Through the monsoon went HCS to visit two Hanover County freshmen who have already made their mark in football and women's volleyball.
1) Sam Rogers played often, at tailback and on special teams as Virginia Tech won the first triple overtime game in Lane Stadium history, 29-21 over Marshall. 33 plays for Rogers by our count, most blocking, but QB Logan Thomas missed a wide open Rogers on a key fourth quarter pass. The Hokies, behind for over half of the game, finally tied things up with 3:09 to go on a TD pass from Thomas that was tipped before being caught in the end zone by Willie Byrn.
Each team failed to score in the first two overtimes as the rain poured and the winds swirled. Thomas finally took the game into his hands, scoring a touchdown and the mandatory 2-point conversion in the third overtime. The Tech defense, stalwarts in the second half while the offense sputtered, stopped the Thundering Herd one last time to seal the victory.
2) We visited 89-year old Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Virginia next to see freshman Karlie Suber and the Cavaliers battle in-state foe William & Mary. The Tribe won the first set 26-24 before the Wahoos took the next three sets to win in four to advance to 7-5. Suber played in the first two sets and had six digs.
Virginia gets ready for ACC play, having to travel to Duke and Wake Forest before returning to Charlottesville October 11th and 12th. Karlie is one of four freshmen active on the roster and getting a lot of playing time, and thus, key growth experience in weekend tourneys as the Cavs prep for the ACC.
3) Deshaun Rogers had two kick returns for 27 yards total and a solo tackle as Randolph-Macon outlasted Bethany (WV) College Saturday 36-28. Will McGhee had a monster game, rushing 42 times for 296 yards to lead the Jackets, now 2-1, who have a bye next week before starting ODAC play at home October 5th.
Add in Donte Haynesworth's work on defense with Norfolk State, and the Class of 2013 is already making its mark at the next level, with many other athletes waiting in the wings come winter and spring.
We'll have a wrap-up of this special Saturday tour in Thursday's Hanover Herald-Progress.
It's NFL Week 3....enjoy it! We'll rest up and get ready for another full week of high school and college action, including two volleyball internet broadcasts:
Tuesday 9/24: Boys Volleyball: Mills Godwin at Patrick Henry, 6:45pm
Thursday 9/26: Girls Volleyball: Lee-Davis at Hanover, 6:55pm
Listen to both right here at HanoverCountySports.net from HCS Media Network!
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