It was an electric night of football at the Keith Gore Athletic Complex in Walnut Cove Friday night. South Stokes came close to snapping their six game losing streak, but instead fell 42-35 to Forbush in a tough-fought Western Piedmont Conference opener.
“The kids played hard and left it on the field,” said Saura coach Jonathan Frasher.
Forbush scored on their first possession with a run up the middle from the 15-yard line.
Saura quarterback Cole Rothrock responded with two completed passes before senior Keelan Goodwin scrambled in from the 2-yard line for a touchdown. Alex Owens chipped in the extra point to tie the game 7-7.
“Keelan was the offense player of the game and Cole was the most valuable player,” Frasher said.
Forbush took over at the 44-yard line. The Falcons collected three first downs, then scored again with less than a minute left in the first quarter pushing their lead ahead 14-7.
South regained possession and Rothrock connected with Goodwin again. The senior drove in his second touchdown of the night. The Sauras inched ahead 15-14 after adding a 2-point conversion.
“We played hard,” Goodson said. “We made a couple mistakes, but we could have beaten them. We’ve got to improve on some things. We’ll keep driving and stay focused. We’re a family.”
Both teams scored again before half, and the Falcons added a field goal from the 10-yard line giving them a 25-21 advantage coming off the field.
Forbush recovered a South fumble on the 24-yard line in the top of the third quarter. Two plays later the Falcons scored moving ahead 32-21.
Rothrock connected with junior Jonah Moorefield for two receiving touchdowns in the second half. Moorefield had six receptions for 144 yards and added a 2-point conversion.
“Jonah had one of the best games of a receiver in a long time at South,” Frasher said.
On defense, Mason Dutton led his team with 13 tackles, Tanner Moore 7, and Zion Holland 6.
Goodwin had 25 carries for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Rothrock finished with 190 passing yards.
After facing a fourth and three Forbush settled on a 25-yard field goal tying the game 35-35.
The Falcons scored again with four minutes left to clinch the WPAC win.
“We made mistakes, but we played more as a team tonight,” Rothrock said. “We had a good chance at winning the game, but it’ll make us improve for next week. We’ll work harder and give 110 percent.”
Moorefield added, “We played our hearts out but turnovers are what killed us. We’ll keep working on fundamentals, watch film on Monday, and get back out there.”
South Stokes (0-7) travels to Surry Central (2-5) Friday night.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.