Hargrave takes one from Tech in JV game
By Jimmy Robertson
September 12, 2003

BLACKSBURG - Cory Holt threw one touchdown pass and Nathan Parseghian connected on a short field goal to lift the Hargrave Tigers postgraduate team past the Virginia Tech junior varsity squad 10-0 in a game played Friday afternoon at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

With the win, Hargrave improved to 3-0 on the season, while Tech fell to 0-1.

The Tigers scored on the third play of their opening possession of the game. On second-and-12 from the Tech 47, Holt went back to pass and hit Justin Harper on a fly pattern in perfect stride. The 47-yard touchdown pass and Parseghian's subsequent extra point gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead more than a minute into the game.

A Tech turnover near halftime led to the Tigers other score. Deep in Tech territory, defensive lineman Rodney Giles picked off a pass by Tech quarterback Lance Goff and returned it to the Tech 3. The Hokies' defense held, but Hargrave added three points on a 20-yard field goal by Parseghian with a little more than a minute left to go in the half.

Tech's best chance to score came early in the second half after Thomas McClelland, a 5-foot-11, 191-pound walk-on from Fredericksburg, blocked a punt that the Hokies recovered at the Hargrave 11. But on third-and-10 from the 11, Goff tried to hit receiver Michael Malone on a fade pattern and the pass was intercepted by Jonathan Hefney, ending that scoring opportunity.

Holt, a 6-4, 212-pounder from Lexington, N.C., led Hargrave, completing 4-of-10 for 66 yards and one touchdown. Holt only played the first half. Darrell Blackman rushed for 81 yards on eight carries for the Tigers and Harper caught two passes for 57 yards. Defensively for the Tigers, Hefney recorded two solo tackles and an assist, and he also broke up two passes and intercepted a pass.

Goff, a 5-11, 199-pound redshirt junior from Wytheville, Va., completed 11-of-28 for 130 yards, with two interceptions. Malone, a 6-3, 202-pound redshirt freshman from Friendswood, Texas, caught four passes for 75 yards, including a 40-yarder. Brenden Hill, a 6-1, 200-pound redshirt freshman from Newport News, Va., caught three passes for 40 yards. John Candelas, a 6-0, 209-pound sophomore from Blacksburg, led Tech's rushing attack with 25 yards on eight carries.

Defensively, Bob Ruff, a 6-1, 231-pound junior from McMurray, Pa., played well for Tech, tallying two solo tackles - both for losses - and four assists. He also had a forced fumble, two hurries and a pass break-up. Brian McPherson, a 5-10, 184-pound redshirt freshman from Madison Heights, Va., recorded five solo tackles and three assists.

Tech's junior varsity team - comprised mostly of walk-ons and third-teamers - will play its second and final game of the season on Oct. 16 against Fork Union. The game will be played at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.