DALEVILLE, Va. -

The Lord Botetourt Cavaliers started 2-0 after a win last week over Rustburg.
Running back Chris Thompson has been a large part of the Cavaliers’ early success.

Chris Thompson racked up 312 yards and four touchdowns and only played the first half in Lord Botetourt's week two victory over Rustburg.

“The blocking was excellent in that game,” Thompson said. “The line did a great job opening up holes for me and things opened up and they arm tackle a lot so that helped me out but the blocking was just excellent last week.”

In a run-oriented offense, a strong back and good linemen up front make Thompson's job easy.

“If our o-line executes well, he's going to get his yards,” Lord Botetourt coach Jamie Harless said. “He is who he is. He's a great kid. He's strong. He's fast. He's got great athletic ability. If you open the door for a guy like that he's going to go flying through it.”

And for the 6-foot, 2100pound senior that they call the dancing bear, he makes running the football seem easy.

“It's a name I got when I was in eighth grade,” Thompson said. “I was about the size of a lineman playing running back and I did a lot of jukes and dances for my size which is a little bit unorthodox for someone my size to be as quick as I was so that's how that came about. “


With last season being the first winning season Lord Botetourt has had since 2000, the Cavaliers only hope they can keep their winning ways rolling throughout 2013. Harless said Thompson is a tremendous leader.

“I just hope that we get better each week. That we perform technically better each week and that the kids understand there's a plan for what we're doing and we'll eventually grow into the team,” Harless said. “I think we eventually can be and they believe we eventually can be.”