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Friendship drops region opener on the road

Jeff Neal • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 11:33 PM

GORDONSVILLE — Friendship Christian dropped is Region 4-A opener on the road to Gordonsville 28-7 Friday night at Turney Ford Field.

Tiger quarterback Chaz Smith and running back Cody Woodmore each went over 100 yards rushing and combined for three scores on the night.

"He did not go down with the first hit," Commander coach John McNeal said of Woodmore. "Hats off to them. I thought they played hard and we did too."

After a Friendship Christian punt, Gordonsville took over at its own 21-yard line.

The Tigers managed to drive the ball 14 plays and 79 yards, capped by a 2-yard run by Woodmore, the first of his two  scores on the night.

The second time Gordonsville touched the ball the Tigers scored another touchdown. On a quarterback sneak, Smith took off through the line and raced 68 yards for the score making the game 14-0 in favor of the home team.

Friendship Christian got on the scoreboard before the end of the first half.

It took the Commanders nine plays to drive 74 yards. The key play was on third and 13 when quarterback Kyle Neal threw a 17-yard pass to Chris Hall. Neal took the ball the final yard as the horn sounded for the end of the half.

To open the second half, the Commanders kicked to the Tigers. Gordonsville had trouble holding onto the ball and Friendship recovered at the Gordonsville 30. The Tiger defense stiffened and sacked Neal on fourth down, turning the ball over to the G-Men.

Gordonsville went on an eight-play, 65-yard drive, keeping the ball in Woodmore's hands. Woodmore finished off the drive with a 12-yard run.

For the game, Woodmore had 24 carries for 117 yards and the two scores.

Gordonsville closed out the scoring on a reverse near midfield as J.D. Webb took the pitch and raced down the sidelines 46 yards for the touchdown.

"They executed their plays and we did not make our plays work." McNeal said after his Commanders slipped to 2-1 for the campaign.

Friendship Christian will host region rival Clay County at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Pirtle Field. Gordonsville (2-1) (1-0) will host Trousdale County in a top-10 battle at 7 p.m. next Friday at Ford Field.

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