DOBSON — Surry Central lost to East Wilkes 46-13 at home.
Last week the Golden Eagles lost to East Surry 48-13.
“This was not the bounceback game we were looking for,” said coach Monty Southern.
Through the first two games of the season, the Eagles were outscored 94-26.
East Wilkes runs a triple-option offense similar to East Surry, but under center instead of in the shotgun, Southern said.
What Central tries to do is have success running the ball until it lulls the secondary to sleep, and the quarterback can sneak in some deep bombs.
On this night, it was East Wilkes utilizing the play-action passing for at least three deep balls, he said.
The Eagles gave up 14 points in the first three and a half minutes.
The opening kickoff was bobbled. Then as the returner started to run, he fumbled the ball and tipped into the air right to a Cardinal defender who trotted into the end zone for a score.
Last week, East Surry took the opening kickoff the distance for a score.
That’s two weeks in a row that Central has given up a TD to open the game. Southern said that is on him and his staff to make sure the guys come out ready to play from the opening whistle.
On the next drive, Central couldn’t move the ball and went to punt away. The snap was low, and as the punter reached down to catch it, one of his knees touched the ground, effectively downing the ball inside the red zone. The Cards then scored a second TD.
Southern said there were times when the offense moved the ball well, but the team couldn’t string those plays together into effective drives.
The team also was hurt by four fumbles, two of which were recovered on the Eagles’ side of the field.
The Eagles scored their first TD on a 30-yard run from Riley Dockery on a counter.
Southern said a blocker made the right read, and the back made the right cut for the defense that was played.
Too many times, that didn’t happen, he said, so he and his staff have to find a way to get these concepts through to the boys. They are good kids and they always play hard, he said, but they are still learning.
The second TD came in the second half when Central put together its longest drive, 65 or 70 yards, the coach said.
Eric Ramirez scored from a yard out.
The Eagles travel to Wilkes Central next week.