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Sloppy but effective Firebirds thrash South Granville

Posted on September 13, 2021

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Southern Nash junior Tralon MItchell (7) runs with the ball during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Mitchell had a 45-yard TD run in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Amberleigh Dornseif | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash junior Tralon MItchell (7) runs with the ball during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Mitchell had a 45-yard TD run in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Southern Nash senior Jackson Vick takes off on a kick return during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Vick ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns as well as a 91-yard kickoff return TD in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Amberleigh Dornseif | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash senior Jackson Vick takes off on a kick return during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Vick ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns as well as a 91-yard kickoff return TD in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Southern Nash junior Tralon MItchell (7) runs with the ball during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Mitchell had a 45-yard TD run in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Amberleigh Dornseif | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash junior Tralon MItchell (7) runs with the ball during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Mitchell had a 45-yard TD run in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Southern Nash senior Jackson Vick takes off on a kick return during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Vick ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns as well as a 91-yard kickoff return TD in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Amberleigh Dornseif | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash senior Jackson Vick takes off on a kick return during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Vick ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns as well as a 91-yard kickoff return TD in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Southern Nash senior Jackson Vick takes off on a kick return during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Vick ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns as well as a 91-yard kickoff return TD in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.
Southern Nash junior Tralon MItchell (7) runs with the ball during Friday’s home game against South Granville. Mitchell had a 45-yard TD run in the Firebirds’ 51-26 win.

Southern Nash High senior Jackson Vick enjoyed his best rushing night of the season as the Firebirds scored 30 straight points to pull away to a 51-26 varsity football win at home Friday against South Granville.

The 3-A Firebirds of the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference upped their season record to 3-0 while the 2-A Vikings of the 2-A/3-A Northern Lakes Conference dipped to 1-3.

The final score wasn’t indicative of much of the night, however, as the Firebirds dropped the football six times, losing possession twice. But as head coach Brian Batchelor pointed out, even the recovered fumbles stalled drives and with 20 in three games, it’s become a problem.

“We’re just not clicking right now the way we need to be, all the way across the board,” Batchelor said. “Way too inconsistent, way too many fumbles, way too many missed assignments on defense. But they’re just kids and we’ve got to keep working. It’s not like they’re trying to go out there and not do well. They’ve just got to be more consistent.”

Eventually, the Firebirds just turned to Vick, who has committed to sign with N.C. State University as a defender. The speedy 5-foot-11, 165-pounder piled up 200 yards and four rushing touchdowns on just seven carries.

Twice, Vick responded to Vikings TDs with scores of his own, including a 91-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. After the Vikings cut the lead to 21-20 on Micah Wilkerson’s 60-yard scoring dash 100 seconds of game time later, Vick answered with a 52-yard run to the end zone.

He would score on runs of 42, 22 and 54 yards in the second half.

Vick wasn’t alone in the scoring column. Tralon Mitchell, who ran for 98 yards on nine carries, scooted 45 yards for a second-quarter TD and senior Sammy Gandy returned a first-quarter punt 54 yards for the game’s first score.

Southern Nash ran for 330 yards on 38 rushes while junior quarterback Brock Alford did not throw a pass.

South Granville ran for 276 yards on 56 yards. Khawann Bobbitt scored twice for the Vikings, who also put two points on the board for Southern Nash when a punt snap sailed out of the end zone.

The Firebirds will visit Nash Central on Friday to kick off Big East play. 

Southern Nash 51

South Granville 26

SG SN

First Downs 10 7

Yards rushing 56-276 38-330

Yards passing 44 0

Passes-Comp.-Int. 2-2-0 0-0

Punts-Average 3-36 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 4-3 6-2

Penalties-Yards 5-50 6-50

Score by quarters:

S. Granville 6 14 0 6 26

S. Nash 14 16 14 7 51

Scoring Summary:

SN — Gandy 54 punt return (Daniels kick), 8:34, 1st.

SG — Khawann Bobbitt 16 run (kick failed), 4:38, 1st.

SN — Tralon Mitchell 45 run (Daniels kick), 2:56, 1st.

SG — Bobbitt 1 run (run failed), 11:05, 2nd.

SN — Jackson Vick 91 kickoff return (Daniels kick), 10:50, 2nd.

SG — Micah Wilkerson 60 run (run), 9:10, 2nd.

SN — Vick 52 run (Daniels kick), 8:50, 2nd.

SN — safety on snap out of end zone, 7:08, 2nd.

SN — Vick 42 run (Daniels kick), 9:05, 3rd.

SN — Vick 22 run (Daniels kick), 6:17, 3rd.

SN — Vick 54 run (Daniels kick), 10:50, 4th.

SG — Bobbitt 4 run (kick blocked), 6:31, 4th.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Jackson Vick 9-200, 4 TDs; Sammy Gandy 2-12; Tralon Mitchell 9-98, TD; Leo Jones 5-9; Zyon Nicholson 2-10; Brock Alford 2-minus 4; Mitchell Jones 3-24; Dontavius Kingsberry-Evans 1-3; Team 5-minus 22.

PASSING — None

RECEIVING — None

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