Mount Airy started its homecoming celebration early, jumping on Bishop McGuinness with a quick touchdown en route to a big 42-7 win.
The Granite Bears (4-3) earned their first win in the Northwest Conference schedule.
The Villains (4-3) kicked off to open the game, and the Bears marched straight down the field.
After a penalty moved the starting point back to the 9-yard line, Shay Wilson dashed off to the 30 for a first down.
A couple more runs by Wilson moved the ball to the 43-yard line.
A play-action pass to fullback Andrew Jones netted 25 yards to the Bishop 32-yard line.
Three runs by Wilson put the ball on the 8-yard line with a first down.
Jones then plowed ahead to the 1, and crossed the goal line on the next carry for a 7-0 lead with 6:54 left in the first.
Mitchell Brown booted the first of several touchbacks into the end zone.
The Bears’ defense then set the tone for the game, dropping the Villain rushers for three straight losses.
Bishop was forced to punt on a fourth-and-18 play.
After punts by both teams, the Bears got the ball back early in the second quarter at the 28-yard line.
Jones carried the ball twice to the 41-yard line. Then Wilson earned 12 yards on two carries for another first down.
Jones broke free up the middle and nearly raced for a touchdown, but the last man back was able to dive and catch Jones’ shoe.
A five-yard pickup by Wilson gave the Bears a first down at the 33-yard line.
A play-action pass to Jones moved the ball to the 10-yard line.
From second-and-11, Julian Rawley caught a pass and raced up the right sideline for a touchdown.
However, one of the receivers had a crack-back block on a defensive back that was ruled a block in the back.
That put the ball back at the 11-yard line, but Wilson would split the defense for a touchdown run. That made it 14-0 with 6:29 left in the half.
A pass interference penalty got the Villains out of their own red zone. Then after their best runs of the night, the Villains scored on a deep ball.
Faking a run, the Villains’ Joe McNamara was the lone receiver on the wide side of the field.
QB Andrew Rowley lofted a high pass to the right side, and McNamara beat two defenders for the catch, then pulled away for a 40-yard touchdown pass. That made it 14-7 with 1:47 left.
The Bears nearly pulled out another score before the half.
Jones rambled 17 yards to midfield. Caleb Horton caught two passes to the 28-yard line.
With the officials halting the clock long enough for the chain gang to move, Coach Kelly Holder called a quick fullback dive play. Jones advanced to the 12-yard line, and Holder called a timeout with 19.7 seconds left.
Unfortunately, the Bears made back-to-back bad snaps. One went over the quarterback’s head back to the 30-yard line. The second with 4.9 seconds left kept Brown from attempting a 47-yard field goal.
While the Bears controlled the game for the most part, the halftime lead was just seven points.
That changed quickly in the second half.
On the Villains’ first drive, the ball popped out, and Mount Airy recovered at the 12.
Wilson rushed to the 1-yard line, then Jones powered it in for his second TD with 10:31 in the third.
On the next drive, Bishop’s Rowley was picked off by Caleb Horton at the 25-yard line. However, Brown would miss left with a 41-yard field goal try.
Rowley fluttered a deep ball down the middle that Chris McNeal intercepted at the 43-yard line.
Logan Holder, who was 7-11 passing in the game, found Julian Rawley for a pass to the 24-yard line.
Jones picked up nine yards and three yards for a first down to the 12. From there, Wilson scored his first touchdown to make it 28-7 with 5:47 left in the quarter.
Bishop had a three-and-out, punting back to the Bears to the Mount Airy 39.
Devontae Dobson did most of the work on this drive before Wilson broke free for a 27-yard touchdown run to make it 35-7 with 15 seconds left in the third.
Coach Holder went to his bench often in the final period.
Backup quarterback Kelton Walser scored the final touchdown from 13 yards out, freed up by a big pancake block from Tony Speaks.
The Bears topped 400 yards in total offense, with 308 coming on the ground.
Wilson picked up 142 yards on 15 carries, Jones 86 yards on 10 carries and Dobson 42 yards on 12 carries.
Jones also had a couple of long receptions and opened holes for Wilson and Dobson.
Bishop managed just 60 yards rushing on 31 carries. Rowley was just 1-6 with that lone 40-yard touchdown.
WPAQ radio singled out the play of senior lineman Michael Byrd, who stepped for Brian Bennett, out with a torn ACL in his knee last week.
The Bears host Atkins next week.