{mosimage}Holston 27, St. Paul 20

Holston ran up a 20-6 lead, then held on for the Jason Matlock’s first win as head coach.

Eric Mefford scored on runs of 45 and two yards for Holston, who also got a 51-yard scamper and a 2-yard TD. Josh Brooks scored two touchdowns for St. Paul
{mosimage} Holston 40, Twin Springs 14

Aaron Reynolds rushed for 185 yards on seven carries and scored three times as Holston improved to 2-0 with a non-district road win.

The score was actually 7-6 at one point in the third quarter, before Holston pulled away. The key play was Will Neccesary’s 73-yard kickoff return for a TD.

Reynolds scored on runs of 72, 49 and 72 as Holston eclipsed last year’s win total. C.J. Blevins and Ethan Cline also scored touchdowns.

{mosimage}Just go ahead and drop the rookie status from Holston head coach Jason Matlock. After watching his Cavaliers orchestrate yet another track meet Friday, the first-year skipper knew what was going to hit him with two minutes remaining.

The weekly cooler bath, the third such dousing received by Matlock this season, was again on time and joyous for Holston, which racked up 427 yards of total offense en route to a 49-28 victory over host John Battle.

"We want to keep doing that to him every week," said Holston running back Eric Mefford, who rushed for a game-high 145 yards and two scores. "That’s because our offensive line continued to block well, and it really paid off for us."

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{mosimage}Holston’s Eric Mefford rushed for 107 yards and scored three touchdowns on Friday night. However, a play on special teams may have been the highlight of the night.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior delivered a highlight-reel hit on punt coverage in the first quarter, and the play shifted the momentum in Holston’s favor as the unbeaten Cavaliers opened Hogoheegee District play with a 43-21 win over Northwood.

Holston and J.I. Burton are now the only two unbeaten teams in Southwest Virginia. Not many people figured the Cavaliers (5-0, 1-0) would be on that list at the beginning of the season. The team went just 1-9 last season and was picked to finish last in the district preseason coaches poll.

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BRISTOL HERALD COURIER

DAMASCUS – Formerly downtrodden Holston improved to 4-0 under first-year coach Jason Matlock Saturday, edging Bland County 7-6 in a non-district game.

John Pratt’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Brent Clifton in the third quarter was the Cavaliers’ lone score. The difference came on each team’s PAT attempts – Holston’s Jeffrey Bramlett nailed his and the Bears’ was ruined due to a bad snap.

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