North Stokes banded together for a 10-6 win on the road against Winston-Salem Prep Friday night improving their record 5-4 and 2-2 in the Northwest 1A Conference.
“It was the most disciplined we’ve played all year,” said Vikings coach Mitch Reeves. “We were physical up front offensively and were able to move the ball. Defensively we contained Prep’s speed better than most thought we could. Coach Anderson had a great game plan and the players bought in. The defense had a huge goal line stand in the middle of the fourth quarter that ended Prep’s last true threat.”
North started a new offensive line in the first quarter sitting out three key seniors, per team rules from their disqualification in last week’s game.
“They really accepted their consequences like men and once they sat out, they made huge impacts during the final three quarters of the game. I was really impressed with the maturity they showed,” Reeves said.
Dalton Sawyers stepped up playing offensive tackle with the loss of the three lineman.
“He’s a true leader and will do whatever he can to help the team,” Reeves said.
Chase Vaden recorded his eighth interception of the season and stopped Prep’s drive just before halftime. Josh Manuel added two sacks to stall Prep’s offense and Blaine Camp finished with an impressive 16 tackles.
The Vikings play undefeated East Surry next week at home and will recognize their 17 seniors.
“We have the same goal we do every game,” Reeves said. “We want to be competitive and put ourselves in the best possible position to be successful. East Surry is one of the best teams I’ve seen around here in a long time, and they are representing the Northwest 1A with class. If we come out and control our emotions we feel we can play with anyone.”
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