North Stokes had one goal at Friday’s season opener – break the streak. After two struggling seasons without a win, the Vikings not only won, but shut out Alleghany in a 23-0 victory at home.
“I’m just proud of the boys. I’m really proud of them. They showed up and fought hard,” said Vikings head coach Mitch Reeves. “They came out here ready to play. My offensive line moved people tonight. My backs ran hard. I think once they got a lead they knew they could do it and they did.”
Viking fans were on their feet early in the game when Tevin Carter forced a fumble recovered by senior Mark Tucker on the 31-yard line. Midway through the first quarter Elijah Childers intercepted a Trojan pass and Andrew Lankford put North on the board with a field goal.
Alleghany responded with a trio of first downs but the Vikings defense kept them from scoring.
North added to their lead with an interception from senior Ross Lucia, who scrambled for a 33-yard touchdown. Lankford tacked on the extra point pushing the Viks ahead 10-0.
North stopped Alleghany again before heading to the locker room off an interception from defensive back Logan Stevens.
“Our defense played their rear ends off,” Reeves said. “Dalton Sawyers, Mark Tucker, and Chase Vaden had nine tackles each.”
The Vikings came out strong in the second half. Senior Blake Williams pushed through the Trojans defense for a first down on the 38-yard line. Williams revved up again scoring his first of two touchdowns of the night. Lankford tacked on another extra point for a 17-0 lead.
“Blake Williams was outstanding,” Reeves said. “He took care of the football and made some great cuts.”
Vaden kept Alleghany at bay with an interception on the 36-yard line in the fourth quarter.
With four minutes left in the game Williams sealed the win for North breaking loose for another touchdown run.
Reeves said his team came out ready to play.
“Jackson (Moorefield) executed well and took care of the ball tonight,” he said. “And Dalton Sawyers played both sides of the ball.”
Four-year varsity starter Austin Tucker said the season opener was an important win for his team.
“It’s a big relief. We worked hard in the summer to get here and it was worth it,” he said. “I knew after the first quarter we had it. We went down there and we drove and pushed them around. No one was going to stop us.”
Tucker said it was a good feeling to see his teammates laughing and smiling. He also believes his coaches deserved the win as much as the players.
“Mitch (Reeves) has worked his butt off ever since he’s come out here to coach. He’s one of the hardest workers out here along with coach Anderson,” he said. “The win is a big eye opener for us. We’re going to do something this season. And all the other teams, we’re coming for ya’ll.”
North Stokes host South Davidson (0-1) on Friday in their second game of the season.
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