Cave Spring welcomed Salem to Bogle Stadium in Southwest Roanoke County this week. The Knights hadn't forgotten last year's matchup in which they led 26 to nothing in the 2nd quarter, only to watch the Spartans rally with 29 unanswered points for a 3 point win.
The Salem cheerleaders were showing the spirit and showing some support for Cave Spring student Kendall Bayne and her fight against cancer.
The Spartans struck first. Fullback Devonte Payne took the handoff and scooted 16 yards to the zone and it was 7-nothing Salem halfway through the first quarter. Cave Spring tried to answer but Connor Baker's pass got picked off by JaMal Holland and he sliced and diced 20 yards on the return back to the 13 yard line. Four plays later, on fourth down, Salem pulled a wildcat snap to Chad Fisher and he lobbed it up to quarterback Matt Hill and the 6-5 Hill snagged it for the TD and it was 14-nothing Salem.
They keep things rolling. Baker got intercepted again by Jaelen Daniels and he made an extraordinary play on a pick 6, going 73 yards for the score. The Spartans were on top by 3 touchdowns only to watch Cave rally to tie it late.
But Salem bounced back to win this one 28 to 21.