CLINTWOOD — J.I. Burton’s Lonesome Pine District clash with Clintwood on Friday at Ralph Cummins Field wasn’t the last LPD football game ever played. But it was unquestionably the last of the league’s old guard.
Burton quarterback Tanner Crowder and the Raiders’ passing attack kept the pressure on the Greenwave through the first half, but the home team’s physicality on both sides of the football carried the second act and Clintwood went on to prevail 41-16.
“I told them to keep pounding it and keep pounding it and those 3- and 4-yard gains would start turning into 7- and 8-yard gains,” said Greenwave coach Rick Mullins, whose team carries a No. 2 ranking in The Associated Press VHSL Group A poll.
“That starts wearing on you after a while and our guys started believing that.” Running back Gavan Meade rushed for 245 yards and scored five touchdowns for the Greenwave (6-1, 2-0), his enthusiasm for wearing down tacklers almost as single-minded as his focus on the end zone. He scored three of his TDs in the second half on runs of 11, 7 and 19 yards, permanently turning the tide Clintwood’s way.
For complete coverage of the game, pick up a copy of the Oct. 13 Times-News.
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