Top-ranked Highlanders put 49 on the board before the queen is crowned

Glenvar’s Billy Alexander(#3) breaks free from two Alleghany defenders and heads toward the end zone in last Friday’s GHS win.

Once the Homecoming ceremonies were through there was really no reason to hang around Highlander Stadium last Friday as Glenvar played host to Alleghany in football.

It was already 49-0 at the half and, with a running clock, folks couldn’t get to their cars soon enough after the Homecoming Queen was crowned. “We executed our game plan well and the kids played hard,” said Glenvar coach Kevin Clifford after the 49-7 win. “Everyone expected us to win, and sometimes it’s hard to do what you’re supposed to do when it’s time to do it. We focused on the task at hand.” Glenvar came in undefeated and Alleghany was winless. It didn’t take long to see why as the Highlanders went through the Mountaineer defense like a hot knife through butter.

Glenvar scored three first quarter touchdowns on 49 and 22 yard runs by Bradey Loder and a 31 yard pass play from Landry Gerbers to Billy Alexander. The Highlanders took the Mountaineers out of the frying pan and threw them in the fire in the second quarter. Gerbers hit Nick Sebolt on a 31 yard scoring hookup, then Loder scored two more, one from one yard out and one from 13. Glenvar wrapped up the half with a 15 yard TD pass from Gerbers to Alexander to make it 49-0 for the Homecoming celebration. Kaid Fuhrman was perfect on all seven extra point kicks. Most of the Glenvar starters didn’t touch the field in the second half. Both teams had the ball two possessions each as the running clock ripped through the third and fourth quarters. Alleghany ruined Glenvar’s shutout when the Highlanders fumbled on their own three, but it took the Mountaineers three plays to finally score.

“We really don’t care about stats, but we never want people to score,” said Clifford, as the Highlanders lost a chance for their first shutout of the season. While Clifford doesn’t care about stats, Glenvar had some good ones, mostly rung up in the first half. Gerbers was 12 for 15 passing for 277 yards and three TDs. Alexander caught six passes for 115 yards, Sebolt had four catches for 99 and Justice Forster and Loder had one catch each. Loder led the rushing with 122 yards on nine carries with four rushing touchdowns. On defense Colby Street had 12 tackles, including a sack and two tackles for losses. Maxx Philpott had seven tackles, with three for losses, and forced a fumble. Blake Custer had 11 tackles and Jake Crowder had four, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Now 7-0, Glenvar leads Region 2C in the weekly rankings. Second is 6-1 Radford, who the Highlanders will host on the last Friday of the regular season.

“We’re not at all concerned about that,” said Clifford. “There are so many intangibles. All that matters is what we do today. Let’s go out there and get better today.” Glenvar is at Floyd County this Friday. The Buffaloes are struggled at 1-6 but Glenvar won’t be taking them lightly. “They’re physical and they’ll play us tough,” said Clifford. “They lost some tough games. Coach (Winfred) Beale does a great job and they don’t like us. It won’t be an easy game.”

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