Prep Football: North rolls over Thomasville in opener
Thomasville played 4-A North Davidson to a draw in the second half of Friday's opener at Cushwa Stadium. The opening half was all Black Knights.
With an offense filled with playmakers, NDHS connected on several big plays, rolling up 38 unanswered points to cruise by the Bulldogs, 38-0. Brandon McCray tossed for two touchdowns and added a rushing score for North. Khylil Miller made the most of his three catches, hauling in two touchdown passes and racking up 85 yards. He also had an interception. The Bulldogs were their own worst enemy much of the night committing numerous penalties. Tailback Josh Scott did give them something positive to take away, rushing for 88 yards.
“Penalties and big plays,” said THS head coach Wes Mattera. “Coming into the game we talked about not giving up the big plays. That is how they got a lot of points. I would've rather seen them drive the football. We knew they were a good team coming in. I just wish we would have negated the penalties and not given up the big plays. That is most disappointing.”
North's defense forced a punt to start the game and used only two plays to light the scoreboard. Starting at the 32, McCray tossed a short pass to Miller as a teaser. On second down the combo went for much more. Miller got by his defender on the outside and McCray hit him in stride for a 63-yard touchdown strike. The PAT was true and the Black Knights were up 7-0 a little more than three minutes in.
The first score took 39 seconds. North took a little longer to find paydirt next time it touched the football, but still struck quickly. Needing 53 seconds this time, McCray found Caleb Moore running a similar route to the first score. This connection went for 34 yards, putting NDHS up 14-0.
Thomasville's offense continued to struggle in gaining yards, punting away for a third straight time.
North had a short field beginning at their own 44, and were facing a third-and-9 after netting only one yard. Backup quarterback Joe Butts took care of that distance and some, hitting Garrett Griffith for a huge gain down to the 14 of THS. Tailback Kennedy McKoy did the rest, dicing through the heart of the defense and lunging forward to stick the ball over the goal line for another score.
Miller was on the receiving end of a quick slant that he took to the house after a turnover, putting the guests in complete control after one quarter, 28-0.
McCray would add a rushing score and Daniel Leonard booted a 40-yard field goal for a 38-0 halftime score.
With a frustrating half behind them, the Bulldogs came out in the final 24 minutes and began to show signs of being a good team. Though failing to score despite being in North territory twice, Thomasville was able to build some confidence for Week 2.
“There were a lot of positives we saw in the second half,” said Mattera. “We told them we were going to go out there and get as simple as can be. The thing is, there were no different calls than we were calling first half.”
Moving forward, the Bulldogs certainly need to cut down on the penalties before making the trip to Mount Airy.
“When you are playing as many people as we are trying to play early in the season, some of those penalties are going to happen,” Mattera said. “We are going to get them fixed. There is a lot to work on obviously, so we are going to get on the film and try to keep getting better every week.”