PILOT MOUNTAIN — It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s another passing touchdown!
East Surry returned to David H. Diamont Stadium on Oct. 23 for its first home football game in well over a month. In their two previous home games this season, the Cardinals passed for more than 300 yards to defeat a Wilkes County team by double digits (41-14 vs. East Wilkes, 61-6 vs. North Wilkes). East Surry commemorated its return home by doing just that: passing for more than 300 yards to defeat a Wilkes Co. team by double digits.
The Cardinals defeated West Wilkes 62-0 to move to 8-0 overall. East, now 5-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference, secured a share of the conference title with Saturday’s win partnered with a Week 10 loss by Surry Central. East Surry can secure its third-consecutive outright conference championship by defeating Central (6-3, 4-1 FH2A) in the season finale on Oct. 29.
The Cardinals took to the skies on offense. Of East Surry’s 386 total yards, 340 were passing and only 46 were rushing. Quarterback Folger Boaz completed 16-of-22 passes and also threw a career-high seven passing touchdowns. Friday’s game was Boaz’s sixth career game of at least 300 yards passing.
Six different Cardinal players caught passes from Boaz, and four caught touchdown passes. Layton Allen led all receivers with four catches for 120 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Trey Armstrong also surpassed the century mark with four catches for 112 yards, two of which went for touchdowns.
In addition to having his first career game of 100 yards receiving, Armstrong took a punt return 70 yards to the house.
Colby Johnson added two receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Will Jones had three catches for 36 yards and the final aerial TD. Luke Brown and Kyle Zinn combined for three receptions for 14 yards.
East Surry’s 23 yards rushing in the first half of Friday’s game all came on one play. Boaz scrambled for a 23-yard touchdown run near the start of the second quarter. Eli Beck added four carries for 23 yards in the second half.
Kicker Stephen Brantley converted 8-of-9 PATs.
The Cardinals scored 55 points in the first half with a time of possession of just 3:15. Six of the Cards’ seven first-half possessions lasted under 30 seconds, and the longest only went for 1:13.
East Surry’s defense spent the remaining 21:45 of the first half and most of the second half on the field. That wasn’t a problem, though, as the Cardinals only gave up 46 total yards in the shutout win.
West Wilkes rushed 33 times for a net gain of 15 yards. The Cardinals had two sacks and 14 tackles for a loss. Brett Clayton led the team with six tackles for a loss, followed by Joseph Grezmak with five, and Eli Becker, Izaiah Gulledge and Hatcher Hamm with one TFL each. Hamm and Daniel Villasenor each picked up a sack, and Will Jones added an interception.
Clayton and Grezmak were the Cards’ leading tacklers, finished with 12 and 10 total tackles, respectively. Villasenor and Joshua Parker each had seven total tackles, Kyle Zinn had five and Hamm added four.
West Wilkes – 0, 0, 0, 0 = 0
East Surry – 28, 27, 0, 7 = 61
11:46 ESHS 7-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen 45-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
8:04 ESHS 14-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen 40-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
4:16 ESHS 21-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Trey Armstrong 13-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
4:16 ESHS 28-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Trey Armstrong 59-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
10:47 ESHS 35-0 – Folger Boaz 23-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
6:17 ESHS 41-0 – Trey Armstrong 70-yard punt return for a TD, PAT no good
3:25 ESHS 48-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Colby Johnson 41-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
0:47 ESHS 55-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen 20-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
2:09 ESHS 62-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Will Jones 25-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT