Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jaguars Get First Conference Win of the Year

                Forestview found themselves in a tight game in the first half, but pulled away in the second half with a 48-14 trouncing of North Gaston. The Jaguars ruined North Gaston’s Homecoming and improves to 2-4 and 1-1 in Big South Conference play.

                Forestview’s Octavius Wallace had another big night scoring on touchdown runs of 57, 31 and 11 respectively. Fellow runningback Dominique Adams also had three scores. One was from 30 yards, and from one-yard. Adams also had a long receiving touchdown pass from quarterback Logan Bradley.

                Corey Staley accounted for North Gaston’s two scores. Staley scored first, giving North Gaston a 7-0 lead with a 31-yard run. Staley scored from 66-yards out midway through the second quarter to cut Forestview’s lead to 21-14.

                However, that would be as close as North Gaston got. The Wildcats would sniff the end-zone late in the third quarter, but fumbled at the one-yard line. The Jaguars wouldn’t capitalize on the turnover but they would pull away later. 

Adams’s one-yard run into the end-zone extended Forestview’s lead to 35-14. The Jaguar would put the game away with Freshman Montavis Rogers one-yard plunge for a touchdown. Wallace closed out the night with an 11-yard scamper into the end-zone.

                “We needed a win. We needed to get back some confidence.” Forestview head coach Chris Medlin said “They executed and I thought we did well allowing only 14 points.”

                Forestview will be back home as they host conference favorite, South Point.

“We’re going to enjoy this one tonight. We’ll worry about them tomorrow and the kids will worry about them Monday.”

                “Our kids work hard and we have the support of the community.” North Gaston head coach Mike Patton said “We need to eliminate ourselves as an opponent. We turned the ball over too many times. If we can stop doing that, we can play with anybody.”

                It does not help the young Wildcat squad that they play in such a rigorous conference. “It’s one of the toughest, if not the toughest, conferences in the state.”

                South Point won the state title in 2003 and 2009. Crest won it in 2003 and 2004 and was runner-up just last year. Kings Mountain made a deep run in 2008. Ashbrook won their state title in 2002.

                North Gaston will face two of the conference toughest teams in the following weeks. They travel to Crest next before traveling to Kings Mountain. North Gaston will end their regular season play a week early as they host South Point.

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