Both South and North Stokes dropped close contests against their football opponents on Friday night. The Sauras lost a grueling 21-13 game to Elkin as they were lining up for a game winning field goal, but the kick was blocked and ran back for a touchdown. The Vikings fell 13-6 to Patrick County when the Cougars scored the winning touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.
In the South Stokes game, both teams traded punts on two different possessions in the first quarter before the Elks scored on a ten-yard run early in the second period for the 7-0 lead.
The Sauras responded on their last possession of the half to knot the score at seven. Starting from their 38-yard line, South moved 62-yards in ten plays despite quarterback Austin Lilly being sacked and a penalty by the home team. Lilly found PJ Samuel on second and goal for the nine-yard pass in the back of the end zone on Samuel’s 18 birthday.
Elkin opened the second half with the ball, but a fumble recovery by Garrett Dodson gave the ball to the Sauras around midfield. Two plays later Lilly found Ryan Moses streaking down the left sideline for a 51-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt failed on a bad snap, but the Sauras held their first lead of the game at 13-7, two-minutes into the second half.
South’s defense forced the Elks to punt on their next possession, but the kick pinned South inside their five-yard line. The home team successfully moved the ball out to the 30-yard line where Lilly threw an interception on first and ten. The interception was returned to the Sauras 25-yard line giving Elkin an advantage in field possession.
The Elks needed two plays to score from six-yards out and took a 14-13 lead on the extra-point.
In the fourth quarter, South used their last possession of the game and moved from their seven-yard line to the Elks 30-yard line on 15 plays where they faced fourth and four. Head coach Mike Holmes opted for the 47-yard field goal attempt by Ivan Caro with less than a minute left in the game. The kick was blocked and Elkin ran it back for the final score.
“Ivan has the foot and hits those in practice every day,” said Holmes. “We turned and they got through the middle and made a good play. I’m extremely proud of our team. I love the fact that they don’t lay over and quit. They keep fighting. Our defense played well enough to win again tonight. “
South Stokes had 302 total yards of offense with Moses leading the way with 123-yards rushing on 23-carries and 60-yards receiving on two catches and a touchdown. Steven Fatz and Ross Cooper continued to lead the defensive effort with the help of John Williams, Dalton Slate, and Decarlos Rodgers. Dodson forced a fumble and had two recoveries in the game.
North Stokes falls 13-6
North Stokes played their closest game of the year against Patrick County on Friday with a touchdown loss. The Cougars picked up their first touchdown of the evening after they blocked a punt by the Vikings on the first possession of the game. With the blocked punt, the Cougars started on the Vikings 13-yard line and scored two plays later for the early 7-0 lead.
The Vikings responded when Colby Wrenn forced a fumble giving them back the ball near the end of the first quarter. North Stokes used eight plays and drove 59-yards when Austin Garcia dashed in from 16-yards out. The two-point conversion was stopped by the Cougars, but the Vikings had cut the score to one at 7-6 going into the half.
The third quarter was scoreless, but the Cougars used a 25-yard run to open up the fourth quarter to extend their lead and finished the scoring for both teams.
“The kids fought hard tonight and I’m proud of their effort,” said Viking’s coach Frank Sessoms. “I felt we matched up well with them and our defense gave us chances to win the game tonight. We couldn’t overcome the turnovers and penalties.”
Mitchell Petree and Garcia led the Vikings offense with 48 and 47-yards rushing respectfully. Six Viking players were in double digit tackles with Dylan Mabe leading the way with 21. Paden Lungrin and Jackson Boles had 13 each, while Garcia and Mark Shaw, and Nolan Smith added 12.
South Stokes (1-4) will travel to Bartlett Yancey on Friday and the Vikings (0-5) will have a bye week.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.