First Posted: 9/25/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN After surviving a stiff test from visiting Surry Central, East Surry coach Dave Diamont showed the enthusiasm of a pall bearer after his teams 19-14 win Friday night.
What did he think of the first conference win and staying undefeated? Or Hunter Diamonts hard-nosed rushing display? How about a defense that limited its opponent to two scores?
My mother one time said if you dont have anything nice to say, dont say anything at all. Thats my comment, Diamont said.
The frisky Golden Eagles were the cause of Diamonts ire. They came to play and Diamont, despite being fully aware of the intensity of the in-county game, said his team was not prepared.
I take full responsibility, he said. We were not prepared tonight and Central knocked us off the line of scrimmage. They executed and we didnt.
They got right in our grill and came after us and we didnt respond.
However, it was the Golden Eagles who were chasing the Cardinals (5-0, 1-0 Northwest 1A/2A) for most of the game. East Surry took a 19-14 lead into the fourth quarter and both teams thwarted the others drives to keep it that way. Joe Reid Denny made a diving interception with less than two minutes remaining to seal the Cardinals victory.
For Surry Central (0-5, 0-1), it was an agonizingly close game, but still another loss.
Thats the best weve played, Golden Eagles coach Monty Southern said afterwards. After a long pause he added: Were still in a losing locker room. Weve still got a lot of guys that are really disappointed.
Hunter Diamont caused most of Centrals misery by rushing for 269 yards on 33 carries, including an 89-yard fourth quarter. He scored on runs of 48 and 20 yards and fired the Cardinals 10-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Hunter. Markus Brown added 50 yards on five carries. In spite of the dominant rushing attack, Dave Diamont felt his squad had a hard time keeping up with the momentum it created.
It felt like every time we were ready to do something well and explode we had a mistake, he said.
Penalties and fumbles hurt both teams.
Southern pointed to senior leadership and fan support for his teams gritty game. After the third quarter ended, murmurs could be heard from the Central faithful assuring themselves they could pull out the win.
Our fans have been good even when were not winning, Southern said. I think they really cheered us on and that really lifted the guys.
Unity delivered another boost. Two weeks ago the Golden Eagles were frustrated and bickering with one another after a loss to Trinity. This week they pulled together and played with fire.
That came straight from our seniors, Southern said. We had some seniors during open week and as we prepared for East Surry this week they decided they were going to do things a little bit different. They did and it showed.
The Golden Eagles scores came from a Dave Wilmoth 2-yard plunge right before halftime and in the fourth when Wilmoth connected with Casey Felts for a 21-yard strike.
The two teams completed the first conference game among them in five years. During the time they were in separate conferences, they took each other on in non-conference games.