DOBSON — The Golden Eagles lost 35-14 in a hard fought game to West Stokes Friday that saw numerous changes of momentum in a wild fourth quarter.
Surry Central drew first blood at the 4:37 mark in the first quarter as Chris Craddock caught the ball and ran in for six points on a pass from Colby Chilton from the Stokes’ 30. Ranferi Ramirez split the uprights with a successful extra point kick to give Central a seven-point lead.
The Wildcats were not going to let that go unchallenged and scored with 38 seconds left in the first stanza as Keyshawn Rawley dropped back and passed to Brock Reynolds who ran in for six more points. Teammate Zane McGhee’s kick was good and the score was knotted at seven.
In the second quarter, Rawley continued his aerial attack against Central as he completed a pass to Reynolds who ran it in for six more points. McGhee’s kick was good. Stokes led 14-7 with 6:01 left before halftime. The third period was scoreless as both teams took turns mounting drives but could not put together a combination to score.
The Eagles seemed to gain momentum at the end for the third and opened the final quarter with a pass from Chilton to Luke Haymore to set Central up on the Cats’ 33-yard line with 10:57 left in the game. Central fumbled on the next play and the Cats took over at their own 23. The Eagles fell on a Wildcat fumble minutes later to get the ball back on the Stokes’ 23 and it looked like a rally was brewing.
Stokes’ Tyler Bennett intercepted Central’s pass to get possession back with 9:22 left to play, but the Eagles recovered the Wildcats fumble on the next play to get the ball at the 24-yard line. Reynolds intercepted the ball from the five at the 7:41 mark and ran in for a touchdown. Matt Hopper’s extra point kick missed the mark to make the score 21-7 in favor of Stokes.
The Golden Eagle offense wasn’t going to take this quietly however, and Chilton turned an Eagle push that set Central up on the Cats’ five into six more points as he ran in for a touchdown. Jose Avalos’ kick was good and Central seemed to be gaining back momentum as the Cats led, 21-14.
Stokes roared back as Rawley handed off the ball at the Cats’ 33 and made the long run in for six more points. The Wildcats’ Austin Long ran the ball in from the six for the two-point conversion as the Wildcats piled on eight points. Reynolds ended any hopes Central had as he intercepted a pass and ran the ball back from the Eagles’ 43 for the final touchdown of the evening. Matt Hopper’s extra point was good to seal the deal for the evening.
Central had 15 first downs, while Stokes had 16. The Wildcats racked up 240 yards on rushing, and Central had 177. The Cats hit the mark on 7-of-15 passes, and the Eagles connected on 8-of-18. Stokes had 110 yards total passing, and Central had 69. The Wildcats had a total of 59 plays, while the Eagles had 54. Stokes’ total offensive yards were 350, and Central had 246. Central lost only 65 yards on seven penalties, and Stokes was penalized 13 times for 110 yards.
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