First Posted: 8/15/2009
Friday and Saturday were full of action with local high schools getting scrimmages in before the start of NCHSAA play. Heres a look at what went down:
The Greyhounds lost a key cog in their offense when quarterback Tanner Hiatt went down with a high ankle sprain. The three-year starter is sporting a walking cast and set of crutches. He is expected to miss a few weeks, but be back later in the season.
So what exactly happened on the play that sidelined Hiatt?
I got rocked, he said with a laugh.
Coach Dave Diamont went into the clash with Bandys and Lincolnton with 10 plays for the Cardinals to run, no matter what. He explained by saying, After four, five days (of contact practice) you cant do too much.
It was a stiff test against two decent schools, and Diamont was pleased with how his team performed.
We came away feeling good with the fact we competed, he said. We recognized some areas we need to improve on. All our kids got significant playing time.
The triple option-running Golden Eagles did what they do best: Run the football. It was hard to keep score with the game formats, but coach Monty Southern said his squad outscored North Wilkes.
We were hoping to run the ball and we did a pretty good job, Southern said. It kind of reassured what we thought we had.
The key to effective running was the offensive line. Southern said before the game that other than center Jake Dellinger and left tackle Garrett Draughn, the rest of the lineman spots were up for grabs. While Dellinger and Draughn played as well as expected, Josh Stover made a strong case for a starting position.
Overall, Southern liked the way his boys played like their jobs were on the line.
Everybody was out there battling, he said.
The Golden Eagles swept three games Saturday against East Burke (4-2), Avery County (2-1) and West Caldwell (2-1). The scoring was spread out, as four players registered at least one goal and one assist.
I felt like we controlled the ball all day, Surry Central coach Blake Roth said.
The Golden Eagles took 19 players with them, so fatigue over the long day was not much of a factor. Surry Central begins its season Tuesday when it travels to 4A Davie County.