Prep Football: West Forsyth 13, Davie 10
By Brian Pitts
MOCKSVILLE - A rigorous slate of games started last night for Davie County, and it started in painful style, losing 13-10 to visiting West Forsyth. Two first-half possessions near the West goal line netted just three points, and those flameouts came back to haunt the War Eagles (6-2 overall), who fell to 1-1 in the Central Piedmont Conference. For the Titans (4-3, 1-1), this eased the sting of a 24-19 loss to Reagan. The CPC is wide open. North Davidson is the only one without a loss, and Davie plays host to North in the final week. "I got up this morning, looked at my wife and said: 'Honey, we've got to have this one,'" said an ecstatic West coach Adrian Snow. "You don't have to tell your kids that. They knew it. The CPC, what a race." "Our goals are still in our grasp," Davie coach Doug Illing said. "All we've got to do is take one week at a time." On the game's first possession, the War Eagles were poised to take a 7-0 lead. They had first-and-goal at the 5 and second down at the 2. But they fizzled and had to settle for Garrett Nestor's 28-yard field goal. Later in the half, after West had covered 74 yards in five plays to take a 7-3 lead, Johnathan Wiseman broke a 79-yard kickoff return to the West 4. What a shame that Wiseman's return went for naught. Parker Correll threw incomplete on third-and-goal at the 6, and Cade Carney threw incomplete on fourth down. That left West with the 7-3 lead at the break. Illing lamented the missed opportunities. "We didn't cash in early," he said. "If we score (a TD on the first possession), they might fold the tents and - who knows- we might win by 20. We left them in the game, gave them hope and got in a dogfight." Davie fumbled at its 43. Nine plays later, after quarterback Andy Weeks' hard count drew Davie offside on fourth-and-3, Weeks scored from 6 yards out. The kick failed, but West led 13-3 with 10:56 left. With the War Eagles' offense needing a jolt, they finally regained a rhythm. They marched 66 yards, answering with 22- and 28-yard runs by Carney, who scored on the latter on a third-and-9 QB sweep. Nestor's point-after kick made it 13-10 with 8:18 to go. Davie's defense forced a punt, and the War Eagles took over at their 37 with 3:59 left. Carney's 6-yard run produced first down at the West 38. But Carney lost 5 yards on the next play, followed by three straight incompletions. It's typically tense and suspenseful when these rivals meet. The last four have been decided by a total of 17 points, with West winning for the first time since '09. "I'm proud of our team," Illing said. "They gave a lot of effort. We played a good team. They outexecuted us." Carney was 62 percent of Davie's offense, rushing 27 times for 134 yards. Neither team could get anything going in the air. West rode the rushing of Kealand Dirks (122 yards on 22 carries) and Weeks (84 yards on 10 carries). Notes: The War Eagles allowed the most points since a 14-7 loss to West Rowan in week two. ... It was Davie's lowest offensive output since the W. Rowan game.