The North Stokes Vikings welcomed North Moore (0-1) to Danbury on Friday night for the second week of high school football. The Vikings committed three early turnovers in the third quarter and the Mustangs capitalized in route to a 47-7 victory.
“We just made too many mistakes to start the second half,” said Vikings coach Frank Sessoms. “We have to learn to control us and then good things will start to happen.”
The Vikings allowed the Mustangs only one score in the first half and that came with 1:32 left in the opening quarter on a five-yard run. North Stokes defense forced two fourth down turnovers, two fumbles, and a punt in North Moore’s six first half possessions.
“Our defense played really well in the first half and we were flying to the ball,” said the coach. “We just ran out of gas after halftime.”
North Stokes trailed 7-0 at the break, but the Mustangs used good field possession on turnovers to score four times in the third quarter giving North Moore a strong 34-0 lead.
Mark Shaw capped an 11-play drive from one-yard out to get the Vikings on the board with 5:47 left in the game. North’s Isaac Wood gained 52 of the 77 yard drive on three runs and a catch.
“We needed that drive for our confidence,” Sessoms commented. “We have to continue to build off of the good things in the coming weeks.”
The Vikings offense gained 166-yards with 74-yards coming from Colby Wrenn in the passing attack. The Mustangs tallied most of their 367 total yards of offense on the ground with 314. Wood led the Vikings in rushing with 53-yards on eight carries, while Wrenn was 6-for-14 in passing.
Defensively for North Stokes, Dylan Mabe tallied 11-tackles, and Levi Collins and Tyler Dodson added eight tackles each.
“There was nothing wrong with our effort tonight,” Sessoms voiced. “Our kids are working hard and that is all we can ask from them.”
The Vikings (0-2) will travel to play the West Wilkes (1-0) after an early season bye last week. They beat Forbush 42-17 to open up their season.
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