DOBSON — The Golden Eagles downed East Wilkes, 30-20, Friday thanks to some big plays from the defense.
Surry Central had a couple of nice defensive stands on first downs in the red zone. East Wilkes came away with zero points on those two drives.
On one of those drives, the Eagles had the ball deep in their own territory. Kirk Needham threw a pass, but East’s Robbie Bentley picked it off and headed for the end zone.
The Eagles reacted quickly and brought the defender down before he could score, but the ball was marked inside the 2-yard line. That gave East Wilkes four tries from about 6 feet out.
One of the biggest plays of the night came as East Wilkes tried to go wide with a deep running back.
Tyler Daniels got off the ball and shot into the backfield to stop the runner all the way back at the 12-yard line.
After that, East Wilkes ended up turning the ball over on downs.
In the third quarter, Central punted the ball to about East’s 30-yard line. The Cards moved the ball all the way to a first down in the red zone. Then the home team clamped down again.
The Cards turned the ball over on downs at the 7-yard line.
Tyler’s big play on the first goal-line stand set the tone for the whole team. Then linebacker Stephen Bruner made the stop on fourth down.
Early in the second half, Surry Central defensive back Kirk Needham made an interception. Linebacker Zack Martin saw the interception and turned to start blocking for a return.
Kirk went down pretty quickly, and Zack didn’t see it, said Southern. Zack made a pancake block that would have been great, except an official was blowing the whistle over at another part of the field.
Zack was ejected for knocking the player down, which means he couldn’t come back for the rest of that game and will sit this Friday against Wilkes Central, too.
After an open date this Friday, the Cardinals host North Iredell Sept. 12.