DOBSON — Surry Central coach Monty Southern stated it finest earlier than Friday’s recreation in opposition to Forbush even kicked off: highschool is all about making recollections.
The Golden Eagles hosted the Forbush Falcons on Friday in a battle of two of the groups tied for first place within the Foothills 2A Convention. The excessive stakes recreation was a defensive showcase that noticed gamers go to conflict within the trenches, making the opposite staff battle for each single yard.
The sport was bodily, in-your-face and featured a dramatic end – the proper atmosphere to do as Southern stated and make some lasting recollections. In the long run, it was Memphis Bolatto’s second interception of the night time that sealed the victory for Surry Central, 17-12.
Surry Central (5-2, 3-0 FH2A) relied on its protection for a lot of the second half. After placing up all 17 of its factors within the first two quarters, the Eagles had been held with no first down within the second half.
Forbush (5-2, 2-1 FH2A) began the second half by forcing a three-and-out then scoring on a 9-play, 4:07 drive. The Eagles stopped Forbush’s wrecking ball operating again Derek Matthews on the 2-point conversion to maintain the rating at 17-12. Because the Central gamers returned to the sidelines after stopping the conversion, the teaching employees emphasised simply how necessary that cease was.
Matthews got here into Friday’s recreation simply 4 days faraway from a celebrity efficiency in opposition to North Surry. The senior carried the ball near 40 occasions for 288 yards and 4 touchdowns. Towards Surry Central, Forbush solely recorded 268 complete yards as a staff.
Surry Central punted again to Forbush after one other three-and-out. The Falcons began on their very own 5-yard line and slowly superior down the sector with 11-consecutive operating performs, however solely two of these performs went for greater than 10 yards. The drive began with 4:15 left within the third quarter and ended with 11:16 remaining within the fourth.
The Eagles stored Matthews from gaining a single yard on 4 of his carries on the drive, with the most important such cease approaching fourth-and-3 on the Central 28-yard line. Surry Central senior Kade Norman made the primary hit on the fourth-down cease.
Surry Central was rapidly confronted with a fourth-and-1 state of affairs and the Eagles went for it. Nonetheless, the Eagles’ run was stopped on the line of scrimmage. Because the gamers returned to the sideline, Southern assured them he wouldn’t have gone for it on fourth down if he didn’t have full religion that the protection, if wanted, might comprise Forbush.
Central’s Graden Spurlin hit Matthews for a 4-yard loss, Norman led a flock of Eagle defenders to take Forbush’s Nathan Hampton down for a 2-yard loss, then Dante Watson deflected a go on third down. One other incomplete go from Forbush’s Holden Moxley turned the ball over on downs.
Forbush had 4 offensive possessions in the course of the fourth quarter. The primary two ended with the Falcons turning the ball over on downs, and the ultimate two every ended with Bolatto intercepting Moxley.
Bolatto’s first interception got here with 3:41 left to play. Central pressured Forbush to make use of its remaining timeouts earlier than punting to the Falcons with 2:27 remaining. Forbush made all of it the way in which to the Central 46 earlier than Bolatto picked Moxley a second time with 47 seconds left on the clock.
Bolatto’s seven interceptions this season are probably the most of any participant within the state’s 2A division and tied for probably the most within the state amongst all divisions.
Bolatto wasn’t the one Eagle with defensive highlights. Mason Cox blocked a Forbush punt within the first half, and it was recovered by Norman to arrange Brian Williams’ 35-yard landing run. Norman had two sacks and two tackles for a loss, Enoc Lopez, Clay Whitaker and Crouse every had a sack, and Andres Gonzalez, Crouse and Spurlin every had tackles for a loss.
Forbush – 0, 0, 6, 0 = 12
Surry Central – 7, 10, 0, 0 = 17
7:09 SCHS 7-0 – Brian Williams 35-yard speeding TD, Jacob Edmonds PAT
11:06 SCHS 10-0 – Jacob Edmonds 44-yard discipline purpose
5:09 FHS 10-6 – Derek Matthews 10-yard speeding TD, PAT no good
0:53 SCHS 17-6 – Karson Crouse 2-yard speeding TD, Jacob Edmonds PAT
6:32 EHS 14-27 – Holden Moxley go to Nathan Hampton 34-yard TD reception, 2-point conversion no good
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