Gate City's Robbie Hicks (20) battles for extra yardage near the goal line during Friday night's game against Abingdon at Legion Field in Gate City. (Ned Jilton II photo)
GATE CITY — A big second quarter carried Gate City’s football team to a 42-21 victory over Abingdon at Legion Field on Friday night.
The Blue Devils exploded for three touchdowns in the second period to build a 35-7 advantage by halftime. The Falcons came on strong in the second half, but it was too little, too late.
Caleb Herron had a rushing touchdown and returned a punt 63 yards for a TD during Gate City’s decisive second-quarter spurt.
Evan Baker started the second period with a bruising 1-yard TD run and Michael Collier ended it by catching a 4-yard TD pass from Hunter Collier five seconds before the halftime horn.
Raequon Jordan did a little bit of everything for the Falcons, catching five passes for 107 yards and a score and rushing for a team-high 60 yards. Isaac Perrigan caught two touchdown passes from Abingdon quarterback Tyler Arnold.
The only bad news for Gate City on Friday was a leg injury to Neth Gardner, who was hurt the first time he touched the ball. Gardner fielded a punt after an Abingdon three-and-out to open the game, and the junior returned it inside the red zone before getting rolled up awkwardly in a pile of tacklers.
Coach Bill Houseright said the extent of the injury wasn’t known and that Gardner left the field for X-rays.
“He’s tough,” Houseright said. “If he heard something pop and he’s laying out there, something’s wrong.”
See Saturday’s print edition for an expanded version of this story.