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R-S Central Takes County Crown

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Rutherford County's 2015 Football Champion is R-S Central.

There was no doubt about last Friday's contest. R-S Central handled business and easily won 42-0 over East Rutherford. The Hilltoppers offense is peaking at the right time as they scored 28 the week before and now 42 with all six touchdowns coming on the ground against the East Rutherford.

The defense was just as superb in producing their first shutout of the season. Central came up with three turnovers and held East to under 8 first downs in the game.

Tyrese Tate, Austin Dorsey and Keith Ervin were the catalyst on offense for the Hilltoppers. East Rutherford was their own enemy at times as they racked up well over 100 yards of penalties in the game.

R-S Central now has a solid chance of getting win number six on the season when they go to Burns this coming week. East Rutherford will host Chase and hope to collect their fifth win of the season and a playoff berth.

Thomas Jefferson played tough with Pine Lake Prep for a quarter, but eventually lost 30-3 in the Southern Piedmont 1A. Thomas Jefferson ended the first quarter only down 8-3, but it wouldn't stay that way. The Gryphons will finish no better than third overall in the conference, but they should get a high seed in the 1A playoffs. Their last regular season game comes this Friday when they host Highland Tech.

Chase fell 30-7 to East Burke, but not without a stout defensive night. Tyger McSwain provided a lot of defense and Bruce Squires was the only Chase player to reach the end zone on a kickoff return.

Chase, who allowed just 10 first downs last week has a good chance to get back into the win column when they visit East Rutherford. Expect a low scoring defensive battle between the two.

Although Chase has only won two football games this season, the other kind of futbol team is doing pretty well. The Trojans mens soccer team will go into the 2A playoffs with the home field advantage after winning the SMAC crown this season. It's their first ever undefeated regular season and conference title, finishing it at 18-0-1 and 16-0. Playoffs start November 4.

This past Sunday, Jeff Gordon finished off his Martinsville Cup career in style. A ninth career victory at the paperclip, 93rd overall in Cup and the first to punch his ticket into the last round of the championship playoffs.

Richard Petty had a fan appreciation tour in 1992 and every track has set up a Jeff Gordon farewell tour this season. That should tell you how big a deal Sunday was in NASCAR history. Only two drivers in the last quarter century has made that kind of impact on the sport. How fitting it was for Gordon to win at his best track in his final attempt. The crowd went crazy and the race itself lived up to the billing.

Meanwhile, Joey Logano sustained the biggest shock of the season. Logano was leading in the final 35 laps and seemed to have the car to beat. Matt Kenseth, whose car was limping around after Logano's teammate Brad Keselowski spun Kenseth out decided to exact revenge. Kenseth was taken out at Kansas by Logano a couple of weeks ago and had threatened to exact revenge on Logano. Martinsville is just the place to do it.

As Logano zoomed past, Kenseth drove Logano into the first turn wall and then stuck on the curb. Both cars were destroyed. No doubt, it was deliberate as Kenseth admitted it.

The crash ultimately gave Jeff Gordon the lead, which he eventually held off a late surge by Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr at the end.

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