All three Wythe County schools have new head coaches this season and Friday two of them, Chris Akers and Tom Hale, met as Fort Chiswell hosted Rural Retreat.
The Pioneers were ready to hold serve on the home turf against the Indians. They got off to a great start. Dallas Ward got the call and went untouched for the TD and the Fort then went for two.
Ethan Warden sent a halfback option pass to Colby Rider for 2. That put the Pioneers at an 8-nothing advantage.
Rural Retreat tried to answer. Nolan Ryan had a fastball. He danced 48 yards the other way for the Indians, but a fumble ended the threat as Fort Chiswell took over, wasting the nice run.
Ward was at it again just a few minutes later. This time he rambled up the gut and went 61 yards to the house. The Pioneers were up 14-nothing.
The quarterback, Taylor Gilman made it a three-score game as he called his own number on a 17-yard keeper for the touchdown and it was 22-nothing.
Midway through the second quarter, the Indians finally got on the board with Trent O'Neill who went on the sneak from a yard out. But there wasn't nearly enough of that. Fort Chiswell won it 50 to 22.