Radford…Playing defending state champions, the Glenvar Highlanders, the Bobcats came up on the short end of a 20-14 game.
Daryl Manns who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 227 yards on 17 carries. He scored on runs of one, five and eight yards, led Glenvar. Elliott Stigall gained 58 yards on eight carries while quarterback Zack Clifford had 65 yards on seven rushes. They finished with 350 yards of offense all on the ground.
Radford (6-3) got 59 yards rushing from Heth Grant and scored one touchdown. Quarterback Marcus Finley completed 16 of 31 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown.
Glenvar (9-0) got on the scoreboard first with 8:37 remaining in the opening quarter as Manns ran in from one yard out. Jacob Mullins’ point after made the score 7-0. Radford would answer as Grant bulled his way in from three yards out, and Logan Jessie’s kick tied it at seven with 2:55 remaining in the opening quarter. The two teams would battle with Glenvar taking the lead with 4:01 before intermission with Manns running from five yards out. Mullins’ PAT made it 14-7. Glenvar would take the second half kick-off and march down the field and go up 20-7 on a Manns eight yard run with the point after being missed.
Radford got back on the scoreboard with just 3:13 remaining as DJ Baylor caught an eight-yard pass from Finley. Jessie’s PAT cut the lead to six, 20-14.
Glenvar would then run out the last 3:13 of the game to win the hard-fought game.
Matthew Saunders, head coach at Radford, said, “We battled and competed very hard tonight. I thought our defense played very well. Glenvar plays great defense. I think both of their lines are extremely good. Manns (Daryl) is very good, and he’s hard to tackle.” Coach then added, “I don’t like to lose, but we’ve lost to three group AA schools. Their records will probably be 10-0, 9-1 and 8-2. We have played a tough schedule. “
Radford will play their last regular season home game next Friday verses the Mustangs of Eastern Montgomery. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 pm.