Friday, November 14, 2008

Weren't we just here ? Gate City vs. Strasburg for the State Championship/ R.E Lee & Buffalo Gap move on in Prep Football




Great crowd following the Bison (just 1 of 4 sections
), Bill Meade working the sidelines...


Both Jim Sacco and myself had a bit of double duty for Friday night. Jim was staying court side for the Auburn- Gate City semi-final, covering it for the Media General newspaper out of Bristol (Bristol Herald Courier). I believe his story will appear at http://www.tricities.com/ .
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Jim tells me that Gate City won the match in five games and I was able to tell him that Buffalo Gap looked awfully sharp in their 46-12 victory over home standing Cumberland. Gap (11-0) has not lost a game since the fall of 2006 when they dropped their next to last game vs. Riverheads.
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R.E Lee also advanced to play another week by defeating Liberty-Bedford 35-7 back in Staunton at Gypsy Hill Park. R.E. Lee will travel to Brookville next Friday while Buffalo Gap will head down to William Campbell. WC eliminated the third team still remaining from our ESPN-1240 coverage area with a 64-6 defeat of Riverheads.
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We should be heading down to Brookville next Friday night and the tail gate show should be back on the air at 6:30 P.M. Hopefully Sacco will be back in the fold with us for the game next week.
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The weather at Cumberland was right out of a scary movie being filmed in London. The combonation of fog and rain didn't dampen the energy of what had to be 500+ fans that made the trip from Swoope. Gap took a 26-0 lead into the locker room and won the second half 20-12 to give us the 46-12 final.

The Bison scored their 7 TD's about every way imaganible. A pair of punt returns in the first half by Daniel Wise (80 yards) and Michael Johnson (60+ yards) plus a 35 yard TD pass from Ryan Sheridan to Wise...

One of the most impressive parts of the Gap romp came after the Cumberland Dukes scored their two touchdowns. Cumberland scores with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter on a 36 yard TD pass and Gap answered just :23 seconds later. Johnson returned the kick-off all the way to the Dukes 5 yard line and Pickle Nuckols punched it in on the first play from scrimmage.

Cumberland (8-3) scored again with 11:54 remaining in the game on a 2-yard run and this time it took :25 seconds to answer. CHS kicked a pooch ball collected by Boone Jones and Jones retuirned it to the Bison 48 yard line. Nuckols for 7 yards and on 2ND down Sheridan took it to the house from 45 yards out. Nuckols added a final TD with 5:04 left in the contest to close out the scoring. Congrats to the Bison !

Covering the game - Bill Meade for the http://www.newsvirginian.com/, Rob Hartlaub for http://www.newsleader.com/ and you can also check it out at http://www.inrich.com/ for the Richmond Times Dispatch view on the contest...

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