Saturday, October 10, 2015

Moe Neal Sets County Records As Forestview Rolls North Gaston

                It was a big day for the Forestview Jaguars and running-back Moe Neal. Forestview blew out North Gaston 40-14 and Moe Neal broke county records in scoring just a week after setting a new record for yards from scrimmage. Neal had 128 yards receiving on the night and 120 yards rushing.

                Things did not start the way Forestview wanted. The Wildcats received the opening kickoff and went right to work. The drive was capped off with a two-yard touchdown run by Quadray Watson. Christian Stewart’s kick made it 7-0 Wildcats. But the Jaguars answered immediately. On the first play of the ensuing drive, quarterback Colton Guthrie tossed the ball to Moe Neal at the line of scrimmage. Neal took it 80-yards for the touchdown. Dylan Disarro tied it with the extra point kick.

                The Jaguars extended their lead with a Guthrie 33-yard touchdown pass to Josh Green. The kick failed, but it wouldn’t matter. Neal extended Forestview’s lead with a 25-yard touchdown run. North Gaston appeared to cut Forestview’s lead with a long kickoff return. But penalties brought it back. Wildcats head coach Mike Patton said that was the turning point of the game.

                The onslaught continued from there. Guthrie’s one-yard touchdown pass to Jared Carter and Disarro’s extra point made it 27-7 Forestview. Just before the half, Guthrie connected with Neal again for a 22-yard touchdown pass with two defenders around him. The score was 33-7 at half-time.

                Neal scored Forestview’s only touchdown in the second half with a ten-yard touchdown run. Disarro was 6-for-8 on extra points. Then the subs started coming in.

                The Wildcats scored an oh-by-the-way touchdown in the fourth quarter with a two-yard touchdown run by Prince Fox. Stewart’s extra point made it 40-14. The Wildcats threatened late in the game, but turned the ball over.

                “It’s good to be 3-0 in the conference. We got a great challenge coming up next week.” said Forestview head coach Chris Medlin “The defense responded well after that first drive. The offense helped us out. We bounced right back from there and we got going pretty good.”

                “We got to go back to work and get ready to play Stewart Cramer. We made too many mistakes early. We have to eliminate ourselves as an opponent.” said North Gaston head coach Mike Patton “We didn’t do that the first half and we got into a big hole. It’s hard to get out of that hole against a talented team.”

                Last week against Ashbrook, the Wildcats won the turnover ratio as they had none. The Green Wave had two. Tonight however, they turned the ball over three times while Forestview only turned it over once.

                “Last week, we had two takeaways, one penalty and no turnovers and we came out on top. That’s the way we have to play in order to compete in this conference.” Patton said.

                North Gaston (3-4)(1-2) travels to play the Storm (4-3)(1-2) next week. Forestview (4-3)(3-0) will be home against South Point (5-2)(3-0). The winner of this game will be one step closer to locking up a share of the conference title.

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