Mount Airy seems to have put a shaky beginning to its 2015 football campaign behind it.
The Granite Bears posted their second shutout of a three-game winning streak against Northwest 1-A Conference opponents Friday night, riding a four-touchdown performance from junior running back Malik Frost to a 48-0 rout of visiting Bishop McGuinness on Friday night.
“You always want to be good when it counts,” said coach Kelly Holder of his rapidly improving team. “This was one of our best complete games of the season.”
Mount Airy (6-2, 3-0) dominated from start to finish in a game that was played under a continuous clock for most of the second half. The Bears had 24 points before the first quarter was over, and led 45-0 at the break.
Frost scored touchdowns on runs of 8, 24, 16 and 23 yards to lead his team. Ian Holder and Jackson Smith also scored for Mount Airy.
The scoring began slowly, with Robert Brown hitting a 37-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead midway through the opening period, but then the Bears started to roll.
It started with the defense forcing a turnover inside Bishop’s red zone. It took Mount Airy less than a minute to increase its lead to 10-0 on an 8-yard run by Frost and the extra-point kick from Brown.
The Granite Bears’ defense continued to live up to its namesake rock. The Villains bashed their heads against the Mount Airy defense for three plays and then punted. A few plays later, Ian Holder took the ball 29 yards to paydirt on a quarterback keeper.
“We put a mighty good rush on them,” said Holder. “Every pass their quarterback threw, he was backpedaling. I think he went 5-for-29 passing.
“We were really concerned about their passing game, but we kept the pressure on, and our defensive backs played really well.”
The same sequence repeated itself before the opening period was over, with the Bears forcing a punt and then Frost darting 29 yards in the final minute of the first quarter.
A Bishop turnover early in the second quarter added to the visitors’ misery. Jackson Smith carried it in from the Villains’ 1-yard line about two minutes in.
Frost added another touchdown midway through the second quarter, and then scored again with about four minutes left before intermission, increasing the Bears’ lead to 45-0.
Brown tacked on a 25-yard field goal late in the third quarter to complete the scoring.
Mount Airy will have its final regular-season home game this coming Friday against Northwest cellar-dweller Atkins (0-8, 0-3). The game will be Senior Night for the Bears.
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