West Wilkes out-muscles Forbush in opener

By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com
Blake Winebarger looks for an open receiver during Saturday night’s game. - Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple
Derek Jayson takes on a West Wilkes player in the second quarter. - Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple
Landon Rockett recovered a fumble for the Falcons during the first quarter on Saturday night. - Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

MILLERS CREEK — The 2017 football season didn’t start off the way the Forbush Falcons wanted. On Friday night, West Wilkes cancelled the game due to weather and rescheduled the game for Saturday night. The Falcons made the trek up the mountain, but didn’t come home with a winning result as West Wilkes took a 42-17 win.

It took only 51 seconds for the scoring floodgates to be opened as West Wilkes scored on the second play of the game to take a 7-0 lead over Forbush.

On Forbush’s next possession, the Falcons started pushing up the field little by little. Dillon Johnson made the tough run to grab a first down for the Falcons at the 62-yard line. On the next two plays, the West Wilkes defense toughened up to give the Falcons a loss of three yards.

As things looked to be going down the drain on the Falcons’ first drive, things made a surprising turn.On fourth down, Forbush punted the ball to the 32-yard line where it was fumbled by West Wilkes. Landon Rockett dived on top of the ball to give Forbush great field position and set up a new set of downs. The Falcons were unable to make it to the end-zone for a touchdown, but a 33-yard field goal by Joel Guadarrama cut West Wilkes lead to four points.

Before the first quarter was over, West Wilkes scored another touchdown to make its lead 14-3. Forbush tried to answer back before the quarter was up but were unable to score. As the second quarter started, things seemed to go from bad to worse as Blake Winebarger threw an interception which resulted in a West Wilkes touchdown.

With under five minutes left in the second quarter, Forbush was able to find the end-zone for its first touchdown of the night. Johnson made a 63-yard run to cut West Wilkes lead, 28-10. Before the first half was compete, West Wilkes scored another touchdown to take a 35-10 lead.

At the start of the third quarter, Forbush came out of the gate the best way possible. Winebarger handed the ball off to Johnson who made a 59-yard run to score his second touchdown of the night. It would be the final time the Falcons would score as West Wilkes kept up its defensive presence. At the end of the game, West Wilkes took a 42-17 win over the Falcons.

The Falcons look to bounce back from their opening-night loss as they host North Iredell on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Blake Winebarger looks for an open receiver during Saturday night’s game.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_DSC_0265.jpgBlake Winebarger looks for an open receiver during Saturday night’s game. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Derek Jayson takes on a West Wilkes player in the second quarter.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_DSC_0283.jpgDerek Jayson takes on a West Wilkes player in the second quarter. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Landon Rockett recovered a fumble for the Falcons during the first quarter on Saturday night.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_DSC_0281.jpgLandon Rockett recovered a fumble for the Falcons during the first quarter on Saturday night. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

By Kristian Russell

krussell@elkintribune.com