After a tough season-opening loss on the road at Murphy last week, Pisgah football has bounced back with a convincing win at home over Enka.
As the sun set over the mountains west of Canton, the Pisgah faithful filled the stands, eagerly awaiting the booming mill whistle that would signal the kickoff of the Bears’ first home game of 2019. And although Enka drew first blood, Pisgah didn’t disappoint its fans, as the team picked up steam throughout the game to walk away with the 42-7 victory.
Much to the eager fans’ dismay, Pisgah was caught off guard right away. On the Jets' second play of the game, running back Jackson Smith got around the left side, broke a tackle, picked up a crucial block and went 64 yards for the touchdown. With the extra point, Enka was up 7-0 less than a minute into the game.
The next drive, despite good running on a combination of inside and outside rushes by Levi Cagle, Hunter Cseledy and Eric Robinson, Pisgah fumbled on Enka’s 3-yard line and turned the ball over. However, just a couple plays later, Enka gave the ball right back to The Bears, who took back over right where they left off, leading to a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Korey Griffith. After a two-point conversion, Pisgah took an 8-7 lead.
After going back and forth for a couple drives as the first quarter wound down, The Bears executed a long drive that got them within scoring range. After Enka accepted a hold when declining it would have made it fourth down, on third and 18, Griffith connected with junior Cain Early for a 25-yd touchdown.
Then The Bears kept pouring it on. As the first half dwindled, Griffith led the team on another steady drive that ended when he hit an 18-yard fade on a third and 10 to Ryan Reynolds for another touchdown. Pisgah ended the half up 27-7.
As the Milltown defense held strong drive after drive, The Bears' offense continued the onslaught throughout the second half. The first two drives both ate time off the clock and ended in touchdowns as both Griffith and Cseledy found pay dirt on four-yard runs.
Notably, Griffith clearly gained confidence as those two drives progressed, and on the second drive, he hit a beautifully thrown pass deep down the middle to speedster Jaxon Jarrell that went for 47 yards. Pisgah entered the fourth quarter up 36-7.
But Griffith and company weren’t done yet. On the very first play of the fourth quarter, the junior quarterback hit a wide open Keegan Hudson for a 26-yard touchdown. After a missed extra point, Pisgah took a 42-7 lead, and that would be the score at the end of the game.
Check Monday’s Mountaineer for a full recap.