Month: September 2016

Games Postponed

Fort Chiswell at James River -postponed – Monday Oct. 3 – 7pm

Rockbridge at Lord Botetourt -postponed – Saturday Oct.1- 7pm

Northside at Alleghany – postponed – Monday Oct. 3 – 6 pm

Auburn at Parry McCluer- postponed – Monday Oct. 3- 7pm

Roanoke Catholic at Craig Co.- postponed- Monday 7 pm

Greenbrier (WV) at Covington – postponed- Monday 7 pm

VHSL 1A WEST Point Ratings

  1. Galax 21.50
  2. PH-Glade Spring 20.00
  3. Hurley 18.80
  4. Geo.Wythe 18.00
  5. Chilhowie 17.80
  6. Parry McCluer 16.80
  7. Narrows 16.20
  8. Bland Co. 14.50
  9. Castlewood 14.20
  10. Fort Chiswell 13.75
  11. Rural Retreat 13.00
  12. Covington 13.00
  13. J I Burton 12.80
  14. Twin Valley 11.80
  15. Auburn 11.75
  16. Honaker 11.60

VHSL 2A WEST Power Ratings

  1. Dan River 23.60,
  2. Appomattox 23.50,
  3. Richlands 22.80.
  4. Grundy 21.50,
  5. Lee 20.50,
  6. Graham 19.75,
  7. Giles 19.25,
  8. Floyd Co. 19.00,
  9. Union 19.00,
  10. Martinsville 17.80,
  11. Va. High 16.75,
  12. Central-Wise 16.60,
  13. Glenvar 16.20,
  14. Marion 16.20,
  15. Gretna 14.40
  16. .Tazewell 13.80

Fort Chiswell on the road to James River

QB Warren "Pookie" Moore on the move against Parry McCluer
QB Warren “Pookie” Moore on the move against Parry McCluer

Max Meadows…The Pioneers of Fort Chiswell will try to get back on the winning side of things Friday as they travel to Buchanan, Virginia to play the Knights of James River.

Jacob Phillips, who’s in his second season, coaches the Knights. Last year they went 8-3. They went to the playoffs and lost to Graham 35-16. It was the first home playoff in the history of James River High School. The Knights defeated Fort Chiswell last year 35-6 at Fort Chiswell.

This year’s Knights team is 1-4 on the season; they have scored 69 points and have given up 130. They lost their opening game to Lord Botetourt 56-0 and then played Glenvar and lost 21-14. They then beat Chatham 34-19. During the last two weeks they lost to Floyd Co. 24-14 and Radford 10-7. The Knights were beaten on the last play of the game to Radford. They lost a lot of real good players from last year but return four starters on offense and three on defense.

The Knights have 12 seniors and seven of those are starting. Their main weapon is senior QB Luke Harman. Tyler Whiting and Daniel Holter get most of the carries of the ball. Kavin Vest is the tight end and Michael Hays is one of their best wide receivers. On defense Travis Sisson, Jacob Crawford and Donta Wright anchor their line play as well as the offensive line.

Tanner Bailey
Tanner Bailey

Fort Chiswell head coach Todd Tiller said, ”James River likes to spread and use the pistol formation. They will use flex-bone as well. The Harman (Luke) kid is a real good athlete. He’s a dual threat. He’s a good runner and passer. Whiting, Holter and Hays are good players for them on offense.”

Coach was then asked about the Knights defense and he remarked, ”They have used both 50 and 40 schemes. Linebackers haven’t blitzed much at all from the film we have watched. They like to send a safety blitz though.” Coach then added, “The secondary like to play zone mainly, but we show man to man some.” He then remarked, ”They have some big athletic looking lineman.“

The Knights are big in that Sisson is 232, Crawford is 215 and Wright is 260. All three are seniors. One of their best linebackers is Davis Fenster a 5-10, 180 senior. Whiting, Harman and junior Erik Tolley lead the secondary.

The Pioneers come into the contest in good health with the exception of Billy Shrewsberry and Ethan Woods. Shrewsberry got a stinger in his left arm but should be able to go Friday night. Woods will be out for this game and probably for next week’s game as well.

Kick off is slated for 7 pm Friday night at James River High School.

Photography courtesy Tina Quesenberry from Fort Chiswell vs Parry McCluer game on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Parry McCluer pummels Pioneers

Max Meadows—Playing on a very pleasant evening the Fighting Blues of Parry McCluer hammered the Fort Chiswell Pioneers 50-14.

Parry McCluer was lead by KJ Cook with 211 yards rushing, scoring two touchdowns. Marcellus Dawson had two touchdowns as he gained 119 yards rushing and their third back Auburn transfer Jeremy Nelson had 114 yards as he also rushed for two touchdowns. The Blues totaled 451 yards for the game all on the ground. They only attempted three passes total in the contest; all were incomplete.

Fort Chiswell had 237 total yards, with 211 of that coming by way of the pass. They had only 26 yards rushing on 14 attempts.

Parry McCluer got on the board with 3:38 remaining in the opening quarter as quarterback Zach Claytor sneaked in from one yard out but the point after was wide right for a 6-0 score. They would then get the ball and drive 56 yards on six plays with Marcellus Dawson running in from 12 yards out but the two-point conversion run failed. Their next possession they drove 49 yards on four plays with K J Cook bulling his way in from one yard but the run again failed. Their next possession they got a two-yard run from Dawson and Cook ran his way in for a two-point conversion as they took a 26-0 lead into intermission.

The Pioneers took the second half kickoff but three plays and out the Fighting Blues would get a 47 yard run up the middle from Jeremy Nelson and he then ran in for the two-point try as it was 34-0 with nine minutes left in the third quarter. Once again the Blues “D” would hold the Pioneers to three and out as they setup on their own 42. After Nelson gained for yards off tackle, Cook took the hand off broke three or four tackles as he rambled in on a 56 yard touchdown and Nelson run made it 42-0 in middle of the third, as the route was on.

Fort Chiswell would finally get on the scoreboard as Warren Moore dropped back and passed to Hunter Parrott at the McCluer 45 yard line and he broke a couple tackles on his way for a 53 yard score with 5:17 left in the third quarter and Tyler Dunford point after made it 42-7.

Parry McCluer (4-1) would get their last score with 11:50 left in the game as on their first play of the quarter Nelson rammed his way in from three yards out and his run made it 50-7.

The Pioneers would then drive the ball 50 yards down to the Fighting Blues 10 yard line. Moore would then lob a pass into the corner of the end zone and Colby Rider caught the pass for six and Dunford’s point after make the final 50-14.

“We just got whipped,” said Fort Chiswell head coach Todd Tiller. “ They did everything we thought they would but we couldn’t stop them. Our defense was on the field so much in the first half we got wore down.” Coach then added,” We will play the three top teams in the West 1A Division, Galax, Parry McCluer and George Wythe. That’s a tough threesome as was the Parry McCluer three backs. They are one tough football team. “

Fort Chiswell (2-2) quarterback Warren Moore passed for 211 yards as he completed 16 of 29 passes and threw two touchdowns. Sean Morgan led them with just 21 yards rushing on five carries.

The Pioneers will have to regroup as they hit the road next Friday as they go the Buchanan to take on the James River Knights. Kick off is scheduled for 7 pm.



PM 6 20 16 8-50

FC 0 0 7 7-14


C A I TD Yds.

Passing- PM- Clayton 0 – 3 -0 -0 – 0

– FC- Moore 16- 29 -0 – 2 – 211



Receptions- PM- None, FC- Parrott 4-69 yds., Rider- 5-64 yds., Bailey- 5- 66 yds., Stoots- 2-12 yds.


Rushing -PM- Cook – 12- 211, Dawson 15-119, Nelson 16 -114, Claytor- 1-1, Richmond- 1-5, Stalnaker 2-1, Moore 1-1


– FC- Moore- 6-8, Morgan- 5-21, Bailey- 1-(-6), Rider- 2-1, Stoots- 1-2


First Downs- PM- 15, FC- 7


Penalties- PM- 4-25, FC- 4-30


Punts- PM- None, FC- Bailey- 5- 32.6 avg.



RSN Top 10

Based on Five Districts Only- that RSN covers ( River Ridge, Three Rivers,Mtn.Empire,Southwest & Hogoheegee) As of Wednesday- Sept. 21

1.Pulaski Co.




5.Geo. Wythe

6 Richlands

7. Giles

8. Graham

9.PH-Glade Spring

10. Patrick Henry