North Stokes almost banked their first win of the season Friday night in a 13-14 road loss to South Davidson.
On the opening kickoff junior Austyn Garcia separated the returner from the ball and Ethan Bullins recovered the fumble and returned it to the 5-yard line. Tyler Bowman scored on a 1-yard run and Alex Rodriguez made the extra point.
“We came out with a lot of fire and energy in the first quarter,” said North Stokes coach Mitch Reeves.
The Vikings second score came on a 34-yard pass from Bowman to Tevin Carter with less than one minute remaining in the first half. The PAT bounced off the upright and was no good.
“We struggled offensively in the second half,” Reeves said.
North was down 14-13 with four minutes left on the clock. The team put one more drive together after Garcia had a strong kickoff return to midfield. They drove to the 1-yard line with 20 seconds left until they lost momentum with a fumble and South Davidson recovered to win the game.
“We need to be more coachable as a whole if we want to put four quarters of solid football together,” the coach said. “I feel like our stamina is getting better, but a lack of depth is just an issue we have to overcome. We also had a handful of mental lapses that led to pre-snap penalties. If we can clean those up and have a good week of practice we can be competitive with most teams.” Wayne Saunders led the team with 10 tackles. Carter had 99 yards of total offense with one score. Garcia had 94 all-purpose yards, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble.
North hosts in-county rival South Stokes on Friday.
“South looked good at their jamboree three weeks ago. They are athletic and Coach Hall and his staff have rejuvenated the program. His team is playing with energy and having fun. We’re looking forward to the atmosphere of a rivalry game,” Reeves said.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.