Clifton Leads Tech Jayvee Team to Win
Harper catches two scores, Walton intercepts two passes in 15-7 win over Fork Union
November 19, 2004

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech jayvee football squad came from behind, thanks to two touchdown passes from Chris Clifton to Justin Harper, to defeat Fork Union Military Academy, 15-7, Friday afternoon on the Tech practice field. D.J. Walton intercepted two passes, including one to stop the final drive deep in Tech territory, preserving the win.

The Blue Devils scored first when Mark Parson scooped up a John Candelas fumble and returned it 31 yards to make it 7-0. That would be the only score of the first half.

In the third quarter, Clifton led an 80-yard scoring drive, capped by an 11-yard pass to Harper on a fade to the right side. The extra point attempt was blocked, making it 7-6. With 9:44 left in the game, Nic Schmitt connected on a 25-yard field goal to give the Hokies their first lead of the game.

Clifton once again found Harper, this time on a deep pass down the right sideline, for a 45-yard touchdown pass to give Tech a 15-7 lead when the PAT failed.

Fork Union tried to mount a game-tying drive, led by quarterback Durrell Barry, but Walton intercepted a pass at the 10-yard line to wrap up the game.

For the Hokies, Candelas carried the ball 16 times for 72 yards. Brandon Perez led the way for FUMA, tallying 47 yards on seven carries.

Clifton was 7-for-18 for 141 yards and two touchdowns, but threw two interceptions. Harper had two receptions for 56 yards and two scores while Michael Malone caught two passes for 33 yards. Tight end Andrew Fleck caught two passes for 49 yards. FUMA used four different quarterbacks and threw for 169 yards on 11-of-22 passing. Derrick McPhearson caught three passes for 70 yards while Kevyn Murray caught four passes for 47 yards.

Chris Albright intercepted a pass for the Hokies. Walton also had a fumble recovery, as did Chris Ceasar.

Tech's jayvee team is 1-0 on the year while FUMA falls to 6-4.