North Stokes grabbed their first conference win of the season at Bishop McGuinness in a 15-12 matchup Monday night. The Vikings came out strong with a 15-0 lead in the first quarter. Andrew Lankford broke loose for a 32-yard touchdown run and senior Blake Williams earned his fifth touchdown of the season.
“The guys came out fast and moved the ball down the field on our first two possessions. Bishop made some adjustments that slowed us down, but I feel like we lost our edge for some reason, and instead of keeping the pressure on Bishop, we made a few mental errors and laid the ball on the ground, keeping the game close,” said head coach Mitch Reeves.
Bishop scored before halftime and again in the third quarter.
“Turnovers hurt us, and it was a sloppy game, but we have to do a much better job of keeping the ball secure,” he said.
Dalton Sawyers had 93 yards on 9 carries, Williams 86 yards on 23 carries, and Lankford had six carries for 65 yards along with an impressive run in the fourth quarter on a third down.
Chase Vaden hauled in his fifth and sixth interception of the year.
“He is a playmaker on defense and has great ball skills,” Reeves said.
Last year, North fell to the Villains 53-16.
“Coach Reeves deserves a ton of credit,” said Bishop’s head coach Charles Jones. “They are so much better. They’re physical and they know what they are and they stuck to the plan.”
North travels to Mount Airy on Friday for their second conference matchup.
“We feel like we can compete each week, and if we play four quarters of solid football, and limit turnovers, we’ll have a chance to win,” Reeves said. “Mount Airy is always a struggle to prepare for. They have a fast and athletic defense, and our line has to come through on our blocking assignments in order for us to have success. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete this coming Friday in the Granite City.”
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