East Surry used a strong passing game to bulldoze past the Vikings Friday night 49-0.
“We played hard,” said North coach Mitch Reeves. “We could have executed better at times, but East Surry is a really good team this year, and you can’t make mistakes against them. We’ll bounce back, and we look forward to finishing strong at Atkins.”
The Cardinals (10-0, 5-0 Northwest 1A), ranked fifth in the state by NCPreps.com and fourth by CarolinaPreps, took to the air early and often against their hosts. East Surry led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter on three long touchdown passes by quarterback Tyler Smith.
The visitors pushed ahead 35-0 at the break after going to the ground in the second quarter and adding two more touchdowns on a nine-yard scamper and a two-yard plunge.
The Vikings recognized their seniors Friday night at halftime: Jackson Moorefield, Mark Tucker, Blake Williams, Josh Manuel, Joe Marshall, Andrew Lankford, Dalton Sawyers, Ethan Foust, Austin Hinkle, Cole Smith, Scott Jones, Blaine Camp, Elijah Childers, William Geiger, Austin Tucker, Ross Lucia, Chase Vaden, Logan Stevens, and Joe Marshall.
“All the seniors have really given us a boost this season. They are a competitive bunch and all of them will be hard to replace,” Reeves said. “I hope their time playing football has helped them build character. They’ve been through ups and downs, and the way they’ve responded to adversity makes me think they’ll be successful as they move forward.”
North Stokes has turned their football program around and after two winless seasons, the Vikings currently hold a 5-5 record, 2-3 in the Northwest 1A Conference.
“We’ll have many spots to fill next year. I just hope the younger guys have taken in the good examples set by this group of seniors,” Reeves said. “I hope the future of this program has learned how to respect each other and grow as a team from watching this group play their last season.”
North travels to Winston Salem to play Atkins (0-10, 0-5) for their last game of the regular season on Friday.
Sauras fall to Hounds on senior night
The Hounds (6-4, 2-2) scored on seven consecutive offensive series after an inauspicious start, and didn’t allow a single point until they’d built a 49-0 lead.
North Surry went three-and-out on their first two possessions, then drove into South Stokes territory on their third but failed to score. The Sauras wouldn’t be so lucky on the fourth and fifth possessions. The Hounds drove for a touchdown on each, capped by touchdown runs of seven and 25 yards from Andrew Smith, respectively, and ended the opening period ahead 14-0.
The Hounds lead ballooned to 28-0 on the team’s next series shortly after a picked off South Stokes pass was returned 50 yards deep into Saura territory.
At halftime South recognized its seniors: Alex Owens, Tre Haliburton, Ozzy Polifka, Keelan Goodwin, Matthew Hayden, Cody Carter, Hunter Mikels, Tyler Adkins, Robbie Hennelly, Matt Patane, Hunter Johnson, and Patrick Branch.
“These seniors have been a lot of fun to be around. I know the record of our team isn’t where we want it to be, but we have had a lot of fun. They are good kids first and foremost and it’s been a blessing to be able to coach them,” said Saura coach Jonathan Frasher.
The coach said the players would be missed in several ways, but especially in their loyalty to the program.
Surry Central defeated South 49-13, but not before senior Keelan Goodwin scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Alex Owens tacked on an extra point.
The Sauras travel to play Carver this Friday in their last game of the regular season.