Highlanders contain Blue Devils

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Grayson County was held to less than 34 points for the first time this year, falling 27-7 to Glenvar.

By Landmark News Service

SALEM –– The Glenvar Highlanders wasted no time showing Grayson County who was boss, beating the Blue Devils 27-7 on their home turf.

Glenvar led 20-0 at halftime, thanks to a dominant defensive performance. The Blue Devils were held to 35 yards of total offense and negative six on the ground at the half.

“I believe in a physical style of play. I don’t know if we are more physical than anyone else, but that’s what we try to do,” Highlanders coach Kevin Clifford said.

They succeeded mightily on Friday.

Glenvar pounded away at the Blue Devils defense for most of the night. Tim Woods carried the ball 27 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns in a career-best performance.

“It starts with the offensive line, they are the reason I even get the ball. It was great tonight, as usual. This is the best line I’ve ever played with,” Woods said.

The Highlanders (3-0) suffered a key loss midway through the second quarter when fullback Corey Bolden suffered a knee injury in front of the Glenvar sideline.

Once Bolden left, the game, Clifford turned to experienced fullback Phillip Tarpley, who finished with 28 yards on six carries, all in the first half. Tarpley also scored on a four-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter.

Despite playing poorly in the first half, the Blue Devils (3-1)regrouped in the locker room.

Grayson County took the ball 76 yards on 15 plays on the first possession of the third quarter, capped by a Xavier Rodriguez four-yard touchdown run.

The drive was aided by a 17-yard completion on fourth down and 12 from Ethan Hash to Eric Harvey.

Harvey finished with three catches for 30 yards.

Rodriguez was held to negative five yards rushing in the first half, but exploded for 71 yards on nine carries in the second half

“I’m happy (about the second half), but we should have started out playing that way,” Rodriguez said.

It was the Blue Devils’ first loss of the season, but coach Brett McPherson was proud of the way his team responded after halftime.

“They were a little bigger, little older…definitely a little stronger, I thought we battled, though,” McPherson said.

“We didn’t quit. I’d have liked to see the score cut down more. We had some more opportunities.”




Grayson County.......0   0  7  0––  7

Glenvar..................13  7  0  7––27


First quarter

Gl–Bolden 1 run (kick failed)

Gl–Tarpley 4 pass from Mabry (Bolden kick)

Second quarter

Gl–Woods 4 run (Holshouser kick)

Third quarter

GC–Rodriguez 4 run (Ruiz kick)

Fourth quarter

Gl–Woods 14 run (Holshouser kick)


                                  GC    Gl

First downs                    9    15

Rushes-yards         30-117    46-212

Yards passing                66    60

Comp-Att-Int         4-16-1    4-8-0

Punts-average        3-29.0    2-44.5

Fumbles-lost               2-1    1-1

Penalties-yards            1-5    3-38



RUSHING—Grayson County, Rodriguez 14-66, Hash 10-34, Watson 4-12, Anderson 2-5. Glenvar, Woods 27-121, Mabry 6-35, Tarpley 6-28, Bolden 5-26, Roach 2-2.

PASSING–Grayson County, Hash 4-16-1-66. Glenvar, Mabry 4-8-0-60.

RECEIVING–Grayson County, Harvey 3-30, Roberts 1-36. Glenvar, Tarpley 3-28, Bolden 1-32.


--Landmark News Service