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Pioneers stop 14-year slide

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MAX MEADOWS –– For the first time since 1994, Fort Chiswell has left a football game against Grayson County with a smile on its face.

The Pioneers used a 19-point outburst in the second period to end a 14-game losing streak to the Blue Devils, taking a 25-6 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at C.F. McKinney Field.

Following a scoreless first quarter, the Pioneers (5-3 overall, 2-0 district) exploded for three touchdowns in the second period. Hody Viars got the ball rolling with a 4-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper early in the period, then connected with halfback Chris Rodriguez on a 45-yard touchdown pass midway through the quarter for a 13-0 lead.

Rodriguez capped the surge with a 1-yard run 2:50 before the half.

The Pioneers added a touchdown on the first play of the second half when Rodriguez broke free and raced 63 yards for a score. The Pioneer junior finished with 163 yards on 18 carries.

Grayson County (0-8, 0-3) got on the board in the third period, capping a 70-yard drive when Ryan Hernandez hit Ethan Hash on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 4:47 left in the quarter.

Omar Larreta led Grayson County with 70 yards on 12 rushing attempts.

Ft. Chiswell 25, Grayson Co. 6

Grayson County 0 0 6 0–– 6

Fort Chiswell 0 19 6 0––25

Second quarter

FC–Viars 4 run (Mabry kick) 10:26

FC–Rodriguez 45 pass from Viars (kick failed) 6:05

FC–Rodriguez 1 run (run failed) 2:50

Third quarter

FC–Rodriguez 63 run (pass failed) 11:36

GC–Thompson 3 pass from Hernandez (pass failed) 4:47

GC FC

First downs 13 16

Rushes-yards 42-127 35-249

Yards passing 40 83

Comp-Att-Int 6-14-1 3-10-0

Return yards 46 34

Punts-average 3-33.0 1-25.0

Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-yards 3-25 6-70

Individual statistics

Rushing–Grayson County, Larreta 12-70, Williams 14-33, Hernandez 16-24. Fort Chiswell, Rodriguez 18-163, Viars 7-38, Hatfield 3-26, Chandler 2-11, Kane 1-2.

Passing–Hernandez 6-14-1-40. Fort Chiswell, Viars 3-10-0-83.

Receiving–Grayson County, Hash 3-37, Thompson 1-3, Harvey 2-0. Fort Chiswell, Rodriguez 1-45, Mabe 1-29, Bond 1-9.