South Stokes traveled up the mountain to Alleghany on Friday for a non-conference football game against the Trojans. The home team jumped ahead by three scores in the third quarter and held off a pesky Saura team 28-7.
“I felt our defense played well enough to win tonight,” said Sauras coach Mike Holmes. “Our offense didn’t execute and they let us down, which in turn put our defense into bad situations all evening. The timing of the turnovers and penalties really hurt us. It’s things we can fix and we’ll move on and turn our focus towards Elkin next week.”
The Sauras fell behind 7-0 on the first drive of the game. They used an eight play drive and scored on a five-yard run after using more than five minutes of the game clock. South mounted a drive of their own after the home team scored, but it ended on the Trojans 39-yard line with a fumble.
South forced the Trojans to punt on their next possession and they had another sustaining drive, but it ended on back-to-back penalties forcing them to punt for the first time on the evening.
Again, the Sauras defense forced another punt by the Trojans, but the ball sailed to the South five-yard line. Two plays later a toss by quarterback Austin Lilly was mishandled and Alleghany scored a safety putting them up 9-0 midway through the second period.
The Trojans added one more score before the half. They used the momentum of the safety and took the pursuing kickoff and started their drive from midfield. Eight plays later, Alleghany hit pay dirt on a 21-yard touchdown reception. After the extra point, the Trojans held a 16-0 halftime lead.
Alleghany opened the second half with nine consecutive run plays and extended their lead to 22-0 when they scored from one-yard out while keeping the ball for more than half of the quarter.
The Sauras responded quickly with a 68-yard dash to the end zone from Adam McMillan less than 30 seconds later. Ivan Caro added the extra point for a 22-7 score.
“I was happy with our response in the third quarter, but a quick score forced our defense back on the field way too early,” Holmes said. “Adam is an explosive player and will hit the hole hard. You can’t ask anymore of him.”
The Trojans added another score late in the fourth quarter when they took advantage of the Sauras aggressive play by going for it on fourth down on their 18-yard line. South didn’t get the first down and turned the ball over to the home team. Alleghany scored three plays later.
McMillan led the Sauras offense with 132-yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. The defense was led by Ross Cooper and Steven Fatz according to Holmes.
“They ran away from Dalton Slate all night and Ross and Steven stepped up and made a lot of plays tonight. Again, I thought our defense played well tonight and I couldn’t be happier with them.”
South Stokes (1-3) will host Elkin (1-2) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in another non-conference game.
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