Radford Loses on Last Play of Game

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#18 Max Kanipe on the reception – he would finish the game with 132 yards on 5 receptions. (Elizabeth Kanipe/The Patriot) 

The Patriot
On Friday, Radford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the undefeated 1972 team.  This year’s Bobcats had visions of duplicating what the 1972 team accomplished.   Glenvar had other ideas.  Glenvar came into the game with a 5-3 record having just lost to the Floyd team that Radford had just beat with a last minute goal line stand.

Radford received the opening kickoff and returned the ball to the 32 yard line.  Landen Clark made a 10 yard run and then hit Marcell Baylor for a 13 yard gain.  Glenvar hit Baylor several feet out of bounds adding another 15 yards to the play.  David Woodward scored from 23 yards out to give the Bobcats the early lead.

Glenvar would answer with a score of their own.  RB Shane Gibson scored on an 11 yard run with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.  On Radford’s next possession, Clark connected with Max Kanipe for a 58 yard pass completion to the 12 yard line.  The drive stalled and Evan Rupe kicked a 20 yard field goal that put the Bobcats back in the lead.

The next score would come after the Highlanders took over possession at midfield.  Jackson Swanson ran for 21 yards to get Glenvar in the red zone.  The drive stalled and Tyler Pierce kicked a 27 yard field goal to tie the game at 10.  Radford would answer on their next drive.  Clark completed passes to Kanipe, Prioleau and Baylor.  Woodward scored from 3 yards out to put the Bobcats back in the lead.  Radford’s Prioleau then intercepted a Glenvar pass at the Bobcat 32 giving Radford possession.  Clark scrambled for 30 yards to get to Highlander territory.  Passes to Kanipe and Prioleau got the ball inside the 10 yard line where Evan Rupe kicked a 24 yard field goal as time expired.

Glenvar received the second half kickoff at the 25 yard line.  QB Dawyot ran several times for good yardage and eventually hit Gabriel Ford for a 10 yard TD getting Glenvar within 3 points.   Radford started their next drive but it stalled after a 53 yard pass was called back for a block in the back penalty.  Radford punted where Glenvar took over at midfield.  Dawyot again connected with Ford for a 48 yard touchdown giving the Highlanders the lead 24-20 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

Radford got their next opportunity to score when Clark hit Kanipe on a screen pass.  Kanipe took the ball up the sideline where it appeared he scored but the officials called him out of bounds at the 13.  Clark would hit Prioleau for a 14 yard touchdown to put the Bobcats back in the lead 11 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Highlanders would respond by grinding out a 13-play drive that resulted in a touchdown with Dawyot passed to Swanson from the 6 yard line.  Glenvar led with 6:50 left in the game and a 4 point lead.  The Bobcats would need to respond to have a chance to stay undefeated.   Clark took to the air once again to get Radford in the red zone.  He connected with Prioleau from 5 yards to put Radford up by 3 with 2:50 left in the game.

This time it was Glenvar’s chance to answer.  Dawyot found a wide open Ford for 47 yards to get the ball deep in Radford territory.  The clock was becoming a factor.  The Highlanders got to first and goal with just under a minute left in the game.  Radford stopped the run twice and saw a Dawyot pass fall incomplete, setting up fourth and goal with 5 seconds left in the game.  Dawyot faked a handoff and threw to the back corner of the endzone where Ford caught the ball to give Glenvar the win.

Clark passed 23 for 31 for 286 yards and 2 TDs.  He also rushed for 42 yards on 15 carries.  Kanipe had 132 yards on 5 receptions.  Prioleau finished with 100 yards on 8 receptions.  For Glenvar, Dawyot was 19-29 for 252 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Ford led in receiving with 144 yards on 8 carries.

Radford will be home again on Thursday, Nov. 3 against James River where they will celebrate Senior Night.

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#22 Sam Khandan-Barani with a great defensive stop at the goal line. (Elizabeth Kanipe/The Patriot)