Tina Atkins/For the Times Red Boiling Springs junior Trevor Rojo carries the football upfield during Friday evening's 36-14 loss to visiting Gordonsville.

Tina Atkins/For the Times

Red Boiling Springs junior Trevor Rojo carries the football upfield during Friday evening's 36-14 loss to visiting Gordonsville.

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- Red Boiling Springs High head football coach Matt Swoner talked of how that his squad has faced a lot of adversity this season before the Bulldogs went in search of its first win against visiting Gordonsville on Friday night.

The Bulldogs gained a season high 327 yards of total offense in the contest, but Tigers were too much, handing the Bulldogs a 36-12 setback.

"We did some things well tonight," Swoner said. "We competed well against a much bigger, stronger and faster team."

Gordonsville -- a team that entered the contest with only one win this season (a 42-18 victory over visiting Pickett County on Sept. 6) -- received the ball on its opening possession, and on its first play from scrimmage, running back Jalen Brown took the handoff and ran 65 yards for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs responded with a 60-yard drive of its own, down to the Tigers' 1 yard line. The Bulldogs were facing a fourth-and-goal when they turned to senior Walker Reynolds to take the snap on a quarterback sweep to the strong side of the field. Reynolds was tackled for a loss in the backfield on the play, and the Tigers took over on downs late in the first quarter.

"They had some size on their interior defensive line that motivated that play call," Swoner said. "If I had to do it over, I would sneak it."

Gordonsville capitalized on its defensive stand and took the ball down the field for a seven-play, 94 yard touchdown drive. The Tigers converted on the extra-point attempt, making the score 15-0.

On the following possession, Bulldog quarterback Aubrey Link had his pass intercepted.

The Tigers wasted no time in making the most of the opportunity. Gordonsville converted for a 35-yard touchdown pass and catch on its first play after the turnover, making the score 22-0 with 9:19 left in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs responded once again on its following offensive possession and moved the ball down the field against the Tigers. However, a few penalties and negative plays caused the drive to stall, and the Tigers took over on downs at their own 42 yard line.

Gordonsville once again exploited the Bulldogs through the air as they connected on a 58-yard pass and catch for a touchdown, extending the halftime lead to 29-0.

Gordonsville picked up right where it left off as the Tigers executed a four-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to create a 36-point margin early in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs responded with a 68-yard drive of their own, which resulted in a touchdown run by junior Dylen Templeton.

Templeton added another rushing touchdown in the waning minutes of the game to create the final margin of victory.

"Gordonsville is a good football team," Swoner said. "They had some size and speed that we couldn't match tonight."

The Tigers improved to 2-5 overall and to 2-1 in Region 4-1A.

RBS fell to 0-6 overall and to 0-3 in 4-1A.

RBS hosts Clinton County (Kentucky) on Friday night. Clinton County improved to 3-2 with a 34-22 victory at Green County (Kentucky) last Friday.

Red Boiling Springs hasn't played Clinton County since 2016, with the Bulldogs capturing a 34-28 win.

"Clinton County is a good football team," Swoner said. "They have won three games, and we haven't won any. So, it's going to be tough."