Coming off a tough loss against the Mount Airy Bears, the Sauras came back with a vengeance with a 52-14 win against the Surry Central Eagles last Friday night at South Stokes High School.
Sauras Head Coach Jonathan Frasher said he was happy with the team’s triumphant return to the field. “I was proud of our kids and how we bounced back,” he said. “We played really well defensively and we shut them down.”
The Sauras offense was in control, scoring twice off turnovers. Right out of the gate, South Stokes picked up a touchdown and led 7-0. The Sauras also picked up a fumble and quickly scored again for 14-0 lead early in the game. Eagles scored a touchdown in the second and third quarter, but other than that, they could not break through the Sauras’ defense.
South Stokes drove down the field and pushed into the Eagles’ territory early in the game. With just one yard to go, Jacquan Martin rushed into the endzone for the first touchdown of the game with 5:27 minutes to go in the first quarter. With a successful kick by Bryan Himmelspach, the Sauras led 7-0. The Sauras’ defense kept the Eagles from scoring in the first quarter.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Eagles tried to push down the field for a touchdown. But the Eagles fumbled the ball on a play, and it was scooped up by the Sauras’ Jackson Talley who turned on the jets and went on a 81-yard run for a touchdown, which brought the score to 13-0.
The Eagles tried to put a series of runs and passes together to get down the field, but they could not make any headway. Just a few minutes later, the Sauras got possession of the ball and pushed to within 10 yards of the endzone. Martin had a short carry into the endzone, which brought the score to 19-0 with 8:59 left in the second quarter. Martin struck against with about five minutes to go, when he cruised 49 yards into the endzone, which brought the score to 25-0.
Surry Central grabbed their first touchdown of the game with just a few minutes left in the second quarter when Kenyon Martin 34-yard return off a fumble. With a successful kick by Colby Chilton, the score was 25-7.
The Sauras grabbed one last touchdown in the second quarter when Christian Artis broke through the Eagles’ defense and went on a 52-yard run to the endzone. With another good kick by Himmelspach, the Sauras bumped the score up to 32-7.
The Eagles put together a series of successful plays that pushed them deep into Saura territory at the beginning of the third quarter. With only one yard to go, Wes Brown rushed into the endzone for the Eagles’ second touchdown of the game. After a successful kick by Ranferi Ramirez, the score was 32-14.
The Eagles wanted a comeback, but they were held back by the Sauras. South Stokes’ J.J. Davis went on a 29-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter. The Sauras grabbed two more touchdowns before the game was over, which brought the final score to 52-14.
Surry Central fought desperately to even the score against the Sauras all night, but could not seem to run the ball down the field. The Eagles were held to just 101 yards rushing and only managed to get eight first downs last Friday night.
In comparison the Sauras offense played strong with 400 yards rushing in the game. Martin and Artis led the team in rushing for the evening. Martin rushed a total of 163 yards on three touchdowns and Artis rushed a total of 133 yards on two touchdowns.
The Sauras have an in-conference record of 8-2 as they head into a first-round playoff game against East Surry (5-5) this Friday night at South Stokes High School.
“I hope we can carry over what we did last Friday night,” Frasher said. “It’s win or go home.”