Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
August 24, 2013
North Surry took an early lead, then held on during a busy fourth quarter for a 20-13 win over Ashe County.
The Greyhounds led 13-0 going into the final quarter, but the Huskies and former Hound coach Brian Hampton made a comeback.
Coach Danny Lyons said the game was stopped for about 40 minutes for a player injury.
Fullback Bryan Martin appeared to suffer a stinger, a type of neck injury that pinches nerves and causes temporary pain, tingling or numbness to the limbs.
Emergency personnel stepped in and evaluated Bryan and made the decision to immobilize the head and cart him off, said Lyons. The good news is that the player was able to move his arms and legs, he added.
The Hounds already had four starters out with injuries, so the team was shorthanded, according to the coach.
Three of the five players contribute on both offense and defense, so it really was like losing eight guys, he noted.
Dakota Goss had a big game at linebacker, but also took Bryan’s spot at fullback, so he was exhausted by game’s end, Lyons said. Goss tallied about 15 tackles and three sacks in addition to opening holes for running back Blaze Acord.
Acord, who also played both ways as a defensive back, finished with 33 carries for 188 yards and all three touchdowns. He added one catch or 16 yards.
“Offensively, we have some work to do,” said Lyons.
The Hounds couldn’t run up the middle all night, and Blaze got most of his yards on two breakaway runs late in the game.
Quarterback Jacob Patten started off hot, going 4-4 on the opening drive, but the Hounds only completed one pass after that.
Alex Edwards had three catches for 35 yards, and Tanner Hodgin one for 28 yards.
That passing moved the Hounds into the red zone where Acord scored on a 6-yard TD run. The extra point missed.
Neither team would score for the rest of the half.
“I have to do a better job calling plays,” said Lyons, but he admitted that it was hard going against Hampton since the two friends know each other’s tendencies so well.
In the third quarter, Acord broke free for a 35-yard touchdown run. Caleb Ramey made the extra point for a 13-0 lead.
“Defensively, we held them without a score for the first 40 minutes of the game,” the coach said. “We really took Ashe’s run game away.” He said the Huskies only had about 25 yards rushing all night.
Then Hampton went to a heavy passing attack in the second half.
The defense put great pressure on the quarterback, but when Ashe had time to throw, the team had success and scored in the fourth to close to 13-7.
Acord broke loose for another long run, this time for 65 yards. With a Ramey kick, the Hounds led 20-7.
Ashe scored again to make it 20-13, but when North got the ball back, the Hounds were able to run out the clock.
“Coach (Patrick) Taylor had a great game plan,” Lyons said of the defensive coordinator. “We got after the quarterback.”
Along with Goss’s three sacks, Hunter Snow had a sack and 12 tackles.
The secondary played great all night except for a couple of plays. The first touchdown came from misplaying the ball in the air, but on the second TD, the receiver just made a terrific catch, he said.
“We got better in this game, and hopefully we will get better again next week against Elkin,” he said. The Hounds go on the road next week.