The Greyhounds won a hard-fought game against Forbush Friday, 20-14 to mark Coach Danny Lyons’ debut at the helm of North Surry’s varsity football team.
The first quarter went back and forth for both teams with no one putting together the combinations to score. In the second quarter Forbush drew first blood on a long pass completed to G.C. Parks-Burgess for a 30-yard gain that put the Falcons on the Hounds’ five-yard line.
A penalty pushed Forbush back to the 18 and North pushed them back three more yards before Bennett Winslow’s next pass to Parks-Burgess was completed to put the bird men on the board with six points. The kick was good and Forbush held a 7-0 lead.
With less than nine minutes remaining before halftime, Greyhound Shawn Dehart broke loose and ran the ball up to the Falcon 30-yard-line for a huge first down opportunity. Hound QB Austin Handy then aired one out to Dehart to put six points on the scoreboard for the home team. The extra point kick was good and the score was tied at seven at the half.
The third quarter saw an increase in whistles blown and flags thrown as both teams showed no signs of slowing down. A little more than four minutes was left in the third as North’s Josh Cox converted a completed pass into a first down at the Falcon 31-yard-line. Blaze Acord ran for a 15-yard gain to put the Hounds on the six-yard line. Acord scored on the next play but the extra point kick was wide. That left the score at 13-7 at the end of the period.
North’s Handy capped of a Hound drive with an 18-yard scamper in for six more points and the kick was good to give North a 20-7 lead.
Forbush rallied in the fourth and scored a touchdown with 4:44 left on the clock and followed that with an extra point kick to finish out with 14 points. North wasn’t going to let that go unanswered and pushed the ball up to the Falcon one yard line but time ran out.
“It’s great to get that first win under our belt,” commented Lyons. “A lot of these boys played Jayvee ball and it took us most of the first half to get adjusted. The score at the half really got us motivated.”
Acord led North’s offense with 25 carries for 181 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Austin Handy was five for eleven with 87 yards passing, connecting for a touchdown on a pass and running in for six points as well. Shawn Dehart also had a good evening with four carries for 60 yards. Overall the North Surry men amassed 285 yards in 41 plays.
Lyons said defense was crucial for the victory. He credited a Corbin Utt’s interception in the third, with the team leading Forbush 13-7, as what helped lead the Hounds to another touchdown two possessions later. He said Utt has been making the important plays at the center field position.
“Our defense really helped us in the first half,” added Lyons. “I can’t say enough for what they did for us tonight. You can’t ask more out of them.”
North Surry is scheduled to host Elkin on Aug. 24. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Reach David Broyles at email@example.com or 719-1952