Vick's big night sparks Firebirds past Fike | The Enterprise
SearchHelpSubscribe / renew
LoginCreate account

Vick's big night sparks Firebirds past Fike

Posted on March 15, 2021

SportsSchool Sports
Fike’s El Avent (1) is wrapped up by Donterrius Kingsberry-Evans (34) of Southern Nash during Friday’s game. The Firebirds won 41-39.

Amberleigh Dornseif | Special to The Enterprise

Fike’s El Avent (1) is wrapped up by Donterrius Kingsberry-Evans (34) of Southern Nash during Friday’s game. The Firebirds won 41-39.

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (26) takes off with the ball as Fike linebackers Amir Clark (58) and Noah Rowland (10) are in pursuit during Friday’s home opener for the Firebirds. Vick rushed for 329 yards and five touchdowns in Southern Nash’s 41-39 win.

Sheldon Vick | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (26) takes off with the ball as Fike linebackers Amir Clark (58) and Noah Rowland (10) are in pursuit during Friday’s home opener for the Firebirds. Vick rushed for 329 yards and five touchdowns in Southern Nash’s 41-39 win.

Fike’s El Avent (1) is wrapped up by Donterrius Kingsberry-Evans (34) of Southern Nash during Friday’s game. The Firebirds won 41-39.

Amberleigh Dornseif | Special to The Enterprise

Fike’s El Avent (1) is wrapped up by Donterrius Kingsberry-Evans (34) of Southern Nash during Friday’s game. The Firebirds won 41-39.

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (26) takes off with the ball as Fike linebackers Amir Clark (58) and Noah Rowland (10) are in pursuit during Friday’s home opener for the Firebirds. Vick rushed for 329 yards and five touchdowns in Southern Nash’s 41-39 win.

Sheldon Vick | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (26) takes off with the ball as Fike linebackers Amir Clark (58) and Noah Rowland (10) are in pursuit during Friday’s home opener for the Firebirds. Vick rushed for 329 yards and five touchdowns in Southern Nash’s 41-39 win.

A monster rushing effort by Southern Nash High junior Jackson Vick was just enough to hold off a young Fike team intent on upsetting the order of the 3-A Big East Conference varsity football race as the Firebirds survived their home opener Friday, 41-39.

Vick ran for 329 yards and five touchdowns in the scorefest that saw the teams combine for nearly 900 yards of offense. However, both squads struggled on extra points as Fike missed two and came up short on a two-point conversion run. 

“I thought our kids played really hard. I thought both teams played really hard,” Fike head coach Tom Nelson said. “It came down to a couple of plays that we were unfortunately on the wrong side of.”

Nelson pointed to a second-quarter fumble by the Firebirds that a Fike defender picked up but ended up losing, giving the ball back to Southern Nash for an eventual touchdown.

The Firebirds also struggled with PAT kicks and conversions but were able to get two conversion runs to count and didn’t give up the lead in the fourth quarter after doing that in losing their first two games.

“I was disappointed with the first two weeks, but I could understand how it happened,” Firebirds head coach Brian Foster said. “Even tonight, we could have lost that game.”

The Golden Demons (1-2, 0-1 Big East) put pressure on Southern Nash from the outset. Freshman N’Carrius Woodard gave Fike the first points on a 15-yard TD run with 5:28 to play with Will Fogleman’s extra point making it 7-0.

However, Southern Nash answered with its main weapon — Vick, a 6-foot, 171-pound wingback who toiled behind the top two rushers in Southern Nash history, Zonovan Knight and Quinton Cooley, the past two seasons. Now the featured back, Vick rang up 329 yards on 29 carries. His 60-yard scoring sprint and a PAT from junior Roan Wachowicz tied the score with 4:02 left in the first quarter.

The teams continued to trade TDs throughout the rest of the first half. Demons junior quarterback Demari Daniels, who was 11 for 20 for 209 yards and three TDs, connected with junior Noah Rowland on a 26-yard scoring pass to put Fike back in front. However, Southern Nash marched downfield, culminating in Vick’s eight-yard scoring scamper. Both teams failed to convert the PAT kick and were tied 13-13.

Fike threatened to take the lead into halftime after senior Tyrikk Hines galloped 24 yards to the end zone and Fogleman hit the extra point with under three minutes to play, but that was enough for Southern Nash to mount another scoring drive. This one ended with quarterback Chason Royal finding freshman Jordan Vick for a 20-yard TD on the Firebirds’ only pass attempt. Jordan Vick then ran in the two-point conversion to give the Firebirds a 21-20 halftime lead.

The second half started with Jackson Vick darting 58 yards less than 14 minutes into the half.

“He’s the fastest kid on the field and you have breakdowns and lose contain and the next thing you know, they’re getting ready to kick the extra point,” Nelson said.

But the Firebirds were having trouble containing Daniels and the Fike passing game. The junior found D.J. Bolling for a 43-yard TD.

“I thought Demari played really well,” Nelson said. “I thought his decision-making was good. Our backs ran hard, our line blocked well, we caught the ball. ... It comes down to just a couple of plays and we’ve got to get on the right side of that at some point.”

The Firebirds answered in the final minute of the third quarter on Jackson Vick’s five-yard run. Woodard’s 10-yard TD completed a quick drive by Fike and left the Demons behind 33-32 with 10:02 remaining.

Southern Nash killed nearly half that time left with a drive that ended with Jackson Vick’s 45-yard TD run. The two-point run by senior Terrence Raspberry made it a nine-point game with 5:21 to go.

Daniels had an 11-yard run for Fike’s final TD and, with Fogleman’s kick, the Demons trailed just 41-39 with 3:36 to play. But the onside kick was smothered by Southern Nash senior Isaiah Bland and the Firebirds never relinquished possession.

It was the kind of battle Foster said he expects every week in the Big East, which the Firebirds have won for five straight seasons.

“When you win a lot, people want what you have and they’re going to do everything they can to get it,” he said. 

Fike’s Rowland exited the game with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter but Nelson said he hopes it’s just a sprain.

“It was a physical game,” Nelson said. “A lot of guys are going to be feeling it in the morning.”

Southern Nash 41

Fike 39

                      F  SN 

First Downs 12 15

Yards rushing 172 492

Yards passing 209 20

Passes-Comp.-Int. 20-11-0 1-1-0

Punts-Average 2-26 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2

Penalties-Yards 3-15 9-55

Score by quarters

Fike 13 7 6 13 39

Southern Nash 7 14 12 8 41

Scoring summary

F — Woodard 15 run (Fogleman kick), 5:28, 1st.

SN — Ja. Vick 60 run (Wachowicz kick), 4:02, 1st.

F — Rowland 26 pass from Daniels (kick failed), 1:48, 1st.

SN — Ja. Vick 8 run (kick failed), 7:10, 2nd

F -— Hines 24 run (Fogleman kick), 2:46, 2nd.

SN — Jo. Vick 20 pass from Royal (Jo. Vick run), 0:25, 2nd.

SN -— Ja. Vick 58 run (kick failed), 11:36, 3rd.

F — Bolling 43 pass from Daniels (kick failed), 8:32, 3rd.

SN — Ja. Vick 5 run (run failed), 0:53, 3rd.

F — Woodard 10 run (run failed), 10:02, 4th.

SN — Ja. Vick 45 run (Raspberry run), 5:21, 4th.

F — Daniels 7 run (Fogleman kick), 3:36, 4th.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Fike: Demari Daniels 11-58, TD; Tyrikk Hines 8-49, TD; Woodard 9-65, 2 TDs. Southern Nash: Sammy Gandy 6-32; Jackson Vick 29-329, 5 TDs; Xavien Smith 4-50; Royal 1-minus 3; Jordan Vick 16-73; Zyshonne Pearce 1-3; Terrence Raspberry 2-8; Team 2-0.

PASSING — Fike: Demari Daniels 20-11-0, 209 yards, 2 TDs. Southern Nash: Chason Royal 1-1-0, 20 yards, 1 TD.

RECEIVING — Fike: Jaiquan King 5-100; N’Carrius Woodard 1-10; Noah Rowland 1-26, TD; D.J. Bolling 1-43, TD; Tyrikk Hines 3-30. Southern Nash: 1-20, TD.

Related content

Firebirds fall short: Gryphons hang on for 28-26 win

Untimely fumbles and a generous defense have been the two primary culprits for the Southern Nash Hig...

2 Southern Nash players earn Times All-Area honors

Two Southern Nash High basketball players have been named to The Wilson Times’ 2021 All-Area team. T...

Cooper throws no-hitter as Ladybirds crush Hunt

WILSON — The pregame vibes surrounding the Southern Nash High varsity softball team couldn’t have be...


Local News

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

Cold front will chase away storm clouds

By Al Thomas
| April 10, 2021

Warm, humid air and a chance of showers and thunderstorms should be the mainstay for the Wilson Time...

Bailey man wins $100,000 scratch-off prize

For The Enterprise
| April 5, 2021

On a whim, John Bunn of Bailey decided to try his luck on an Extreme Cash ticket and walked away the...

Albert Thomas Jr.

WEATHERCAST

Storm chances to rise later this week

By Al Thomas
| April 5, 2021

Warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday in the Wilson Times area will probabl...

Trending recipes