North Surry led 14-7 in the first quarter, but couldn’t score again in a 24-14 loss to Forbush Friday night.
The Greyhounds fell to 4-7 on the year and saw their playoff chances drop to very slim.
Going into the game, the Hounds were part of a four-way tie for second place at 2-2. With the loss, however, the Hounds drop to a tie for fourth place at 2-3. Surry Central holds the tiebreaker with North, so the Hounds actually finish in fifth place.
There are a lot of teams across the state with five or more wins on the season, said Coach Danny Lyons, so it isn’t very likely that North will get a wild card.
On the opening kickoff, Forbush’s Tyler Holden fielded the ball inside his 5-yard line and raced all the way to the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
North Surry’s Dakota Goss, who has three returns for TDs himself this season, took the next kickoff back to midfield.
Then Goss added a 13-yard run on a handoff.
Blaze Acord caught a pass for 20 yards from Hunter Snow. Then Acord had a 10-yard run down to the goal line before he was stopped.
The officials ruled that Acord fumbled at the end of the run, but receiver Alex Edwards fell on the ball to give North a touchdown for a 7-7 tie.
On the next drive, North’s Bo Wright picked off a pass on second down and ran 30 yards to about the Falcons’ 35-yard line.
After a couple of runs got the Hounds into the red zone, Snow broke loose for an 11-yard TD run on a quarterback counter.
With a Caleb Ramey kick, North Surry led 14-7 in the first quarter.
Lyons said it could have been even better as the Hounds then forced the Falcons to turn the ball over on downs. However, the Hounds had to punt.
The Falcons were pinned down at their own 10-yard line, but Jordan Sawyers broke free for a 65-yard carry. Two plays later, the Falcons would score to tie the game at the end of the first quarter 14-all.
In the second quarter, Forbush’s Grayson Fulp completed a pass to Brady Willard for a 40-yard TD pass.
The Hounds tried to answer and reached the Forbush 30 before stalling.
In the third quarter, North Surry put together a good drive and reached the 25-yard line before turning it over on downs.
In the fourth quarter, Forbush kicked a 25-yard field goal for a 24-14 lead.
The Hounds reached Forbush’s 15-yard line, but Snow’s pass over the middle was picked off by Tyler Johnson.
In the first quarter, the offense was running at will, Lyons said. But the Falcons really clamped down on defense and made several key stops after that.
Acord finished with 19 carries for 93 yards, and Goss added 21 yards on just five carries.
Snow had seven carries for 40 yards and completed 7-16 passes for 102 yards.
Edwards had two catches for 28 yards, Acord two catches for 34 yards and Tanner Hodgin two for 41 yards.
This team won only four games, but played everybody tough, said Lyons. There were some leads that slipped away, but that’s part of the game sometimes, he said.
These seniors combined for 29 wins over their four years, between the JV and varsity careers, he said.
The team has a talented junior class and will commit to coming back and being better next season, he said.