For the second time this season, Garrett Via scored five rushing touchdowns and rushed for over 250 yard as he put together a 267 yard day on the ground in the Alleghany Mountaineers (4-1) 39-13 road victory over the Staunton River Golden Eagles (3-2).
The first time around, Via rushed for five touchdowns against rival Bath County just a few weeks ago, where he tied Terrell Givens for the most rushing touchdowns in a single game in school history. Of the five touchdown runs against the Golden Eagles, Via’s longest came from 75 yards out which was the first points of the game put on the scoreboard in the first quarter.
Via now has 16 total touchdowns this season, with 15 of those touchdowns coming on the ground in the running game. His 15 rushing touchdowns is tied for the third most for a single season for the Mountaineers. Via, along with Givens (1999), and Bryan Hamm (1985), each have had 15.
The Mountaineers have five games to go following their victory Friday night. The single season record is owned by Givens who rushed for 23 touchdowns in 2000.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers are 4-1 for the first time since 2016.
The running game for the Mountaineers could not be solved as all six scores came in the ground attack. Andrew Cole provided the team with their other rushing touchdown, while Hayden Knighton was a defensive nightmare for the Golden Eagles as he recorded two interceptions.
The Mountaineers led the Golden Eagles 26-7 at halftime.
The Mountaineers start Three Rivers District play this Friday as they head back home this week to host the unbeaten Radford Bobcats (5-0) in what could be the game of the week for High School Football. The Bobcats won their fifth game of the season on Friday by getting past Christiansburg 21-20.
Last year, the Bobcats defeated the Mountaineers 42-6. The Mountaineers lone scoring drive in the game came on a fourth quarter seven yard touchdown pass from Eli Entsminger to Knighton.
Team Points/Quarter Total
AHS 7 19 6 7 39
SRHS 7 0 6 0 13