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SW Va. roundup: Gate City rallies behind three rushing touchdowns by Parks

Staff • Sep 22, 2007 at 12:00 AM

APPALACHIA — Gate City scored 32 unanswered points to rally for a 39-14 victory over Appalachia in non-district action Friday night.

Tyler Parks started the rally for the Blue Devils (2-2) with three consecutive rushing touchdowns. He finished with 120 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Tihlee Anderson scored the Devils’ first TD on a 3-yard run in the opening quarter. He added his second on a 1-yard plunge in the fourth before Logan Byrd found paydirt from 4 yards out to end the scoring for Gate City.

Jared Sampson hauled in a 14-yard TD pass from Cody Richardson to put Appalachia (2-2) on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Morgan Ireson returned a fumble 58 yards in the second stanza to give the Bulldogs their only lead of the game.

J.J. Kelly 44, Grundy 6

WISE — Devan Sproles rushed 12 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns and Jeremy Gilliam raced 135 yards on seven carries as the Indians cruised past the Golden Wave.

Sproles scored on runs of 58 and 35 yards while Gilliam had a 71-yard TD scamper.

Chris Strouth caught two passes for 97 yards, including a 13-yard scoring strike from Matt Dotson.

J.J. Kelly (4-1) jumped out to a 36-0 lead by halftime and never looked back.

Josh McCowan led Grundy (2-2) with 78 yards on nine rushes.

Castlewood 18, Rye Cove 16

CLINCHPORT — The Blue Devils successfully fielded an onside kick with 16 seconds left to stave off a comeback by the War Eagles and win the Cumberland District opener for both teams.

Ryan Phillips had 81 yards rushing for Castlewood (3-1, 1-0), including a 5-yard touchdown. Quarterback Corey Davis had two scores — one running (2 yards) and one passing (7 yards to Aaron Woods).

The Devils did all their damage in the first half. Rye Cove rallied with rushing TDs by Steven Vikara (15 yards) and Seth Blevins (4 yards). The onside kick came after Blevins’ score.

Vikara had 132 rushing yards for the Cove (0-4, 0-1).

Coeburn 14, Thomas Walker 6

COEBURN — Hunter Bond’s 77-yard touchdown in the second quarter was the difference the Blue Knights needed to defeat the Pioneers in this defensive struggle.

Shane Bright led Coeburn (3-2, 2-0 Cumberland), totaling 78 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Bond snared a pair of interceptions.

Hagan Hensley scored the only points for Thomas Walker (2-2, 1-1) on a 4-yard run in the final stanza.

St. Paul 48, Twin Springs 24

NICKELSVILLE — Josh Brooks was a one-man show for the Deacons, racking up six touchdowns in their Cumberland win over the Titans.

St. Paul (3-1, 2-0) rolled up 452 yards of total offense, including 346 on the ground. Brooks toted the ball 17 times for 255 yards and five rushing TDs. He also hauled in a 12-yard pass from Tyler Phillips.

Phillips finished 7-of-10 passing for 106 yards.

Michael Salyer completed 14 passes for 224 yards to lead Twin Springs (0-5, 0-1). Kris Jordan was his favorite target, hauling in six catches for 92 yards.

Lebanon 28, Clintwood 3

LEBANON — Terrell Lee ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the homestanding Pioneers eased past the Green Wave.

With an 83-yard TD run by Skyler Musick already giving Lebanon (4-1) the lead, Lee doubled it on an 85-yard scoring sprint.

He hit Sutton Coleman on a 34-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, then ran it in from 2 yards out to close scoring for the Pioneers.

Clintwood (2-2) blocked three extra points.

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