Blue Ridge scored in each phase of the game Friday night as it rolled to a 69-7 victory against Travelers Rest.
With the win on the road, the Tigers (5-2, 3-1) keep pace in the Peach Blossom AAA Region race.
“We put all components together — scoring on offense, defense, and special teams,” Blue Ridge coach Shane Clark said. “We had a lot of refocusing to do this week, and I think we got that done.”
Blue Ridge jumped to a 35-0 halftime lead on five scoring drives that averaged six plays each. The Tigers rolled up more than 400 yards offense in the first half.
“That’s what we set out to do, and the guys just executed,” said Clark.
For the game, Blue Ridge generated more than 600 yards total offense while holding the Devildogs to less than 100.
Ty Montgomery, Vonta Jenkins, and Melvin Smith all scored rushing touchdowns in the first half. Montgomery ran 9 yards for a score while Smith’s run covered 1 yard. Jenkins rushed for touchdowns of 4 and 19 yards.
Montgomery closed the first-half scoring by passing to Brian Garrett for a 90-yard touchdown with 28 seconds left.
Travelers Rest (2-5, 0-4) didn’t generate much offense until early in the third quarter. After Blue Ridge’s Ethan Ellison had returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown, Kavasea Sullivan returned the kickoff 44 yards to the Travelers Rest 49. He then ran 43 yards to the Blue Ridge 8.
That set up Keith Clemente’s 2-yard touchdown run with 9:45 left in the third quarter for the Devildogs’ first points.
Later in the third quarter, Smith had a 1-yard touchdown run, and Clifton Duck returned a punt 55 yards for another score to increase the Tigers’ lead to 56-7.
Tamure’a Gooden and Tommy Williams scored on runs of 4 and 12 yards, respectively, to close out the scoring.
Both Jenkins and Gooden rushed for more than 100 yards.