Photo: Elizabeth Bennett Photography
The annual Tazewell/Graham game has been one sided the last few years.
Is there change in the air for 2018?
Much like 2017, the 2018 season has started similar for both Graham and Tazewell, with both falling in week one. Graham lost to arch rival Bluefield (38-14), while Tazewell fell short against Virginia High (37-30) in week one.
Last season saw the Graham G-Men came out of the gate on all cylinders to lead the Bulldogs at the half 46-0, before finally winning a final tally of 52-8.
The G-Men finished with 361 yards on the ground and 52 yards through the air for 413 yards total. They held the young Bulldog team to a total of 54 yards on a wet and unusually chilly game in early September.
Graham lost speedy and dynamic receiver Taymon Cooke, who now wears green himself at Marshall, to graduation. The G-Men return plenty of fire power in senior Purdue-commit QB Cameron Allen, Junior “do-all” player Devin Lester and a duo of powerful running backs, Jazaire Reed and Trey Booker.
Allen accounted for over 350 yards against a big and fast defense in the battle of the Bluefield’s this past Friday night.
Tazewell had big performances from sophomore Chancellor Harris and sophomore Josiah Jordan in their loss opening night. Harris ran for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Jordan ran for another 83 and had a 76 yard touchdown catch. On defense, Jacob Witt and Trae Thompson had a big night for the Dogs, each collecting a sack to compliment a number of tackles against an experienced Virginia High team.
Tazewell fans were impressed with what they saw Friday night, considering the Dogs lost their week one matchup against Virginia High in 2017, 35-0.
It’ll all happen Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Vote now as to how you think the game will turn out!
I’m a 2003 graduate of Tazewell High School and love the town I grew up in. After graduation I continued my education at Radford University getting my Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Personally my life revolves around my family and main profession. I have an amazing wife and two beautiful, sweet little girls. Throughout the week you can find me at Ramey Automotive in Richlands where I’m the General Manager. I’m blessed to be a part of a family business that is eager to support multiple things and especially high school football.
My grandmother lives in Bastian, Va and she has a sign that hangs in her carport that says “If you’re lucky enough to live in the mountains, you’re lucky enough”. Man is that sign true. I’ve lived here all my life and there’s a few things constant; high school football being one of them. In 2017 I was fortunate to get to provide the color commentary for Tazewell Football on Kicks Country and G98 radio. I’ll continue to do so this year as well. Follow me as I share past stories and cover your Tazewell High School Football team throughout the season.