WILKESBORO — The Surry Central football team got off to a nice start when play resumed on Monday night against Wilkes Central, but a tough second half forced the Golden Eagles to drop to 0-3 in a 35-10 loss.
After inclement weather suspended play on Friday, Surry Central opened the scoreless game in the first quarter with the ball on the Wilkes Central 26-yard line.
The Golden Eagles notched a nice drive and Eric Ramirez punched it in from two yards out to give Surry Central a 7-0 lead.
Wilkes Central got on the scoreboard with a safety in the first quarter. Surry Central started from the 1-yard line, and a sack on third down resulted in a 7-2 ball game.
The Golden Eagles added to their lead in the early stages of the second quarter. Josh Huson nailed a 30-yard field goal to give Surry Central a 10-2 lead.
However, from this point Wilkes Central dominated the game. The Golden Eagles gave up 33 consecutive points and couldn’t stop the run game in the second half, Surry Central coach Monty Southern said.
Southern also noted that he believes the Wilkes Central running back, Andrew Bynum, is the best runner the Golden Eagles have faced this year. Bynum and the Wilkes Central rushing attack wore down Southern’s squad.
Making matters worse, Surry Central dealt with a significant amount of injuries on Monday that forced more players than normal to play on both offense and defense. It made it hard to substitute players and gave Wilkes more opportunities to wear the Golden Eagles defense down, Southern said.
Surry Central quarterback Chandler Johnson played well despite committing three interceptions, Southern said. Two of Johnson’s turnovers came late in the contest when the Golden Eagles were desperate to make something happen.
The Golden Eagles will now try to recover during a short week before their next game, a home contest against Elkin on Friday.
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