DOBSON — Surry Central broke loose for some long plays to put East Wilkes away 30-20 .
The Golden Eagles struggled on offense for much of the game, but found daylight twice in the fourth quarter, clinching it with a 65-yard TD run from Alex Martin with less than seven minutes to go.
Central opened the game with a nice, steady march down the field for a touchdown to lead 7-0.
Running back Alex Martin went around the left side from nine yards out with 9:01 in the first.
After the kickoff, East Wilkes needed just two plays to answer.
Levi Ray took a handoff up the middle and burst into the open before rumbling 66 yards to a touchdown to make it 7-6 with 8:14 left. The two-point try failed.
On the next possession, a pass play to Martin Palacios was called back on a penalty. Then the next snap to QB Kirk Needham in the shotgun was low — one of several bad snaps — which made it third-and-17.
Needham was intercepted by Robbie Bentley who returned it to the 2-yard line.
Tyler Daniels made a great stop for a 10-yard loss, and the Eagles held the Cardinals scoreless.
Another bad snap on third-and-1 forced a punt, and Martin boomed it all the way to the Cards’ 40.
Ray broke off a 50-yard run down the right sideline, the Cards’ third trip into the red zone in the first quarter.
On the first snap of the second quarter, Ray took an option toss 12 yards for a score. A two-point conversion run made it 14-7.
After a few stalled drives, it was East Wilkes’ turn to have a bad snap, this time on fourth-and-8. Andrew Hegler and Noah Wilmoth tackled the punter, leading to a 23-yard field goal for Uriel Secundino.
That made it 14-10 at the half.
In the third quarter, Needham made an interception to give Central the ball on the Cards’ side of the field. The offense went backward to fourth-and-23, but roughing the punter gave them a first down. That second chance turned into fourth-and-30 from well back on their own side of the field.
Central punted away, and East Wilkes moved the ball well before stalling out at the 7-yard line with a turnover on downs. This was the second time the Eagles shut the door at their own goal line.
Needham burst open for a 56-yard run to get across midfield.
Hegler caught a short pass to the 35-yard line, then caught a 30-yard TD pass to make it 17-14 with 39.9 left in the third.
East Wilkes went three-and-out and punted back to Central.
A halfback pass from Palacios to Wilmoth got the ball to the 20, but then Wilmoth fumbled the ball back to East Wilkes.
Kaleb Dunn recovered a fumble at the 13-yard line, and Martin finished off the short drive with a 1-yard plunge to make it 24-14.
East Wilkes QB Andrew Nance streaked up the middle 63 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-20, but Martin answered right back with his 65-yard run to make it 30-20.
Central improved to 1-1, and East Wilkes fell to 1-1. Central hosts Wilkes Central next week.