Vikings hold off Bison, 28-25

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

High Point Central came up less than a yard short in its quest to take control of the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference race at Northwest Guilford on Friday night.

The Bison were in position for a go-ahead score when Germaine Pratt fumbled inside the 1 with 1:56 to play. The Vikings recovered in the end zone for a touchback and ran out the clock for a 28-25 win.
The late turnover dampened an otherwise brilliant effort from Pratt, who scored on a 75-yard punt return and caught touchdown passes of 15 and 12 yards from Jamiel Mack.
Central was hurt by three unsuccessful conversion attempts after TDs.
Northwest’s Anthony Harding rushed for 179 yards and three TDs.
The Vikings improved to 7-1, 2-0. The Bison fell to 6-2, 1-1.

ELSEWHERE FRIDAY

TRINITY NIPS WHEATMORE, 14-12
TRINITY — Trinity held off cross-town rival Wheatmore on its final position, to defeat the Warriors 14-12.
D.J. Pratt ran for 62 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (4-4, 1-1). Pratt also returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown.
The teams exchange scores but Wheatmore (0-8, 0-2) failed to score on it’s extra point attempts. Quarterback Paul Walker threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Wyatt Raines caught two touchdown passes from Walker in the loss.
— PATRICK BUDD
SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

RAGSDALE TURNS BACK SW GUILFORD
HIGH POINT — Ragsdale kept alive its winning streak over Southwest Guilford and at the same time kept alive its hopes of extending a 18-year streak of making the playoffs.
The Tigers (3-5, 1-1 Piedmont Triad 4A) beat the host Cowboys 28-7 on the strength of a first half full of stingy defense, consistent offense and strong special teams play. Jerry Gaither, Tevin Quick and Brian Flaskrud — on a 90-yard kickoff return — found the end zone and staked Ragsdale to a 21-7 lead. The Tigers haven’t lost to the Cowboys since dropping a 36-29 decision in the 1997 season opener.
The Cowboys (2-6, 0-2) used a 66-yard catch-and-run by Rick Mack to set up Ericc Cunningham’s short TD in the second quarter. Southwest dominated the second half — holding Ragsdale without a first down until midway through the fourth quarter — but failed to find the end zone after two long drives.
— STEVE HANF
SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

THOMASVILLE SHUTS OUT EAST
THOMASVILLE — The city of Thomasville all but shut down Friday night when East Davidson hosted the Bulldogs with what seemed like half the city’s population filling both stands at East Davidson Community Stadium.
During the game, it was the Golden Eagles offense that was shut down. Thomasville dismissed the hoopla of the week leading up to the Chair City showdown and easily dispatched East, 28-0.
“We knew that they were coming in feeling good and their intensity was really going to be up,” Bulldogs coach Dickie Cline said. “We tried to make them aware we had to match their intensity. We’re proud of the way we played tonight.”
An opportunistic Bulldogs defense set the tone, intercepting Austin Wallace three times on the night. Wallace completed just five passes, and the Bulldogs did not allow the East running game to make any headway against their stout defensive front. The Eagles tallied just 24 rushing yards.
“I thought they played fantastic tonight,” East coach Vance Hanner said. “We had a chance to hit them with some pass plays early we worked on and just did not execute.”
Wallace’s first interception came with 7:43 remaining in the first quarter when Ja’hare Thomas picked off an errant pass and returned it to the Eagles’ 38 yard line. Despite the early miscue, East’s bend-but-don’t-break defense stonewalled the Bulldog running game on its side of midfield.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, a three-and-out on the ensuing possession gave Thomasville the ball back on its side of the 50. This time, Thomasville tailback Demoris Payne scored on an 11-yard TD run with 3:13 to go in the period to put his team up 7-0.
The Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter thanks to the heads-up play of quarterback Jalen Jenkins. He extended the Bulldogs’ second scoring drive, evading a sack by completing a pass to Akeem Davis for a loss of one yard.
Instead of losing about 10 on the play, the play set up 3rd-and-short. A few plays after converting third down, DJ Spann scored on an 8-yard TD run with 8:08 to go in the second.
Zack Anderson kept the momentum rolling on East’s next possession, as he forced and recovered a fumble at the Eagles’ 46 yard line. Payne made the score 21-0 with a 1-yard run with 5:49 until halftime. Following a 20-yard carry by Christian Young that brought the ball to the 5, Davis stretched the Thomasville lead to four scores on a 5-yard run with less than a minute until the break.
— DANIEL KENNEDY
THE THOMASVILLE TIMES

EAST SURRY 14, BISHOP 7
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry edged Bishop McGuinness 14-7 in a game that saw all the scoring in the fourth quarter.
Joe McNamara scored on an 18-yard run for the Villains (4-4, 0-2). The Cardinals improved to 7-1, 2-0.