Mount Airy ended an intense football series with Thomasville on a winning note, beating the Bulldogs 22-8 on Friday night at Shelton Stadium to improve to 2-0.
The Granite Bears relied on a stellar defense to hold Thomasville to just 103 yards of total offense and eight rushing yards. The Bulldogs picked up 71 yards on a single play. Cordell France and Isiah Simmons each had an interception in the game for Mount Airy.
The two teams have met in each of the last six seasons in nonconference play — with Mount Airy winning four of those games. Thomasville is 0-2 this season, but has a history of winning state football titles. The Bulldogs lost 38-0 to Class 4A North Davidson last week.
“They are off our schedule after this year,” coach Kelly Holder of Mount Airy said. “It’s been a good series for both teams I believe. We’ve really had some hard-nosed, good football games…we probably played against the best defensive player we’ll see all year. No. 16 (Akeem Davis). He was all over the place.”
Davis, a senior running back, linebacker and defensive back for Thomasville, has committed to play football at Appalachian State.
Shay Wilson recorded his second straight 100-yard game, finishing with 35 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Logan Holder was 12 of 20 for 155 yards and an interception. Caleb Horton had six receptions for 100 yards.
Wilson scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter. The conversion failed and the Bears led 6-0. Robert Brown added a first-quarter field goal to make it 9-0. Wilson’s second TD put Mount Airy ahead 16-0 after Brown’s extra point attempt split the uprights.
DJ Spann had a touchdown catch on a throw from Hiygee Martin to cut it to 16-8 after the Bulldogs two-point conversion. But Andrew Jones’ touchdown run in the fourth put the game out of reach.
Holder was particularly impressed with the team’s defensive effort.
“That’s pretty impressive if you can keep a team from running like that,” Holder said. “Our defensive staff has done a good job with this group. We are getting better. We’ve got three guys (Sihem Smith, Gabriel King, and Ezekiel King) who pretty much don’t come off the field up front. Their drive is really important for us.”
Mount Airy hosts Carroll County (Va.) next week. The Cavaliers lost to Galax in Week 1 and beat Floyd County Friday night.
Mount Airy 22, Thomasville 8
Mount Airy 9 0 0 13 - 22
Thomasville 0 0 0 8 - 8
MA: Shay Wilson 11 run (run failed)
MA: Robert Brown 35 FG
MA: Wilson 1 run (Brown kick)
T: DJ Spann 71 pass from Hiygee Martin (Christian Young pass from Martin)
MA: Andrew Jones 4 run (kick failed)