After Blowing a 35-14 lead before half-time and watching Carson take a 42-35 lead early in the third quarter, the Jaguars decided that was enough. Moe Neal would carry the team on his legs as he scored three out of four of Forestview’s last touchdowns and the defense stiffened allowing Carson no more scores until the last minute of the game. That made the final score 63-48.
Neal scored on runs of 44, 42, 42, 11 and 1 and he amassed 291 yards. Forestview jumped on the board first with a J.C, Crawford 66-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Bumgardner. Carson tied it up the ensuing drive with an Austin McNeil 30-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Huneycutt. The Jaguars went back at it with three-yard touchdown run by Montavis Rogers. After a Carson fumble, the Jaguars were back in business. But they gave the ball right back when they fumbled the snap. Tyler Reynolds took the fumbled ball for a 41-yard touchdown score.
Then Forestview went on their first-half tear. A one-yard plunge and 44-yard dash into the end-zone by Neal and a six-yard touchdown reception by Jarvis Jeffries made the score 35-14. It would be the Cougars turn to respond. McNeil cut the Jaguars lead with a 12-yard touchdown run. The Jaguars would self-destruct from then on. Being forced to punt, the Jaguars had their punt blocked by Max Lear and Tre Williams took it in for a touchdown.
Trying to get momentum back, Crawford attempted a deep pass intended for Mykelti Armstrong, but Tyrese Paul intercepted it with four seconds left. Carson did a hook-and-lateral pass that Darren Isom took 70 yards for a touchdown to tie it up at 35-35 at half-time.
Neither team got anything going on their first drive in the second half. The Cougars once again blocked a Jaguar punt. This time, it was Lear again. A touchdown pass from McNeil to Isom and the extra point by Logan Correll gave the Cougars a 42-35 lead.
The Jaguars would not take long to respond. Moe Neal’s 42-yard touchdown run cut the lead to 42-41. The extra point was blocked though. But the Jaguars would take the lead back on their next drive. Set up by a Neal 50-yard run, Jarvis Jeffries scored from the one yard line and J.C. Crawford’s run for the two-point try made it 49-42.
Neal scored on another 42-yard run with eight minutes left and Rouse’s kick gave Forestview a 56-42 lead. Carson was running out of chances. Two sacks by Jarvis Jeffries forced the Cougars to punt. The Jaguars then chewed the clock and with a minute to go put the nail in the coffin with a minute left in the game with Neal’s 11-yard touchdown run.
Carson did score an oh-by-the-way touchdown with Austin McNeil’s five-yard touchdown run, the extra point was blocked though. The Jaguars then recovered the on-side kick and sealed the victory.
“That’s what a veteran team of 24 seniors does for you.” Forestview head coach Chris Medlin said about Forestview bouncing back from their late second quarter woes “We fought when we could have folded and we kept our composure.”
“I feel like the line did a great job and imposed their will. Moe was outstanding and Mykelti’s (Armstrong) big catch helped us out. The defense shut them down in the second half. I was just proud of the kids. Carson is a good football team. It’s good to beat a quality team in the first round.”
“I thought they made more big plays.” First-year Carson head coach Joe Pinyan said “I thought our kids played with a lot of heart. We needed to make one more big play, either on offense, defense or special teams but Forestview would not let us get it."
Pinyan on Carson's 28 unanswered points that gave them a 42-35 lead after trailing 35-14 "Our kids showed great resilience.”
Pinyan previously coached at Salisbury where he won a state title. Forestview will travel to take on Freedom, a 33-13 winner over East Rowan. This was Forestview's second playoff win in school history, but their first ever road playoff victory. The Jaguars hope this is the first of many. The Jaguars last playoff win was in 2009 against Weddington 28-7.