South Stokes football team wrapped up a memorable season last year and finished 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the Northwest 1A Conference behind state runner-up Mount Airy and perennial powerhouse East Surry. The Sauras completed their last seven-on-seven scrimmage of the summer against 3A Western Guilford on Tuesday and got much better, according to coach Mike Holmes.
“Our younger guys grew up today against a good athletic team. I like our physicality and we may have to put some of those young guys in there. We’re going to have some of them play four years of varsity football. Our upperclassmen are improving every day and I expect us to be better than last year. I really think our offensive line will be the difference.”
Each team occupied the ball for 10 plays at a time on offense. The Sauras tallied eight touchdowns and hit pay dirt on seven-of-their-eight possessions with Matthew Montgomery, Zach Slate, Ryan Moses, and Adam McMillan making plenty of catches from quarterbacks Avery Wood, Logan Nelson, and freshman Connor Young.
South’s defense limited Western to six touchdowns even though they were missing all-conference players Cooper Ross, Steven Fatz, and lockdown defensive specialist PT Fischer.
“We have challenged our guys to be better today than you were yesterday,” Holmes said. “I think we have some guys really buying into that. Five wins was good for us last year and it’s been a while since a team here has done that. We don’t want to go backwards and we don’t want to be okay with mediocrity.”
The Sauras return 15 seniors from last year’s team with McMillan and Moses accounting for more than 2,600 yards of offense and 16 touchdowns between them. They return their top five scorers on the team including placekicker Ivan Caro who has been offered a scholarship by Winston-Salem State.
On the defensive side of the ball, they return Ross, Fischer, Fatz, and Jackson Boles who missed last season with a broken leg. Fatz led the team with 146 tackles last year and Ross contributed 99. Fischer led the team with four interceptions and a fumble recovery.
The Sauras will open up the 2018 season by hosting county-rival West Stokes on Friday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.