First Posted: 9/4/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN East Surry held on for another win to improve to 3-0 Friday, defeating visiting North Lincoln 27-20.
The Cardinals led 14-6 at the half on a 10-yard Hunter Diamont scamper and a 27-yard touchdown pass from Logan Hoosier to Diamont.
The Cardinals kept North Lincolns pass heavy offense relatively at bay, giving up a 27-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Stidham to Mason Pirtle less than a minute before Hoosier found Diamont.
In the second half both teams offenses opened up with East Surry holding off a last gasp effort from the Knights to take the win.
East Surry coach David Diamont said North Lincoln definitely presented his team with a tough challenge.
Weve played people that we dont really know much about and this team came up here and hit us right in the head, Diamont said. They played physical football, they ran right at us and they threw the ball all over the place. They are a hard-nosed football team.
The Cardinals had trouble sustaining drives throughout the game, which forced their defense to see more action than Diamont said he would like.
Were having a real problem maintaining possession of the ball, Diamont said. We are scoring on long plays, we are not taking the ball and marching down field. As a result our defense is on the field forever. We continue to have cramping situations and weve done everything. Weve tried diet, medical advice. I think I am going to go to some witch doctor or medicine man up in the Appalachian mountains to come up with something.
The Cardinals took their 14-6 halftime lead into the fourth quarter before North Lincoln scored Byron Sherril touchdown run with 9:27 remaining.
But, as they often do, special teams made the difference, as East Surrys Jarrod Whilhite took the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to the end zone to keep the momentum in the Cardinals favor and keep their lead at 21-14.
North Lincoln wouldnt go away however, as the Knights mounted a scoring drive which ended with a Andy Scott three yard plunge. But North Lincoln botched the extra point to keep the Cardinals on top at 21-20 with just over four minutes remaining.
The Cardinals offense responded, with Hoosier finding Andrew Hunter for a 32-yard touchdown pass to push the Cards lead to 27-20. Jorge Padron missed the extra point but it didnt matter, as East held on for the final three minutes to take a win in their home opener.
Quarterback Hunter Diamont led the way offensively for the Cards, finishing the night with 60 yards rushing on nine carries for one touchdown while also catching a 24-yard touchdown pass.
Logan Hoosier finished four-of-nine passing for 86 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Marcus Brown added 42 yards rushing on six carries with Andrew Hunter catching two passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.
While Diamont said he was not pleased with his offenses inability to control the ball, he said the defense has responded well.
I look out there and I see we are a bunch of midgets, Diamont said. We are very light but we play hard and we hit well. Tonight some of our tackling wasnt very good but we are happy to be where are at this point of the season.