dr dre beats headphone West Forsyth cruises past Asheville Reynolds
CLEMMONS It was a perfect start to both the game and the season for West Forsyth and coach Adrian Snow, as the Titans defeated Asheville Reynolds 21 6 on a rainy Friday night in Clemmons.
West Forsyth (1 0) jumped out to a 6 0 lead less than two minutes into the game on a 31 yard touchdown run from junior quarterback Drew Latham and then continued to dominate throughout, leading the Rockets (0 1) by as many as 21 until the final play of the game.
“We have some youth, but I was really proud of our kids tonight,” Snow said. “I thought we came out and played hard. It was a great victory for us to come out and get started on the right foot, exactly how we needed to play.”
After taking the early lead, the Titans defense stepped on the field for the first time in 2016 and immediately forced a three and out from the Reynolds offense, which was led by junior starting quarterback Nathan St. Onge.
When Rockets senior punter Andrew Wall lined up to punt on fourth down from inside his 20 yard line, the snap went directly over his head and into the end zone, leaving the 6 foot punter no choice but to fall on the ball before being surrounded by a slew of West Forsyth defenders for a safety.
Following a 45 yard return by West Forsyth sophomore Jamon Brown on the ensuing kickoff, the Titans offense needed just seven plays to extend their lead to 15 0, as Latham found junior Marcus Caldwell in the back of the end zone for a 21 yard touchdown pass with 4:45 remaining in the first quarter.
Making his first career start at the varsity level, Latham finished the game connecting on 8 of 12 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 36 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
“I think it went about as well as it could have,” Latham said. “Our offensive line really blocked well, our receivers blocked really well and made plays when they needed to it was just a great all around game for us.”
Trailing 21 0 after of a pair of field goals from West Forsyth junior Matthew Harkey, including a 45 yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter, Reynolds discovered its lone bright spot too late.
After the Rockets defense forced a turnover on downs inside their own 10 yard line, backup quarterback Alex Flinn led Reynolds on a six play, 92 yard scoring drive, capped off by an 10 yard touchdown pass to St. Onge as time expired.
Despite the last second scoring drive, coach Shane Laws of Reynolds said his team made way too many mistakes mentally and physically to compete with a team as talented as West Forsyth.
“I’m mostly disappointed in the way we played offensively throughout the game,” Laws said. “I think we are much better, offensively, than what we showed tonight.
“But West Forsyth is a good football team and they played well, so if you make mistakes against a team like that they are going to make you pay. And that is exactly what happened tonight.”