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BLACKSBURG – Blacksburg’s Nick Hames produced big play after big play to spark the host Wildcats to a 32-14 win over Indian Land on Friday night at BHS’s Campbell Stadium.
The Wildcats’ win gave Blacksburg its first win over IL since 2002.
Hames keyed the Cats, 1-1, with a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and an 83-yard pass reception in the 18-point win.
“That Hames is a heck of a player,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “He really hurt us tonight.”
Hames put the the first points on the board after taking a Shea Rodgers’ punt and sprinting 65 yards for the score only 1:34 into the game.
Blacksburg’s Marco Taveras added the conversion for a 7-0 lead with 10:26 left in the opening period.
Hames put Blacksburg in good field position after taking his second punt of the game for a 46-yard return to the IL 24.
Eight plays later, Blacksburg quarterback Treyvon Parker, on a fourth and two play, dashed into the end zone from five yards out. The extra point was no good and Blacksburg held a 13-0 edge.
“Big plays and poor tackling put us in the hole early,” Mayer said. “We had too many mistakes on both sides of the ball. We have to do a better job.”
Blacksburg wasted no time in extending its lead after taking possession deep in its territory after IL was halted on a failed fourth-down conversion.
On a first and 10 snap, Parker hit Hames across the middle on an 83-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed and BHS led 19-0 with 11:15 left in the second period.
“We have to get better in every phase of the game,” Mayer said. “We have to stick together and play together and get better as individuals and as a football team.”
The Warriors’ offense answered as it pieced a 12-play, 47-yard scoring drive, with junior running back Terrell White scoring on a second and goal on a 12-yard run. Chad Thomas added the kick to make it 19-7 with 7:18 left before half.
The quick-striking Wildcats struck again on their next possession as Deandre Surratt ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first snap. Blacksburg failed on the conversion and led 25-7 with 7:03 left before half.
The Wildcats’ potent offense continued their charge in the second half. In three plays, Blacksburg moved the ball 69 yards for a score, with Parker racing 52 yards for the TD. Taveras added the conversion for a 32-7 BHS lead with 11:01 in the third period.
“We’re having trouble getting any offensive rhythm going,” Mayer said. “Penalties and poor center to quarterback exchanges hurt us on several drives.”
Indian Land quarterback Dalton McGuirt hit Manny McCord on a 47-yard touchdown pass to end the scoring. The drive covered 63 yards in four plays. Thomas added the conversion to make it, 32-14.
Indian Land will be at home to face Lewisville on Friday. The Lions, 2-1, rolled to a 42-13 road win over Class AA foe Andrew Jackson on Friday night at AJ.