WALNUT COVE — Levi Wray ran for 155 yards and a touchdown and Andrew Nance ran for two touchdowns as East Wilkes opened the 2014 season with a 22-8 win over South Stokes.
East Wilkes Coach J.K. Adkins said that 2014 was a new year and last year’s 1-11 record and 51-50 loss to the Saura didn’t mean anything this time around. He was right.
“Our kids played well,” Adkins said. “They gutted it out. They played well enough on offense and well enough on defense to win.
“I’m very proud of our kids.”
Adkins said South Stokes put soem nice size on the field Friday night, but his team was up to the challenge. “I think our conditioning played a factor,” he said. “We had less players on both sides of the ball.
“The fourth quarter - that was ther difference. Our kids were in a little bit better shape.”
Nance, a junior making his first start at quarterback, scored on a 20-yard run to open the scoring with 7:35 to play inthe first quarter. Wray ran it in for the two-point conversion and the Cardinals were up 8-0.
With 3:47 left in the second quarter, Wray found the end zone from 24 yards out. Chase Vernon caught the two-point conversion pass from Nance and it was 16-0.
Nance, from one yard out, scored with 11:18 to play in the game. The two-point conversion failed.
The Sauras scored their points with 6:55 left in the game.
Wray picked up his yards on 25 carries. “He did an excellent job running the football,” Adkins said. “His effort was great. He ran it hard and he protected the ball.”
Adkins was also pleased with Nance, who filled at quarterback after Colby Holcomb and Chris Ward were injured the past two weeks. “He had one full week of practice,” Adkins said. “He did a great job for the offense and running the option.”
East Wilkes stays on the road to face Surry Central next Friday night.