The Blue Ridge District has been strong early in the season. William Byrd and William Fleming suffered their first losses of the season last week. On Friday night the two were in bounce back mode at Bob Patterson Stadium.
The Terriers and Colonels renewed their rivalry Friday night, with Byrd coming into the contest and 3-1, trying to rebound from a major loss to Magna Vista last week.
As for the visitors, William Fleming is 2-1 on the year and has won the last six meetings against the Terriers -- granted the last time they faced each other was in 2006.
William Fleming and William Byrd met for the first time in seven seasons. After losing by 30 points last week, the Terriers bounced back in a big way. Zac Hill got the scoring going, capping off their opening drive. Terriers up 7- nothing.
"I was proud of their response, particularly the way we came out on the opening drive, took it right to them and right down the field,” William Byrd Head Coach Jeff Highfill said. “We talked all week that this was about us and our response. That's what this week was about."
Byrd had a slight hiccup later first when the ball popped loose. Fleming recovered but couldn’t capitalize on the turnover, still trailing by 7 heading in to the second quarter.
More from Hill and the Byrd running game as he gets the hard earned 9-yard touchdown getting that final push across the goal line from his teammates. Just two minutes later, Byrd made it a three-score lead when Simeon Horstmann ran it in from 15 yards out. Horstmann also scored the two-point conversion. Back to Hill who got some more great blocking from his teammates, allowing him to get loose for the 33 yard score for his third rushing touchdown of the night.
"I followed my backs and my line blocks great and I just find the holes," said Hill, who had three touchdowns.
Highfill said, "Obviously you're not going anywhere without the blocking and our line's gotten better and better. We've always talked about starting the backs. LJ and Simeon are one and two in our weight room in strength and Zac's number 3 so having all of them in the back, that allows us to have our 3 strongest where ever we're going."
The Terriers took a 28- nothing lead into the locker room and it was more of the same when they took the field in the second half. Horstmann scored again with 4 minutes to go in the third quarter to cue the running clock. The Colonels tacked on a late TD, but William Byrd won it 35-7.
"Like Coach always says, it's a team effort. You never win a game with one person. It takes an entire team. We had some flaws here and there but together we gathered and made some blocks that helped us get into the end zone," Simeon Horstmann said.
Zac Hill, "We went hard all week in practice. Actually we usually only go full pads two days a week but this week we went full pads every day this week and we just went hard this week and bounced back."
"I had some question marks and I still know what the question marks are. We just gotta keep working. That's what we'll do. We'll keep working," William Fleming coach Bobby Martin said.