First Posted: 11/4/2009
DOBSON The last game of the regular season may not be the end for Surry Central (1-9, 1-5 Northwest 1A/2A).
With a win over South Stokes (0-10, 0-6), the Golden Eagles will be playoff bound. The other 2A teams in the split conference include West Stokes, North Surry and South Stokes. By virtue of its win over the Greyhounds, Surry Central gets the nod for a playoff spot if both teams happen to win Friday night.
The triple option offense employed by the Golden Eagles has really begun to sizzle the past two weeks, as quarterback Dave Wilmoth, the triggerman in the offense, has rushed for more than 300 yards and six scores the past two weeks. Add to that the emergence of freshman Wes Brown and the end-around plays that Wade Dawson and Casey Felts bring to the table, and the Sauras heads must be spinning.
Weve just really continued to get better, Surry Central coach Monty Southern said. A lot of it really is to Daves praise. Its a true triple option and teams are having to respect all three phases of it. Earlier in the year, teams could take one or two phases away. The last two weeks against North Surry and North Stokes, weve really done a good job running the football.
Fridays game is also the Golden Eagles senior night.
Thats always an emotional game for (the seniors), no matter whats at stake, Southern said. I hope the community will come out and support those guys. I know we havent been great in the win-loss column, but I hope the whole town of Dobson will come out and show they care about those guys.
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Greyhounds look to finish strong
Both North Surry (1-9, 1-5 Northwest 1A/2A) and West Stokes (6-4, 3-3) are trying to end the season on a high note after losses last week.
The Greyhounds were smoked, 55-6, by visiting East Surry last week as the Cardinals ground out more than 400 yards. The Wildcats suffered a last-second 33-32 loss to Bishop McGuinness.
The Wildcats have already clinched the first of two NCHSAA 2A playoff spots for the conference, while North Surry still has slim playoff hopes. If the Greyhounds win Friday and Surry Central loses, North Surry will make it to states. If both teams win, the Golden Eagles get to go by virtue of their victory over the Greyhounds.
For the past few weeks, the Greyhounds have been licking their wounds. At the top of the injury report is quarterback Tanner Hiatt, who seems to be snake bitten. After missing the first four games of the season with a leg injury, Hiatt suffered a concussion Oct. 23 against Surry Central and may not play in the season finale.
Other important players on what first-year head coach Brian Hampton dubbed The Walking Wounded earlier this year include backs Joston Phipps and Terry Adams, as well as do-everything player Nik Morgan.
North Surry will need all the players it can get. The Greyhounds have allowed the second-most points in the conference, 428. However, if athletes like Phipps and Adams get going like they did on a nice third-quarter touchdown drive last week, the Greyhounds can also light up the scoreboard.