According to staff reports
EC Glass’ season opener at Lord Botetourt has been delayed 30 minutes due to lightning in the greater Roanoke area. The Hilltoppers provided plenty of flash highlights once they finally got on the pitch.
George White scored three touchdowns, Avante Brown returned a punt for a score, and the Hilltoppers opened the season with a 28-14 victory over the Cavaliers in Daleville.
White threw touchdown passes to seniors Lyvarius Gilbert and Taeon Mosby, and the quarterback added a touchdown.
Brown, a junior, returned a blocked punt for a touchdown as Glass (1-0) took a 21-7 halftime lead.
The Hilltoppers improved to 2-0 against Botetourt (0-1). The teams’ first meeting took place last season at the City Stadium, with Glass winning 41-30.
Brookville 35, Patrick Henry (Roanoke) 27
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Brookville hasn’t had much trouble beating Patrick Henry in recent seasons. In fact, the Bees had won three of four since 2017, most by comfortable margins.
That seemed to be the case after the first half at Merril Gainer Field in Roanoke.
Then things got a little too close for comfort.
The Bees took a three-touchdown halftime lead and held on to earn their 13th season opener in the last 15 seasons.
Brookville (1-0) led 28-7 at the half. The only score allowed came on a kickoff return touchdown, which was preceded by the Bees scoring on a blocked punt.
PH (0-1) cut the deficit to eight points with 2:39 remaining, but failed to tie the score.
Christian Liberty 40, Magna Vista 0
At Ridgeway, Gideon Davidson scored four touchdowns and Liberty Christian’s defense limited host Magna Vista to 94 total rushing yards in a lopsided, shutout win to open the season.
The Bulldogs (1-0) had four interceptions and held two Magna Vista quarterbacks to two assists.
Davidson returned a 38-yard interception for a touchdown late in the second quarter, capping the score.
Davidson, the electric sophomore who is one of the nation’s top prospects in the recruiting class of 2025, rushed for 112 yards on nine carries and scored on rushes for 70 and 12 yards. He caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Joe Borchers early in the first quarter.
His older brother, Caleb, finished with 64 yards rushing and added a 4-yard touchdown run.
Camden Clinton returned a punt 15 yards for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.
LCA finished with 324 yards of total offense.
Jefferson Forest 33, Gretna 12
Gretna shocked Jefferson Forest in the 2021 opener with a three-point triumph at Saber Stadium.
The Cavaliers made sure history didn’t repeat itself when the teams met at Lester Bond Field in Gretna.
Forest methodically wore down the Hawks and secured a season-opening win.
It was the 10th time in the last 12 seasons that the Cavaliers (1-0) had won their season opener. The only setbacks came in the 2021 fall opener against the Hawks and in 2017 at Staunton River.
Rustburg 35, Monticello 14
The Red Devils’ season opener in Charlottesville has been delayed by 90 minutes due to thunderstorms. It didn’t take long for Rustburg to strike.
The Red Devils scored 18 seconds into the game and never looked back as they easily beat Monticello.
Monticello briefly tied the game at 7 early in the second quarter. Rustburg (1-0) responded by taking a 20-7 halftime lead and then adding to that advantage with a touchdown in each of the final two quarters.
This is Rustburg’s second straight win over Monticello. The Red Devils secured a 53-13 win last season at Rustburg.
Lunenburg Center 54, Altavista 17
At Altavista, Central Lunenburg racked up 406 of 492 rushing yards, and the Chargers scored 35 unanswered points to close out the first half and edge out the Colonels in both teams’ first games at English Field.
Altavista quarterback Jordan Pippin was behind the Colonels’ two touchdowns. He connected on a 64-yard strike to Wesley Harmon, then added a ground score.
Pippin rushed for 34 yards and added 62 yards on 2 of 3 passes.
The Colonels (0-1) finished with 165 total rushing yards.
Eli Schubert added a 30-yard field goal for Altavista.
Staunton River 35, William Campbell 28
At Naruna, William Campbell held a 20-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. It was then that the Staunton River Offensive began.
The Golden Eagles scored 21 points in the final 12 minutes to rally to a season-opening win over William Campbell for the second straight season.
Staunton River, who won last season’s draw 48-16, have not enjoyed a comfortable triumph this season.
The Generals (0-1) used a balanced offensive attack and stingy defense to keep Staunton River’s run-based offense relatively quiet for 36 minutes.
It was then that the depth of Staunton River (1-0) took over the stretch.
William Byrd 42, Freedom 6
In Bedford, the Terriers (1-0) scored in every quarter, highlighted by a 28-point swing between the second and third quarters, to open the season with a win over the Minutemen and spoil Daryl Robertson’s debut in as head coach of LHS.
Robertson, the former LHS player, was hired on July 20 to replace longtime coach Chris Watts. Robertson is the first black football coach in Seminole District history.
The Minutemen (0-1) avoided the shutout thanks to Noah Crumpacker’s long touchdown in the fourth quarter.
This helped Liberty avoid being sent off at home for the third time in five games. The Minutemen were held scoreless in back-to-back home games last season against EC Glass and Brookville, and scored a combined 28 points in their last two home games of 2021.
Christian Liberty 40, Magna Vista 0
ACL – Gideon Davidson 47 pass from Joe Borchers (Ryan Pettit kick)
ACL – G. Davidson 70 run (missed kick)
ACL – Caleb Davidson 4 run (missed kick)
ACL – G. Davidson 12 run (small kick)
ACL – Camden Clinton 15 punt block return (Pettit kick)
ACL – G. Davidson 38 interception return (small kick)
Fumbles-Lost; 0-0; 0-0
Rush—Liberty Christian, G. Davidson 9-112, C. Davidson 9-64, Elijah Castaneda 7-41, Jeb Moon 1-4, Borchers 1-2. Magna Vista, TyQuise Lampkins 9-34, Elijah Dixson 6-25, Caleb Wray 2-11, Tahjir Hairston 1-6, Ethan Dukes 1-6, Mekel Witcher 1-(minus 7), Caleb Lynch 1-(minus 8) .
PASS—Liberty Christian, Borchers 4-6-0-81, Adam Deyo 1-1-0-19, Moon 1-1-0-1. Magna Vista, Witcher 1-6-1-25, Lynch 1-10-3-2.
RECEPTION—Liberty Christian, G. Davidson 2-56, Esom Nnajiofor 1-19, Carson Meadows 1-19, Austin Rose 1-6, Jaden Skates 1-1. Magna Vista, Torian Young 2-27.