Landrum faces fierce rival in Christ Church

Published 7:13 pm Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cole McDowell weaves his way through the Blacksburg defense behind a blocker. (photo by Joey Millwood)

It’s the game that Landrum coach Russell Mahaffey refused to talk about all season.
The Cardinals football team has endured one of its most successful seasons ever on the gridiron. The Cardinals are 8-1 and are one win away from a region championship.
Landrum’s one blemish was a game against 2A Liberty that they lost in the waning seconds.
Now the last thing standing between Landrum and the Region II-2A Championship is one of its fiercest rivals on the gridiron – Christ Church.
The Cardinals have struck a strong balance this season. The offense has been consistently strong, averaging 28 points per game.
The defense has stepped up to the challenge and has been dominant at times. They’ve come up with big stop after big stop when the Cardinals needed it most.
Offensively, the consistent thread this season has been quarterback Brandon Cannon.
Cannon has thrown for 11 touchdowns and ran for 11 touchdowns this season. Cannon has ran for 698 yards this season and tailback Cole McDowell has ran for 604 yards.
Defensively, the Cardinals have been led by Ryan Herbst, T.J. Fincher and Alex Bryant. Herbst leads the team in tackles with 41 solo tackles and ten tackles for a loss.
The Cavaliers will come into the game 8-1 as well with their only blemish being a loss to Liberty.
The game is shaping up to be a heavyweight fight. It should be an explosive offensive showing with two talented quarterbacks in Cannon and Christ Church’s Hunter Townes.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church.

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