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Bassett defensive back Jeremyah Hairston (left) jumps in front of a G.W.-Danville receiver for an interception in their game on Friday in Danville. (Ray Reynolds photo)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

By DOUG POWELL - Bulletin Sports Writer

Bassett fell victim to turnovers once again in the second half and Friday against G.W.-Danville it translated into a 41-6 loss at George Washington High School.

The Bengals kept the game close for the majority of the first half with backup quarterback Loje Witcher running the offense in the absence of starting quarterback Devontae Jordan. Jordan missed the game due to an ankle sprain.

Witcher had 23 carries for 62 yards and passed for 71 yards on 10-of-17 passing and an interception.

“Obviously he was in there trying to be very successful because he wanted to take advantage of that opportunity,” Gilbert said of Witcher. “He did have a couple of fumbles and an interception, but I think that was a lot him playing so hard and trying to make things happen when things started going bad.”

The Eagles only led by a possession at halftime, and the Bengals were within striking distance to begin the second half.

However, a few Bengals turnovers in the second half gave the Eagles great field position which was parlayed into easy scores. With an offense incapable of keeping up with G.W.-Danville the game quickly got out of hand.

The Eagles scored 13 points in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth as the Bengals turned the ball over four times (three in the second half) compared to the Eagles’ two.

Gilbert said his team struggled with the Eagles’ speed all night on offense and stated that there is a reason his team dropped to 0-5 on the season.

“We didn’t help ourselves none by no means,” Gilbert said. “(G.W.-Danville) has team speed like crazy and we were down a man or two and had several people out, but I still thought our kids played hard. We just made some mistakes there at the end.”

G.W.-Danville has outscored its opponents 181-57 in its five wins and face a Patrick County team Friday that has given up 297 points in its five losses.

Bassett travels to Halifax County this week to face a winless Comets team.

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Trojans pummel Cougars and pick up second win

Tunstall got back in the win column after defeating Patrick County 49-6 on Friday night in Patrick County.

The Trojans passed for 75 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 292 yards on 40 carries and five touchdowns.

Tunstall’s 292 rushing yards was a season high for the Trojans in a single game.

The Trojans’ defense forced four Patrick County turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions. It was just the second win for the Trojans in the first half of the season.

Tunstall has a bye week this week before traveling to Bassett on Oct. 18.

Patrick County takes on G.W.-Danville on Friday in Patrick County.

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Eagles fall to Patrick Henry-Roanoke

Franklin County dropped its fifth game of the season on Friday night losing to Patrick Henry by a score of 34-25 in Roanoke.

Franklin County head coach Chris Jones’ team has now lost four straight games dating back to Sept. 13.

Their 25-point outing on Friday night, however, was their highest point total since a 49-19 win over Bassett on Sept. 6.

The Eagles are now 1-5 overall and host Pulaski County on Friday.

 

 
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