HARRISONBURG – The venue changed. The results didn’t.
Fort Defiance lost its 20th game in a row over the past three seasons, falling to Spotswood Saturday night 47-0 at James Madison University’s Bridgeforth Stadium.
The game was the fourth and final one in the inaugural Shenandoah Valley High School Football Classic. Waynesboro started off the special event Friday night by rolling over Turner Ashby. Harrisonburg beat Broadway in the first game of the day Saturday while East Rockingham followed that up by topping Stonewall Jackson. Fort and Spotswood finished the day.
“It was a great experience,” Fort Defiance senior Zach Boyers said after the game. “You don’t realized how big [the stadium] is until you’re standing on the 50-yard line looking up, 70, a 100 feet. It was amazing. The game didn’t go the way we wanted, but it was great being out here.”
The first half was sloppy by both teams, as they combined for eight turnovers, six coming in the first quarter. But while Fort couldn’t take advantage of Spotswood’s mistakes, the Trailblazers did capitalize enough to pull away from the Indians.
After Aaron Hunter picked off a Fort pass on the first drive of the game, Spotswood scored four plays later on a 1-yard run by Zach Myers. The touchdown was set up by a 19-yard run by Brayden Dodson.
The teams then decided to play a game of giveaway. After a Fort fumble, the Indians’ Sam Hill got it back for his team with an interception. Fort moved the ball from its own 43 to Spotswood’s 26 before fumbling it back to the Trailblazers.
The teams then exchanged fumbles twice more before Spotswood could finally produce some more points from a turnover. Jonathan Good caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Alec High and the Blazers led 14-0 after a quarter.
Spotswood added two more scores in the second quarter — a 23-yard touchdown catch by Hunter and a 39-yard scoring reception by Adam Dofflemyer — to take a 27-point lead into the break.
“Football is a pretty simple game,” said Fort Defiance coach Dan Rolfe. “You turn the ball over, you’re not going to win, against any team, let alone a good team and Spotswood is a very good team. To their credit they caused a lot of these turnovers.”
Things didn’t improve for Fort in the second half. Spotswood took the ball to start the third quarter and Dodson followed a 51-yard run with a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Blazers in front by 34. It was one of three scores Spotswood added in the second half.
“It’s all about perspective,” said Boyers. “Being here is great, it’s a great experience, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but then you lose the game and it makes it worse. Now that it’s gone and being a senior, I don’t get this opportunity anymore. That’s the real sad part.”
SPOTSWOOD 14 13 14 6 — 47
FORT DEFIANCE 0 0 0 0 — 0
SHS – Myers 1 run (Griffith kick)
SHS – Good 25 pass from High (Griffith kick)
SHS – Hunter 23 pass from High (Griffith kick)
SHS – Dofflemyer 39 pass from High (kick failed)
SHS – Dodson 4 run (Griffith kick)
SHS – Ritchie 2 run (Griffith kick)
SHS – Brown 3 run (kick failed)