West and South Stokes JV football programs kicked off their season Thursday evening. The Wildcats picked up two touchdowns in the first and second quarters and held off the Sauras team for a 14-8 win.
“I was really impressed with their defense,” said West Stokes varsity coach, Jimmy Upchurch. “They have some grit and we were lucky to hold them off in the end. They had all of the momentum when the game ended. I thought our kids played hard and fought to the very end.”
In the first quarter, the Wildcats used almost six of the eight minutes to drive 66-yards on seven running plays. Freshman Sam Probst hit pay dirt for the JV Cats from 11-yards out and Jonathan Laniez added the extra point for an early 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Sauras defense picked up and forced a fumble on the Wildcats next possession and took control on the West 35-yard line. South moved to the 23, but stalled on the five-play drive. The Wildcats used the momentum of their defense and scored on two running plays, which included a 66-yard dash by Probst. Laniez tacked on the extra point and West led 14-0 at halftime.
Souths began the third quarter by driving inside West territory, but turned the ball over when Jimmy Daughtry intercepted the pass on a South first down. The Sauras grabbed a quarterback sack in the end zone for a safety by Noah Bennett. With 4:12 in the third period, the Cats lead shrunk to 14-2.
The last period began with a fourth down play for the Wildcats. The play fell incomplete and the Sauras held possession near midfield. After an 11-play drive that faltered on West’s 28-yard line, South turned the ball back over with 2:36 left in the game. On the first play, West fumbled on a toss and Nathan Woods scooped the ball and rumbled 23-yards for the score. The two-point conversion failed for the Sauras, but they pulled within six points with 2:28 on the game clock.
After South attempted an onside kick, West ran the clock out sitting on the South 30-yard line.
Probst led the Wildcats with 80-yards rushing on six carries and two touchdowns and Logan Nelson led the Sauras with 27-yards on three carries. West Stokes amassed 225-yards of total offense with 200 of them coming on the ground. South managed 79-yards of offense with most coming during the rushing attack. Daughtry led the Wildcats with 10 tackles and an interception. Johnny Dotson and Kaleb Mitchell led the Sauras with five tackles each.
West Stokes (1-0) will host Mount Airy at home on Thursday, while South Stokes (0-1) will travel to Trinity. Game times for both are 7:00 p.m.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.