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Firebirds run past CB Aycock, 43-8

Posted on September 5, 2021

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Southern Nash quarterback Brock Alford (10) gets off a throw under pressure from a C.B. Aycock defender during Friday's home game. The Firebirds won 43-8.

Jyronn Brinkley | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash quarterback Brock Alford (10) gets off a throw under pressure from a C.B. Aycock defender during Friday's home game. The Firebirds won 43-8.

Southern Nash kicker Jonathan Daniels prepares to get his foot into an extra-point attempt during Friday's game against C.B. Aycock at Firebirds Stadium. Southern Nash won 43-8.

Jyronn Brinkley | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash kicker Jonathan Daniels prepares to get his foot into an extra-point attempt during Friday's game against C.B. Aycock at Firebirds Stadium. Southern Nash won 43-8.

Southern Nash quarterback Brock Alford (10) gets off a throw under pressure from a C.B. Aycock defender during Friday's home game. The Firebirds won 43-8.

Jyronn Brinkley | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash quarterback Brock Alford (10) gets off a throw under pressure from a C.B. Aycock defender during Friday's home game. The Firebirds won 43-8.

Southern Nash kicker Jonathan Daniels prepares to get his foot into an extra-point attempt during Friday's game against C.B. Aycock at Firebirds Stadium. Southern Nash won 43-8.

Jyronn Brinkley | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash kicker Jonathan Daniels prepares to get his foot into an extra-point attempt during Friday's game against C.B. Aycock at Firebirds Stadium. Southern Nash won 43-8.

Southern Nash kicker Jonathan Daniels prepares to get his foot into an extra-point attempt during Friday's game against C.B. Aycock at Firebirds Stadium. Southern Nash won 43-8.
Southern Nash quarterback Brock Alford (10) gets off a throw under pressure from a C.B. Aycock defender during Friday's home game. The Firebirds won 43-8.

Making the most of a challenging week in terms of logistics, the Southern Nash High varsity football team first avoided going two weeks without a game, then turned its double-wing offense loose against Charles B. Aycock in sprinting to a 43-8 victory Friday evening at Firebirds Stadium.

Originally scheduled to play at Fike on Thursday, the Firebirds received word Aug. 31 that Fike’s current COVID-19 issues would extend into last week. Therefore, Southern Nash spent the balance of its Aug. 31 practice looking for an opponent, and by the time the Firebirds walked off the practice field, they had identified a new opponent in CBA.

The Golden Falcons were available after their scheduled opponent, North Lenoir, ran into its own quarantine issues.

Southern Nash, in running its record to 2-0, ran for 281 yards and induced the running clock by taking a 43-0 lead on the 3-A Quad County Conference Falcons (0-3) with 9:58 remaining.

“That part, I thought we handled really well,” first-year Southern Nash head coach Brian Batchelor said. “Our defensive coaches came up with a plan to kind of keep things simple and let our kids play and don’t try to have too many adjustments. I thought that was a good plan to have our kids settle in and play.”

Senior Sammy Gandy ripped off a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown, with senior Jackson Vick scoring on runs of 13 and 8 yards to put the 3-A Firebirds of the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference up 21-0 in the second quarter.

Zyshone White, a senior, plunged in from five yards out in the second quarter, while senior kicker Jonathan Daniels kicked a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to send Southern Nash into the locker room with a 31-0 advantage.

Junior Tralon Mitchell tallied 108 yards on just 10 carries, zipping to long touchdown runs of 26 and 40 yards in the second half. Mitchell’s 40-yard burst triggered the running clock in the third quarter.

The Firebirds didn’t turn in a clean game from a penalty standpoint, as they were flagged 11 times for 95 yards. Ball security proved problematic as the hosts fumbled five times and lost four — but prevailed easily despite losing the turnover margin.

“That will not last very long,” Batchelor said. “That costs you a game more times than not.”

CBA avoided the shutout with 3:48 remaining on junior Daniel Frederick’s 36-yard TD run. Senior David Reid III added the two-point conversion.

Southern Nash continues nonconference play this week as it hosts South Granville.

Southern Nash  43
C.B. Aycock         8
                                        CBA      SN
First Downs                      4          17
Yards rushing                 53       281
Yards passing                18        87
Passes-Comp.-Int.    10-3-1    6-4-0
Punts-Average           4-31       0-0
Fumbles-Lost            1-1          5-4
Penalties-Yards       5-35     11-95
Score by quarters:
C.B. Aycock 0 0 0 8 8
Southern Nash 14 17 6 6 43
Scoring Summary:
SN — Gandy 74 punt return (Daniels kick) 9:47, 1st
SN — Vick 13 run (Daniels kick) 3:56, 1st
SN — Vick 8 run (Daniels kick) 5:47, 2nd
SN — White 5 run (Daniels kick) 4:25, 2nd
SN — Daniels 30 FG, 0:00, 2nd
SN — Mitchell 26 run (kick failed) 4:11, 3rd
SN — Mitchell 40 run (kick failed) 9:58, 4th
CBA — Frederick 36 run (Reid III run) 3:48, 4th
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING — Southern Nash: Tralon Mitchell 10-108, 2 TDs, Jackson Vick 14-89, 2 TDs, Sammy Gandy 4-39, Zyshone White 2-24, TD, Leo Jones 1-14, Caden Ricks-Tucker 1-8, Justin Braswell 1-2, Team 1-minus 3.
PASSING — Southern Nash: Brock Alford 1-1-0, 43 yards; Zyshone White 5-3-0, 44 yards.
RECEIVING — Southern Nash: John Tolleson 1-43, T.J. Taybron 1-30, Jackson Vick 1-5, Sammy Gandy 1-9.
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