FORT DEFIANCE – An impressive first half passing game and dominant defense gave the Harrisonburg Blue Streaks a 40-6 win over Fort Defiance on Friday night.
Harrisonburg opened the game with a three-play, 45 second drive for their first score when quarterback A.C. White threw to Rakweon Smith, who ran in for the touchdown. A fumble ended Fort’s inaugural drive deep in their own territory allowing Harrisonburg to follow-up with a quick second touchdown when White threw to KeeShawn Perry. Another stalled Fort drive, another Harrisonburg score, when White passed to David Gamboa-Pena in the end zone. The first quarter ended with the Streaks up 20.
If the story of the first quarter was touchdowns, the second was turnovers. Harrisonburg opened the second quarter recovering a Fort fumble that left them 33 yards out. One play later they scored, but the points were taken away on a holding penalty. Pushed back past mid-field, a Harrisonburg fumble put Fort in Blue Streak territory for the first time of the night.
One play later, a fumble put the ball back in Harrisonburg’s hands. White carried in from 44 yards for the fourth touchdown of the evening. Fort’s drive was cut short on the second play with a Harrisonburg interception that put the Blue Streaks on the 43 yard line. Three carries by Marcus Robinson-Jenkins ended with Robinson-Jenkins in the end zone. Harrisonburg got in one more touchdown for the half, Robinson-Jenkins scoring on a pass from White.
Despite the deficit the Indians never gave up the fight in the second half, scrapping for every yard on carries, many by senior quarterback Trenton Campbell, but their drives could not break the Blue Streak defense. A restrained Harrisonburg offense made for a scoreless third quarter.
The first play of the final quarter resulted in a fumble recovered by the Indians. The Fort Defiance drive that followed ended with a 26 yard carry by Matthew Wonderley to put the Indians on the board. They held the next Blue Streaks drive on the 5-yard line.
“Every game we make improvements in different facets of the game and eventually we’re going to put one together where everyone plays that game at the same time and once we do that we’ll finally show what we’re capable of,” said Fort Defiance head coach Dan Rolfe. “These are great kids and there’s a lot of pressure on them. It’s been a while since we’ve won a game and I think sometime that pressure gets to them. We’re a work in progress.”
The loss drops Fort Defiance’s record to 0-8 for the season. They will take on the Little Giants next Friday in Waynesboro. Harrisonburg improves to 5-3. The Blue Streaks will host R.E. Lee in Harrisonburg on Oct. 28.
FORT DEFIANCE 0 0 0 6 — 6
HARRISONBURG 20 20 0 0 — 40
H – Smith 40 pass from White
H – Perry 13 pass from White (Gonzalez-Cavazos kick)
H – Gamboa-Pena 12 pass from White (Gonzalez-Cavazos kick)
H – White 44 carry (Gonzalez-Cavazos kick)
H – Robinson-Jenkins 6 carry (Gonzalez-Cavazos kick)
H- Robinson-Jenkins 13 pass from White
FD – Wonderley 26 carry