For the first time this season, there is a change at the top of the Rundown Five Power Rankings.
#1 Pulaski County Cougars (8-1)
Prior to their game with Pulaski County, the Patrick Henry Patriots (6-4) had put up at least 20 points in every game they played this season. And then the Cougars came to town.
Pulaski County won 27-10 while holding Patrick Henry to just over 100 yards of offense. While the defense locked down the Patriots, the Cougars offense racked up nearly 300 rushing yards for the night.
The biggest test of the season for the surging Cougars will come this week when the Salem Spartans (8-1) come to town. Like Pulaski County, Salem has a dominant defense paired with a powerful running game.
Pulaski County is playing at a very high level, but are they capable of winning a state championship this year? That question will be answered at the conclusion of next Friday’s contest.
#2 Radford Bobcats (7-2)
The normally high-flying Bobcats offense never came to life against Floyd County (6-4) and Radford lost its second game of the season by a score of 14-12.
This loss may have been just what the doctor ordered before the Bobcats enter the playoffs. If Radford uses this game as a wake-up call, it could really motivate them to play their best football when it really counts.
#3 Blacksburg Bruins (6-3)
The Bruins had the week off and should be well-rested and prepared for the Battle of the Burgs this week. If they can come out of Christiansburg with a win, the momentum could really help them make a playoff run.
#4 Christiansburg Blue Demons (4-5)
Christiansburg picked up its fourth win of the season with some explosive big plays over Cave Spring (1-8).
Tight end Jake Clemons was on the receiving end of two long touchdown passes from QB MJ Hunter, while RB Maston “Big Nasty” Stanley also scored twice on a kickoff return and a 34 yard scamper to the end zone.
This Friday’s game against Blacksburg will be huge for the Blue Demons because a victory would mean the first winning record for the team in the past five years.
#5 Giles Spartans (2-7)
The Spartans put up a fight against Glenvar (6-4) but dropped their seventh of the season by a score of 42-21.
Giles has been out-gunned in most games this year, but they’ve never given up. This team definitely has a lot of heart, and they have a chance to finish on a winning note when they face James River (4-5) this week.