PILOT MOUNTAIN — Two games in four days were no problem for the East Surry football team, as the Cardinals rolled on Monday night.
East Surry scored 47 points in the first half, 41 in the first quarter, and moved to 6-0, 2-0 with a 61-6 victory over the Atkins Camels.
The Cardinals welcomed the lopsided result, because they will be back in action again Friday night for their third game in eight days.
“We’ve worked so hard all year long, and now all of a sudden we have three games real quick,” Cardinal coach David Diamont said. “We talked about going out and taking care of business. Let’s get better and work on the things we need to work on.”
The Cardinals received the opening kickoff and found the end zone in less than two minutes. Tyler Smith completed all three of his pass attempts on the drive, including a 14-yard touchdown throw to running back Joey Ray.
The ensuing kickoff was a high pooch kick that the Camels struggled to field. The ball took a weird hop and bounced right into the path of an East Surry player, and the Cardinals had an opportunity to stretch their lead before the Atkins offense even stepped on the field.
East Surry capitalized in four plays. Smith faked an option pitch to Ray and took the ball into the end zone himself for an 11-yard score and a 14-0 lead.
When they finally got a chance on offense, the Camels couldn’t do much and only recorded one first down in the opening 24 minutes.
The Cardinals stretched their lead to 21-0 on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Shawn Creed. The senior wide receiver perfected the tip drill en route to the score.
Ray gave East Surry a 28-0 lead on his final carry of the night. He went 19 yards down the left sideline for an easy score.
Eddie Scott replaced Ray midway through the first quarter and led East Surry with 95 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. His 25-yard run with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter made it 35-0.
The Cardinals longest gain of the night came on the final play of the opening period. Smith hit Blake Marion on a deep post route, and the wide receiver dashed into the end zone with a 64-yard touchdown.
Smith only played in the first quarter. He completed just five passes, but registered 160 yards passing on the evening.
Another Scott touchdown in the second quarter made it 47-0 heading into halftime.
The Cardinals’ big lead allowed Coach Diamont to find playing time for everyone on the roster. Andrew Hooker and Connor Sheets took over at the quarterback spot, and Ty Brooks saw a majority of the running back workload.
“We have a lot of kids that practice really hard, and they don’t get to play as much as they’d like,” Diamont said. “Tonight was a ballgame that they got to see some time and got to enjoy their season.”
Touchdowns from Demidrick Hargrave and Sheets in the second half gave East Surry its final total of 61 points.
Probably the biggest concern for Coach Diamont was the health of his team, with another quick turnaround looming at the end of the week. Fortunately for the Cardinals, nobody got hurt on Monday night.
However, junior defensive end Charlie Freeman missed Monday night’s game with a foot injury. According to Diamont, there is no timetable for his return.
With the win, East Surry and Mount Airy are officially tied atop the Northwest 1A standings. The Cardinals will look to keep pace against Winston-Salem Prep on Friday.
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