Grubb, Thomas have huge games as Cougars roll over Cavaliers, 50-7

By Dan Callahan

The Patriot


      Pulaski County remained in contention for a 4A West Region playoff berth and got its sixth victory of the season at home in Dobson Stadium Friday evening, rolling over Carroll County, 50-7. The Cougars are now 6-2 on the season, the Cavaliers 1-7. 

    Quarterback and defensive back Bryant Grubb and running back Hunter Thomas had huge games for Pulaski County. Grubb only ran with the football four times in the game, but scored three touchdowns, and also added a 48-yard run with a pass interception. Thomas ran 13 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

      But Cougar head coach Stephen James was not happy with his team at the half, even though PCHS was up, 22-0. That changed quickly. In the third quarter in nine minutes and 40 seconds, Pulaski County scored four touchdowns and 28 points.

      “I was not happy. We’re coming off a disappointing loss at Blacksburg, and we aren’t ready to play. This team needs to play with some emotion. I don’t care who you’re playing, where, or anything, we need to focus up. In the first half, I thought we just went through the motions. I didn’t see any fire in us at all. I was upset.”

      Next Saturday in Roanoke, the Cougars face Hidden Valley is what has turned into a huge game. “We played better this week, but if we’re going to accomplish our goal, we need to understand it’s go time. We need to be ready to go at the toss of the coin and go hard for four quarters. We still need to execute much better and we can. We are not close to being as consistent as we need to be. We need to be the best we can be, physically, emotionally, and from an execution standpoint, and we don’t have much time to get that way,” said James.

      Pulaski Co. got off to a sluggish start until Thomas popped a 45-yard touchdown run at the 6:55 mark of the first quarter, but just as last week, the extra point kicked was blocked again. J.T. Thompson recovered a fumbled punt attempt for the Cougars at the Carroll 14, but the offense couldn’t punch it in, but this time Ryan Castle nailed a 28-yard field goal for a 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

     On the first possession of the second quarter Grubb zipped up the middle of the Cavalier defense, turned toward the sideline, and zoomed 78 yards for six. His two-point conversion pass was dropped. The reason for the earlier field goal was a dropped pass in the end zone. On the Cougars’ next possession Thomas marked off runs of 49 and 19 yards on back-to-back plays and on first and goal from the one, Grubb went over. Castle’s pat was good for a 22-0 lead, but the offense didn’t move on its final two possessions of the half.

      It moved when the second half started. Thomas run for 32, then 16 and Grubb ran the option for six from seven yards out. Castle was good for 29-0. On the next possession Thomas ran for 33 to the end zone. Castle kicked it good again. Then to the power game and inside running of Jamall Edmonds who bowled over tacklers on a 13-yard touchdown run right up the chute. That was setup by a 21-yard pass completion to right end Jeff McDonald, and a 25-yard Thomas gallop. Then following the kickoff Grubb snatched a Carroll pass out the air and turned it into a 48-yard pick six. Castle got two more conversion kicks, and the Cougars had put up 28 markers in less than a quarter, and there was still 2:20 left in the third stanza, and Pulaski County was on top, 50-7!

    That was it for the starting units for the Cougars and the game was put on a continuous clock, and the Cougar coaching staff got all the gold hats possible in the game. Carroll did manage to score in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard run by Colin Wells.

       In addition to Thomas’ 217, the 5th time he has gone over 200 yards rushing in a game this season, Grubb finished with 85 on four carries, and Edmonds got 75 on nine runs. Grubb was only two of seven passing, but that number was not all his fault. For the second straight game, Cougar receivers found it hard at times to hold receptions. He did have the big hookup with McDonald good for 21 yards, and also connected with his brother C.C. Grubb for nine. The Cougars ran with the pigskin 31 times for 451 yards, and finished with 481 total yards of offense. Wells was the Cavaliers’ leading rusher with 39 yards on 11 carries. Carroll Co. managed to run for 100 yards on 47 carries out of its wishbone attack, but finished with only 99 yards total offense because the Cavs were one of 10 passing for minus a yard.

      Pulaski County travels to Roanoke to face Hidden Valley Saturday, Game time is the usual 7 pm.

Friday’s High School Football Scores

Altavista 42, William Campbell 14

Amherst County 27, Heritage-Lynchburg 26

Bayside 42, Ocean Lakes 7

Bishop Sullivan 44, Royal Imperial Collegiate, Ontario 6

Briar Woods 42, Chantilly 3

Broad Run 34, Oakton 6

Brooke Point 41, Stafford 0

Brookville 49, Liberty-Bedford 27

Buffalo Gap 38, Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg 0

Chancellor 63, Caroline 14

Clarke County 42, Riverside 14

Colonial Forge 40, Woodbridge 0

Courtland 13, King George 6

Culpeper 35, Manassas Park 14

E.C. Glass 23, Jefferson Forest 21

East Rockingham 38, Luray 7

Eastern View 38, Liberty-Bealeton 28

Fort Chiswell 14, Grayson County 13

Frank Cox 21, Granby 0

Franklin 36, Greensville County 12

Freedom (South Riding) 21, Rock Ridge 14

Freedom (Woodbridge) 25, Forest Park 20

Galax 54, Narrows 7

George Marshall 42, Wakefield 10

George Wythe-Wytheville 42, Patrick Henry-Glade Spring 0

Giles 47, Floyd County 0

Glenvar 18, Eastern Montgomery 7

Goochland 28, Central Lunenburg 14

Grafton 20, York 7

Graham 42, Bland County 0

Grassfield 36, Lakeland 20

GW-Danville 55, Bassett 14

Hampton 47, Menchville 0

Hargrave Military 41, Fishburne Military 0

Harrisonburg 40, Fort Defiance 6

Hayfield 42, Yorktown 13

Hermitage 35, Mills Godwin 20

Hidden Valley 56, Christiansburg 21

Highland Springs 56, Henrico 20

Indian River 48, Hickory 13

Isle of Wight Academy 38, Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 6

James Madison 60, Fairfax 0

James Monroe 56, Spotsylvania 7

Kettle Run 13, Brentsville 6

King William 42, Middlesex 14

Landstown 21, Salem-Va. Beach 7

Lee-Springfield 41, TJ-Alexandria 12

Lord Botetourt 17, William Fleming 7

Loudoun Valley 48, Loudoun County 14

Magna Vista 38, Patrick County 0

Martinsville 50, Tunstall 0

Nansemond River 30, King’s Fork 19

Nansemond-Suffolk 54, Greenbrier Christian 0

New Kent 42, Warhill 28

Norcom 34, Churchland 6

Norfolk Academy 20, St. John Paul the Great 14

Norfolk Christian 27, Portsmouth Christian 18

North Cross 48, Fuqua School 21

Norview 27, Woodrow Wilson 6

Patrick Henry-Ashland 26, Atlee 14

Poquoson 44, Bruton 0

Potomac Falls 49, J.E.B. Stuart 6

Princess Anne 55, Maury 28

Pulaski County 50, Carroll County 7

Radford 19, Auburn 10

Riverdale Baptist, Md. 52, Paul VI 13

Riverheads 53, Wilson Memorial 6

Rural Retreat 55, Holston 7

Salem 21, Patrick Henry-Roanoke 7

South Lakes 42, Langley 14

Southampton 56, Windsor 0

Spotswood 14, R.E. Lee-Staunton 0

Stone Bridge 44, Tuscarora 7

Stonewall Jackson-Manassas 39, Osbourn Park 14

Stuarts Draft 52, Page County 13

Tallwood 21, Green Run 14

Union 65, Eastside 20

Varina 55, Armstrong 0

Western Albemarle 41, Fluvanna 0

Western Branch 30, Deep Creek 0

William Byrd 42, Alleghany 7

Woodgrove 56, Park View-Sterling 20

Woodside 15, Phoebus 0

UNC hopes keep pace in ACC’s division race vs. Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — North Carolina rebounded with a much-needed victory last week at Miami and the No. 22 Tar Heels look to keep pace in the ACC Coastal Division title race when they visit longtime rival Virginia on Saturday.

The Tar Heels (5-2, 3-1 ACC) are tied with Virginia Tech atop the division standings after the Hokies’ victory against the Hurricanes on Thursday night . North Carolina cannot afford another league setback if it hopes to win the division with its only loss a 34-3 against the Hokies.

Virginia (2-4, 1-1), in its first year under coach Bronco Mendenhall, has yet to beat the Tar Heels since Larry Fedora became coach five years ago, losing all four previous meetings, and six straight in the series.

Cavaliers quarterback Kirk Benkert sees progress in the team every week. He pointed to a 28-point first half last weekend in a loss to Pittsburgh as proof, but said working to keep the momentum going all game is sometimes a challenge.

“It’s good that we had a lot of success in the first half, but we need to sustain it,” he said. “You score 28 points in the first half and you think, well, you’re going to double it by the end of the game. Teams make adjustments and we just needed to execute what was called better. We just didn’t do that in the second half.”

The Tar Heels have won eight consecutive true road games, including two straight in Charlottesville. Two years ago, then-backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw a game-winning 16-yard touchdown pass in a 28-27 victory.

Trubisky now is the Tar Heels’ starter, and one of the ACC’s most efficient passers with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He is looking forward to hostile of Cavaliers faithful.

“I think we like playing on the road. I think we like either getting booed or people rooting against us,” he said. “I don’t know, being the enemy? I think it gives us energy and I think we just feed off it honestly.”

Two weeks before winning at Miami, the Tar Heels also won at No. 13 Florida State, 37-35 .


Some other things to watch when North Carolina visits Virginia:

SWITZER WATCH: Ryan Switzer stands only 5-foot-10, but the Tar Heels’ top receiver has been a pass-catching machine of late. In his last four games, he’s caught 41 passes. With North Carolina deep threat Mack Hollins out for the season with a shoulder injury, Trubisky may look his way even more. Hollins also was North Carolina special teams captain, and finding replacements in those roles may be equally important for UNC.

SKILL GUYS: Virginia needs to do a better job of putting its skill players in position to make things happen. Taquan Mizzell had only 15 touches (12 runs, three receptions) in the 45-31 loss to Pitt , and WR Olamide Zaccheaus had just three receptions, but for 83 yards. Benkert threw deep all day against the Panthers, but would do well to look to complete shorter passes to his best players and see if they can turn them into long gainers.

ROAD SUCCESS: UNC hasn’t lost a game on an opponent’s home field since November 2014. The eight-game run is tied for fourth nationally behind only No. 2 Ohio State (20), No. 1 Alabama (10) and Iowa (nine). “I think this team is built tough,” safety Donnie Miles said of the road success.

SMOOTH SAILING? The Tar Heels went 2-1 in their grueling part of the schedule, with the road wins at Florida State and Miami sandwiched around the home loss to the Hokies. They should be favored in all their remaining games: at home against Georgia Tech, at Duke, at home against The Citadel and North Carolina State. Pittsburgh also has only one Coastal Division loss, but it came against the Tar Heels , giving UNC the tiebreaker in that scenario.

TURNOVERS: Both teams have struggled to force turnovers, and in a game like this, especially for undermanned Virginia, takeaways can be a great equalizer and even turn a game around in the blink of an eye.


AP sports writer Aaron Beard contributed from Chapel Hill. N.C.


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Obituary for Cornelia Gates Dobyns

It is with sadness that we announce the passing and celebrate the life of Cornelia Gates Dobyns on October 20, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia. She has joined her predeceased husband of 60 years, James Robert (Bob) Dobyns and her parents; Willie Mae Preston Gates and Howard Preese Gates; brother, Thomas Jefferson (Jeff) Gates and sister, Wanda Lee Gates Schwarzmann.


Cornelia Gates Dobyns

She is survived by her twin sister Cordelia Gates Richards and her husband Bob Richards of Shawnee Mission, Kansas and two daughters; Robyn Neil Dobyns of Salem, Virginia and Rebecca Mae Dobyns and her husband, Mark Mitchell of Richmond, Virginia, sister in laws; Barbara Gates Phlegar and her husband Archie Phlegar of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Carolyn Todd Dobyns wife of Richard Allison Dobyns, Jr. (deceased) of Grasonville, Maryland, brother in law; Jack Schwarzmann, Cousins; Marcella Arline Schools Joel Silvey and wife Pat of Gibsonville, N.C., Coral Lee Gates Foster and husband Gerald of Virginia Beach, VA,  Jackie Preston and wife Faye of Huddleston, Va, Billy Preston and wife Peggy of Bedford, VA, Fleeta Millard, Brenda Woodford and many nieces and nephews.

Cornelia was born an identical twin on November 26, 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia and spent her formative years in Blacksburg, Va. She graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1948 and from VPI & SU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1951. She met her beloved Bob at Va. Tech and they married in 1951.  Cornelia was devoted to family, enjoyed an active and full life with her hobbies of painting, sports, and the observance of beauty in life, especially in nature and the change of seasons. As well as being a wonderful and dedicated mother and wife, she entertained many with her abilities as a hostess and great cook. Cornelia had a special place in her heart for children, and earned a certificate to organize a kindergarten for preschoolers in Pulaski from 1961-1963.  She loved flying, and earned her pilot’s license to fly a single-engine plane in 1968.  She was a member of the Virginia D.A.R. Chapter IV. Cornelia and Bob were youth leaders at the First Presbyterian Church of Pulaski and in 1976 traveled to Kananga, Zaire in Africa to spend two years in volunteer service to the Hospital and community. Cornelia and Bob lovingly started 5 scholarships at New River Community College and to date 124  students have benefited from these bequests. Cornelia and Bob traveled the world to see and appreciate the people and cultures but were always glad to return home to their roots (or beloved mountains of Southwestern Virginia). The Dobyns family would like to thank her many Caregivers for their compassionate devotion; with special appreciation to Pam, Faye, Ashley, Jennifer, Pat, Olivia, Tempest, Kimora and staff of Heartland Hospice and the MCV/VCU Parkinson’s Clinic. Her adventurous spirit, wry humor, and true grit will be greatly missed by her multitude of family and dear friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 25, from 4:00-6:00pm at New Dublin Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Virginia and her service will be on Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00am at New Dublin Presbyterian Church with burial at the New Dublin Presbyterian Cemetery. A meal will be served at the church following the burial.  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be given to the New Dublin Presbyterian Church, the Nature Conservancy of Virginia or the Pulaski Fine Arts Building. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700

Radford Police again seeking public’s help in sexual assault case

Radford Police are again asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of image1interest in a sexual assault case from last Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14 – 15. The subject was seen with the victim in area of Fairfax and Second Avenue in the early hours that Saturday morning. Victim was assaulted and found in the area of Second and Lawrence shortly after.

If you can identify this man or have information related to this crime please contact Detective Cross at 540-267-3191. You can also use the RCPD anonymous tip line at 540-731-5040 or email us at:

BOO! For Food

The Pulaski County High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be holding a canned food drive from October 28th through the 31st. The members of the NHS will be “trick or treating” around Pulaski County on these three nights asking for canned food and other non-perishable items to benefit local food banks. If you have any questions or would like students to stop by your neighborhood, please contact the faculty sponsor Felicia Goad at 643-0218.

Veterans Tree photos needed

“Veteran’s Trees,” decorated with photographs of Pulaski County veterans and members of the armed forces, will again be featured as part of the County’s holiday displays.

As has been done in the past, anyone wishing to submit a veteran’s photograph may do so. Photographs of any veteran or current member of the armed forces who has lived in Pulaski County at some time will be accepted. The photo, preferable of the veteran in uniform, should be framed with the size of frame and picture no larger than a 3”x4”, and not heavier than a quarter pound. Photographs are to be submitted to the Pulaski County Administration Office, 143 Third Street, NW, Suite 1, Pulaski, 24301, 980-7705 by Monday, November 11, 2016. Photos submitted after this deadline may not appear on the display.

Information to be turned in with the photograph should include:

Name of veteran
Rank/Branch of service
War or location of service
Dates of service
Name, address and phone number of person submitting photograph

The photographs will become the property of Pulaski County and will be used annually to decorate the Veteran’s Trees to be on display on the first floor of the Old Stone Courthouse during the months of November & December.

Voter registration deadline extended

RICHMOND, VA – Today, a federal district judge in Alexandria extended the deadline for citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia to register to vote through Friday, October 21, 2016.  This extension will provide all eligible Virginians with the opportunity to participate in the 2016 November General Election by registering to vote on or before October 21, 2016.

Eligible Virginians who submit a voter registration application or update an existing voter registration record in any of the following methods may participate in the 2016 November General Election:

  • In-person to the office of their local general registrar by 5pm on Friday, October 21st
  • By mail postmarked on or before Friday, October 21st
  • Online at through 11:59pm on Friday, October 21st
  • To an NVRA designated state agency, such as the DMV or a social services office, by October 21st.


Currently registered Virginia voters and eligible Virginians that have already submitted a registration application do not need to take any additional action.

Department of Elections’ Commissioner Edgardo Cortés stated, “Today’s court decision to extend the voter registration deadline through Friday, October 21st gives eligible Virginians additional time to register or update their current voter registration record.  The Department is working diligently to inform the public of this opportunity to ensure that all eligible Virginians can participate in the November General Election.  We encourage Virginians to access the Citizen’s Portal at  today or use one of the many other options available for registering to vote.”

In addition to registering to vote, Virginians may also check their current voter registration status, find their polling location and apply for an absentee ballot on the Department’s Citizen Portal at .

Obituary for Sandra Kay Meredith Taylor

Sandra Kay Meredith Taylor, age 60 of Dublin passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born February 26, 1956 in Ronceverte, WV (Greenbrier County) she was the daughter of the late James William Meredith and Deloris Duff Meredith.

She is survived by her


William Randolph “Randy” Taylor – Dublin


Michelle & Ken Kesling – Pulaski

Craig & Amanda Taylor – Pulaski


Josh Kesling – Pulaski


Kathy Meredith Smith & Dennis Cicconietti – Wooster, OH

Special Friends

Judy & Jerry Haynes, Debbie Brunk and Don & Marlene Yoder

A celebration of life will be held 2:00 PM – Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Highland Park Community Church, Dublin with the Pastor Michael Blouse officiating.  Sandy was an avid Virginia Tech fan – the family encourages those that attend to wear Hokie colors.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until service time at the Church.

To send the family your online condolences, visit

Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Taylor family.

Obituary for James William Sheppard

James William Sheppard age 85 of Alexandria, Virginia and formerly Pulaski passed away, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the INOVA-Alexandria Hospital -Alexandria, Virginia.

Born October 16, 1930, in Pulaski, he was the son of the late Charles Frank Sheppard and Helen Delp Sheppard. two brothers, Roy H. Sheppard & Clayton K. Sheppard and wife, Bobbie; and five sisters; Gay Lucado, Lala Tracy, Irene Edwards, Lena Sheppard and Nancy Sheppard also preceded her in death.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.


Nieces & Nephews

Mildred Marie Fitts, Wanda Jean Cruff, Ruth Brown, Billy Tracy, Betty Nuckolls,               George Edwards, Brenda Edwards, Lois Bond, Sandy Lyons, Joyce Day,                            Janet Lucas

Graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Pulaski, Friday 11:00 AM – October 21, 2016 with Betty Nuckolls, niece officiating.

To sign the online guestbook, visit

Arrangements by Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.