EAST BEND — After coming off a huge win at North Iredell, and getting off to a 2-0 start, the Forbush Falcons were looking to continue their winning streak with a win over North Wilkes on Friday night. The Falcons came out firing in the first 12 seconds, but the joy didn’t last long as the final three quarters were all about the Vikings and a 42-7 outcome.
On the first play of the night, the Falcons got off to the best start imaginable as Zane Johnson took a hand-off from quarterback Blake Winebarger and ran the ball for a 65-yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. Forbush felt great as it went ahead 7-0, but it would be the only shining moment as North Wilkes had different plans for the night. The Falcons were relying on Johnson to gain yards down the field. He was able to gather 97 yards on six carries in the first quarter, before the Vikings changed their strategy and started shutting his runs down.
On the next possession, the Vikings drove down the field until they were in Falcon territory on the 10-yard line. Jarrett Grimes scrambled in the end zone for his first touchdown of the night, and tied the game 7-7. From there, Grimes and the Vikings put the Falcons defense to work as they scored two quick touchdowns before the half to earn a 21-7 lead. The Falcons had several notable plays in the second quarter, as Shane Hutchens and Omar Montalvan made two great catches to give the Falcons to separate first downs. The Falcons were unable to turn the impressive first downs into a touchdown, as time ran out right before the half.
The second half, the Falcons were looking to get back into the game with a huge stop on the kickoff, and they got the stop they needed thanks to Alex Boyles. A Wilkes receiver dropped the ball on the kickoff and scrambled to pick it up, Boyles was the first Falcons player to the receiver and made the tackle at the five-yard line to give the Falcons defense great field position to make a stop.
The Vikings once again had other plans as North Wilkes made three drives down the field before back up quarterback, Daniel Pruitt, found an open receiver in the end zone for a 20-yard pass reception touchdown to give the Vikings a 28-7 lead with nine minutes left in the third quarter. On the Vikings’ next possession, Grimes sealed the deal with a 45-yard run touchdown the give Wilkes a 35-7 lead.
Just as it looked like the Falcons defense was out to make a stop in the fourth quarter, the Vikings scored their final touchdown of the night as Haven Winebarger found the end zone to give the Vikings a 42-7 win.
Forbush will be looking to put this non-conference game in the rear-view mirror, and focus on the other games it has coming up this season. The first game the Falcons will be looking toward is their next match-up as they travel to their cross-county rivals, Starmount, for the annual Unifi Bowl Sept. 9. The Falcons are looking to break an 11-year losing streak, and finally bring the Unifi Bowl trophy back to East Bend.
Notes: Forbush was without its starting quarterback, Jackson Cooper, on Friday night due to a calf injury. He is expected to play in the Unifi Bowl.
Kristian Russell may be reached at 336-258-4052.