Month: October 2016

The Pioneers will take on Bland

Fort Chiswell…The Fort Chiswell Pioneer football team coming off a loss to Graham will once again hit the road this Friday going to Bastian to take on the Bland Co. Bears. The Bears (4-5) are coming off of a thumping by Galax last Friday. The Bears are coached by Harris Hart, who is in his 12th year and has a 48-75 record at Bland.

Offensively, sophomore quarterback Jake Watters leads the Bears. Brian Arnold is the featured running back as is Dylan Jackson. Arnold and Jackson are both seniors. Garrett Steffey and Tyler O’Dell are the mainstays on the offensive line.

On defense both Steffey and O’Dell will anchor the line. Jackson is the middle linebacker, with Watters and Ethan Cook leading the Bland secondary.

“I’ll run out of the wing- T,” said Pioneer head man Todd Tiller. “They are probably 80-20 run to pass or perhaps more toward the run than that. The Watters kid is a very good athlete and is quick. Arnold and Jackson both are real good runners and they have a veteran offensive line.” Bland is averaging right at 27 points a game offensively and is also giving 27 a game on defense. They have wins over Craig Co., Northwood, Montcalm, WV and Eastern Montgomery. The losses are to not only Galax but to Graham, Narrows, Rural Retreat and Grayson Co.

Coach Tiller said, ”On defense Bland runs a 52 scheme. They really like to slant their line and will go man to man in the secondary. We look for them to send some pressure with their linebackers. We definitely need to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball Friday night.”

The Pioneers had three players to get nicked against the speedy Graham G-Men. Looks as though two of those will play this Friday. “Sean Morgan and Andrew Stoots we believe will play Friday,” said Coach Tiller. He then remarked, “We probably will hold lineman Patrick Crawford out. He turned his ankle and its been bothering him the last couple weeks.”

The Pioneers will go on offense with Logan Smith, Alex Brooks, Grant Milgrim, Billy Shrewsberry and Jacob Coake on the line. Warren Moore will get the start at quarterback. Tyler Jakubiak, along with Morgan will see action as the tailback. H-back will be Stoots. Tanner Bailey, Hunter Parrott are the wide receivers and Colby Rider starts at tight end. T J James, Ethan Woods, Anthony Morris will get in some time on offense, also.

Defensively Fort Chiswell (6-3) will go with Brooks, Devin Newman and Coake will start on the line. Milgrim, Rider and Shrewsberry with be the inside linebackers as James and Stoots the outside backers. The secondary will be Logan Newman, and Morris at cornerbacks. Bailey will go as the safety. Parrott, Jon Gregory, Smith, “Loopie” Turpin and Woods will also see action.

The Pioneers are seeded fifth coming into this game in Group 1A West and Bland is 16th. Fort Chiswell will be at home in the opening round of the playoffs that starts next week. Their opponent at this writing is unsettled. Twin Valley, Rural Retreat, Covington and Castlewood are the four teams that are in the hunt for that playoff spot. If Fort Chiswell wins they will end up more than likely as the fourth seed and would play the 13th seed. Kickoff for the game this Friday is at 7 pm at the Sports Complex located in Bastian.

Conference 45 first round Volleyball Finals

Narrows defeated Bath Co. in straight sets- 25-14, 25-5 and 25-8. Covington beat Craig Co. also in three set s by the scores of, 25-17, 25-14 and 25-14. Radford beat the Mustangs of Eastern Montgomery in four sets with the scores being, 25-10, 17-25, 25-18 and 25-19.Auburn defeated Parry McCluer in straight sets- 26-24, 25-21 and 25-20.

Lady Pioneer commits

The Fort Chiswell Lady Pioneer basketball team leading three-point shooter Savannah Dunford has given a verbal commitment to Concord to play basketball. She will sign on Thursday November 10 , with the ceremonies happening at Fort Chiswell High school. Dunford helped lead the Lady Pioneers , coached by Kristen Williams to the state semifinals this past winter as a junior.

Group 3A – West Power Point Ratings – Oct.31

  1. Brookville 27.55
  2. Rustburg 26.55
  3. Abingdon 26.44
  4. Staunton River 25.55
  5. Magna Vista 25.33
  6. Lord Botetourt 24.66
  7. Heritage-(LYN.) 23.77
  8. Spotswood 22.66
  9. Blacksburg 21.00
  10. Western Albemarle 20.44
  11. Waynesboro 20.20
  12. Hidden Valley 20.11
  13. Turner Ashby 19.88
  14. Tunstall 19.66
  15. Cave Spring 19.55
  16. Northside 19.33

Big Plays and Speed defeats Fort Chiswell

(Photography courtesy of Tina Quesenberry)

QB Warren "Pookie" Moore and the line
QB Warren “Pookie” Moore and the line

Playing on a perfect night for football the Graham G-Men once again proved that speed kills. Graham had over 200 yards by their special teams and Taymon Cooke scored three touchdowns leading them to a 49-28 win over Fort Chiswell.

Cooke not only had three touchdowns but he had 180 yards of total offense. Quarterback Ben Meade completed just three passes for 130 yards. Graham lead 21-13 after one quarter and 35-13 at halftime.The G-Men (7-1) main running back Jamorya Cousin had just 11 carries for 87 yards and scored one touchdown.

Colby Rider, ball carrier, and blocking is TJ James
Colby Rider, ball carrier, and blocking is TJ James

The Pioneers ( 6-3) got 172 yards of offense from Colby Rider and quarterback Warren ” Pookie” Moore threw for 133 yards as he completed 13 of 22 passes. Rider had 84 yards receiving and 88 more rushing. He also scored one touchdown. Sophomore Tyler Jakubiak scored twice and had 146 yards rushing.

Graham had 219 yards in punt and kick returns, 130 yards passing and 214 yards rushing. Fort Chiswell had 138 passing yards and 264 rushing yards.

Sean Morgan, ball carrier, and #57 Grant Milgrim
Sean Morgan, ball carrier, and #57 Grant Milgrim
Tanner Bailey
Tanner Bailey


Fort Chiswell will be on the road next Friday as they travel to Bland Co. Kick off is slated for 7 pm.

Graham 21 14 14 0-49

FC 13 0 0 15-28

Penalties – Graham – 4 -40 yds., FC- 9- 65 yds.

First Downs – Graham -11, FC- 15