Wk 5 NRV 2021 Radford @ Christiansburg Game

Wk 5 NRV 2021 Radford @ Christiansburg Game 574 382 SWVA High School Sports

Blue Demons score big in 63-0 win over Radford on Friday night

Christiansburg H.S., VA – Christiansburg is for real. Ask anyone who witnessed the 63-0 win over a good Radford Bobcat team on Friday night. Radford has talent, but they needed more than that this night against a Christiansburg team that has a team full of leaders and playmakers. Blue Demon Coach Wilkens recognized his opponent and his team’s effort. “They are an incredible football team. I don’t know if we will see a more athletic group in terms of the skill positions. The score is not indicative of the difference between us. We played really well.” The game started ominously for both with turnovers galore. Christiansburg turned it over on the opening kickoff. Radford was forced to try a 41-yd field goal. Blue Demons DB 3 Jayron Thompson blocked that then scooped and scored from 63-yards out to go up 7-0. Christianburg’s aggressive approach was evident in getting the win and staying unbeaten (4-0) going into the Salem matchup next week. Coach Wilkens summed it up, “We try to play so aggressive but actually toned it down tonight just because they (Radford) are so athletic.”

Christiansburg and Radford ready to enter the field

C-burg Head Coach Alex Wilkens

First Quarter – This game was wild from the jump, starting with a Christiansburg fumble on the opening kickoff. WR/DB 3 Jayron Thompson had the ball ripped out and OL/DL 62 Lance Duncan pounced on it. The Blue Demon defense was up for the ‘sudden change’ challenge though and held the Bobcats to only two yards on three plays. That’s when WR/DB 3 Thompson reversed his fortune and possible set Christiansburg off on what would prove to be a runaway win against a quality team. Radford set up to try a 43-yard field goal. The snap and hold were good, but WR/DB 3 Thompson raced through the line, blocked the kick and then

Christiansburg WR/DB 3 Jayron Thompson blocks a FG then takes it back for the TD

scooped it up and made haste to the end zone. Sixty-three yards later, Christiansburg was up 6-0 with less than two minutes off the clock, The PAT was wide and no good. Christiansburg’s defense continued its pressure and forced Radford to punt on their next series.

Blue Demon H-Back/LB 9 Drew Lloyd is enjoys the action

That’s when more turnovers broke out. The Blue Demons fumbled the ball to Radford after a bad exchange between QB 8 Casey Graham and RB 42 Kenyon Johnson-Buckhannon. Radford couldn’t stand the good fortune though and gave it right back on an interception by DB/WR 2 Travis Altizer at the forty-four after the return.

Christiansburg DB/WR 2 Travis Altizer makes a return after an interception

C-burg would pad their lead with an 8-play drive capped off by “number eight” Graham taking it in from a yard out. The PAT made it 13-0 with 4:17 left in the quarter.

C-burg QB 8 Graham celebrates a touchdown

Radford, on the other hand, couldn’t seem to keep the ball. After a promising drive to midfield, DB/WR 3 Thompson was at it again with a theft of a QB 8 Marcel Baylor toss at the Blue Demon ten yard line.

Second Quarter – Christiansburg added two more second quarter scores to increase their lead going to half. QB 8 Graham made a good 17-yard run at the 6:41 mark and then added a 16-yard TD toss to TE/DE 20 Tyrique Taylor three minutes later. Radford’s best scoring opportunity of the game came at the end of the quarter.

TE/DE 20 Tyrique Taylor catches a TD pass for C-burg

Smartly moving the ball downfield and working the clock. Coach Crist’s troops maneuvered the ball down to C-burg six with seconds left. On the last play of the half, Bobcat QB 8 Baylor scrambled around and finally hit RB/LB 22 Dobbins in the back of the end zone for the apparent TD.

Radford Head Coach Michael Crist voices his displeasure

But there was laundry on the ground and an Illegal man downfield was whistled. The half ended Christiansburg up 27-0.

Radford RB/LB 22 Tyrel Dobbins TD catch before half is nullified due to a penalty

Kenyon Johnson-Buchannon and Niqua Banks pose as Homecoming King and Queen

Halftime– If RB/LB 42 Kenyon Johnson-Buchannon wasn’t having the night of his life, I don’t know who was. Not only was the Senior on his was to 105, two TD rushing night, but he was also named Homecoming King. Niqua Banks was named Homecoming Queen.

Third Quarter – Things went from bad to worse for the visiting Bobcats, to the tune of a punt, two interceptions, and two fumbles.

Christiansburg RB/LB 42 Kenyon Johnson-Buchannon darts through traffic

Christiansburg turned those opportunities into three more touchdowns. RB/LB 42 Johnson-Buchannon scored from three and two yards out on successive drives. K 7 Jonah Bremmer made both PATS. The third score was RB/LB 31 Stephan Myrthil with a one yard carry. All told, that put the home team Blue Demons up 48-0. Christiansburg’s run game was tough to stop. Wilken’s backs accounted for nearly 300 yards on 40 carries and 7 TDs on the ground for the night.

Radford QB 8 Marcel Baylor skirts around the corner

RB/LB 22 Marcel Baylor looks to the sidelines

Fourth Quarter – Christiansburg added two more scores in the final stanza. RB/LB 10 Curtis Altizer scored on a 12-yard run and then RB/QB/DB 10 Tanner Evans finished the nights scoring with a 3-yard blast with just over three minutes left in the game.

Sportsmanship on display… Radford WR/DB 5 Sincere Taylor helps Blue Demon DB/WR 2 Travis Altizer stretch out a cramp

Radford (3-2) needs to regroup facing Alleghany this coming Friday night at home. Christiansburg (4-0) will now travel to Salem (2-1) to take on the reigning Division 4 state champions at Willis White Field. That contest shapes up to be quite a battle on paper. Let’s hope the two teams both play well on the field.  – Cap’n Crunch

Rushing– Radford – Tyrel Dobson 8-36, Fum, Marcell Baylor 12-28, Darius Wesley-Brubeck 3-14, Nate Wesley 2-5, Rae Brubeck 1-0, Xavier Joplin 4-13, Sincere Taylor 1-6
Christiansburg – Kenyon Johnson-Buchannon 13-105, 2 TD, Fum, Tanner Evans 5-41, TD, Drew Lloyd 2-17, Casey Graham 6-30, 2 TD, Stephan Myrthil 9-45, TD, Curtis Altizer 2-16, TD, Max Fernandez 3-44
Radford– John Dobbins 7/18-47, 2 INT, Nate Wesley 1/3-2, 2 INT Christiansburg – Casey Graham 8/12-84, TD  
Radford– Allen Hamblin 1-2, Tyrel Dobson 2-20, Darius Wesley-Brubeck 3-1, Max Kanipe 2-26
Christiansburg – Jayron Thompson 4-29, Drew Lloyd 1-7, Travis Altizer 2-32, Tyrique Taylor 1-16, TD  
Radford– Vance Steele 4-31 avg. Christiansburg – Curtis Altizer 1-27

First Quarter
Christiansburg : Jayron Thompson 67-yd block fg return; PAT failed (10:13)
Christiansburg : Graham 1-yd run; Bremner PAT (4:17)
Second Quarter
Christiansburg : Graham 17-yd run ; Bremner PAT (6:41)
Christiansburg : T. Taylor 16-yd pass from Graham; Bremner PAT (3:02)
Third Quarter
Christiansburg : Johnson-Buchannon 3-yd run ; Bremner PAT (7:28)
Christiansburg : Johnson-Buchannon 2-yd run ; Bremner PAT (3:06)
Christiansburg : Myrthil 1-yd run ; Bremner PAT (0:14)
Fourth Quarter
Christiansburg : C. Altizer 12-yd run ; Bremner PAT (11:19)
Christiansburg : T. Evans 3-yd run; Bremner PAT (3:18)

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