South and West Stokes football teams participated in the annual North Surry 7-on-7 scrimmage Tuesday evening in Mount Airy. The Wildcats placed third in the eight team field despite not losing any games and the Sauras tied for fifth place with East Surry.
West Stokes competed against East Surry, R.J. Reynolds and Elkin. The Wildcats distinguished the Cardinals handily 15-3 in game one and then tied the Demons 6-6 during the second matchup. West held a 6-0 advantage until Reynolds scored on the last play of the scrimmage to knot the score. The Cats were able to knock down the extra point attempt to end the game deadlocked.
Against Elkin, the purple and gold jumped out to a 9-0 lead on a touchdown and interception. The Elks bounced back and closed the gap 9-6 before the Wildcats scored again and pushed the lead to 15-6. Elkin scored a meaningless touchdown on the last play of the scrimmage for the final score of 15-12.
The Wildcats matched up against North Surry, the host team, for third place. West was seeded number two after Reynolds won the tie-breaker for the most points scored during pool play. The Cats jumped out to a 9-0 advantage and then held the Greyhounds off for a 15-14 victory as the host team was the third team of the day to tally a score on the last play from scrimmage.
“I thought we got better through the evening,” said Wildcat coach Jimmy Upchurch. “We put some new plays in last week and we were able to execute them pretty well tonight. I thought Tyler (Smith) threw the ball well again and we have some guys that can go up and catch the ball. We have a chance to be pretty good, but we need to keep working hard at getting better each day.”
South Stokes started the evening with a 12-0 victory over Forbush, but then lost to North Surry 23-0 and North Iredell 23-6. Against East Surry in the game for fifth place, the Sauras threatened to score on a couple of different plays. With less than three minutes left in the game, a pass from Avery Wood to freshman DJ Goolsby looked as if the Sauras would pull out a touchdown victory over their conference rival, but a late call put the maroon and gold down inside the five yard line. The Cardinal defense stiffened and stopped South on four straight plays for a 0-0 tie.
“A lot of good things happened tonight,” said Sauras coach Mike Holmes. “We have a lot of young guys and we threw them into the fire. Some of them played really good and should help us down the road. We were able to use this scrimmage as a measuring stick of where we are right now and we have to get better. We lost a lot on defense and we’re trying to figure out who goes where. I think this was good so the kids can see what we need to work on over the next five weeks.”
R.J. Reynolds beat North Iredell in the championship game to win the scrimmage for a second consecutive year.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.