offensive line to block the extra point kick for a 14-6 Blue Devil lead.
The Blue Devils took advantage of another Indian mistake to start another scoring drive. The Indians fumbled a Blue Devil punt and Williams recovered the loose ball at the Indian 22.
With 1:04 to play in the half, Williams hauled in a 7-yard scoring pass from Rodgers and Peters kicked the extra point for a 21-6 halftime lead.
The Blue Devils continued their strong play after taking advantage of a short Indian kickoff to set up shop at the Grayson 49.
Williams picked up nine yards to the 40 and Bilbrey found a hole and picked up a first down at the 24. Rodgers was running to his right looking for a receiver and running out of field when he finally found a target downfield. Cannaday caught the pass for a 25-yard TD and Peters kicked the extra point for a 28-6 lead with 9:12 to play in the third.
The Blue Devil defense turned in a good defensive stand in the third. After the Indians picked up a first down at the Blue Devil 10, they could only managed a yard on two runs and a pass play.
On fourth down, Indian quarterback Chase Heldreth was smothered by a host of Blue Devils to stop the drive.
Grayson got out of the hole in a hurry after Rodgers hit Cannaday on a long pass to the Blue Devil 47.
Rodgers called his own number two straight keeper plays and picked up good yardage to the 15. Williams closed out the drive when he scored on a 9-yard run with 11:52 to play. Peters kicked up point for a 35-6 lead.
The Indians fumbled the kickoff and Chance Widner recovered for the Blue Devils. Jarrien Goins finished the drive on a 1-yard touchdown run. Peters kicked the extra point for a 42-6 lead.
Corvin closed out the scoring for the Indians with 1:49 to play when he scored on a 6-yard run and Josh Underwood kicked the extra point.
Blue Devil coach Brett McPherson said he had been experimenting with several things in recent days but his team returned to what it does best – running the football.
“What we want to do is to run the ball and mix it up with some passes,” he said.
He was pleased with his team’s efforts against the Indians.
The Blue Devils will play their first home game of the season this Friday when they host Glenvar.
Grayson Co. 42, R. Retreat 13
Grayson County........8 13 7 14––42
Rural Retreat............0 6 0 7––13
GC–Cannaday 24 pass from Rodgers (Bilbrey run) 1:58
GC–Williams 6 run (kick failed) 10:30
RR–Corvin 6 run (kick failed) 4:04
GC–Williams 7 pass from Rodgers (Peters kick) 1:04
GC–Cannaday 25 pass from Rodgers (Peters kick) 9:13
GC–Williams 9 run (Peters kick) 11:52
GC–Goins 1 run (Peters kick) 7:03
RR–Corvin 6 run (Copenhaver kick) 1:49
First downs 13 12
Rushes-yards 36-194 46-204
Yards passing 135 24
Comp-Att-Int 8-18-0 4-6-1
Return yards 69 70
Punts-average 3-39.7 3-25.3
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 8-70 1-1
RUSHING—Grayson County, Rodgers 7-89, Williams 9-43, Lundy 4-26, Bilbrey 11-24, Goins 3-9, Bane 1-3, Medley 1-0. Rural Retreat, Corvin 26-122, Woodward 11-76, Mullins 2-13, Burton 1-3, Miles 1-2, Heldreth 3-0, Ball 2-(-11).
PASSING–Grayson County, Rodgers 8-17-0-135, Lundy 0-1-0-0. Rural Retreat, Heldreth 4-6-1-24.
RECEIVING–Grayson County, Cannaday 3-85, Williams 3-29, Bilbrey 1-13, Widner 1-8. Rural Retreat, Stroupe 2-14, Corvin 1-5, Burton 1-5.