Radford kicks off football season with Hall of Fame night

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The first Friday of the football season was also Hall of Fame night for the Radford Bobcats.

They hoped to honor their past with a little present magic against George Wythe.

Six Radford legends took the field, the newest members of the school's Hall of Fame

It includes Radford University's Athletic Director Robert Lineburg, who took the field with his legendary father Norm, who the football field is named for.

"Joining him here tonight, and being able to walk out on the field with him tonight is certainly a great moment in our life," Robert Lineburg said.

The game started with a blocked punt for Radford!

On their next offensive play, it's an option to P.J. Prioleau who takes off for the game's first score.

"It felt nice being a freshman, getting the first score. I saw the open hole, but after that, next play," Radford High School Freshman P.J. Prioleau said.

But George Wythe was on to the next.

Quarterback Deacon Beamer is going to be sacked, but he throws it up and and Jacquez Younger comes down with it for the tying score.

Then in the second, Beamer would do what he did all game and take it himself up the middle, this time for the score.

"They were just flying out on the jet that we run and we put in a play where I'd take off up the middle if he does that and it worked out well," George Wythe Senior Deaon Beamer said.

Just before half-time, trying to cut the lead, the Bobcats settle for a 31-yard field goal.

That field goal keeps it nice and close at half time, setting up for a raucus second half for these fans who are definitely ready for it.

Maybe the fans were the reason the only action in the third were two George Wythe field goals that were called back.

But the special teams foils would continue into the fourth as the ball soars over Radford's 6' 3" punter Payton Hollins.

That would set up the Maroons close for this dagger touchdown for Isaiah Sawyers.

"Being in the endzone, seeing all my teammates around me, it was a team effort, there isn't much more you could want," George Wythe junior said.

Both teams would score again late, and Radford was driving with time running out, but George Wythe would end the drive and win the game 26-18.