By Wes Mayberry
For The Daily Sentinel
Pisgah failed to score a single point in the second half of their game against Holly Pond on Friday night.
But it didn’t matter, as the Eagles celebrated a happy homecoming with a 47-7 victory that put an end to their three-game losing streak in Class 3A, Region 6 play.
Despite the huge victory, the game didn’t start off well for the Eagles (3-5, 3-3), as quarterback Dillion DeMarco was sacked by Holly Pond defender Zac Leach for a loss of 10 yards on the first play of the game. However, DeMarco responded on the very next play with a 75-yard scamper down the left side of the field for the game’s first touchdown. An Audy Smothers’ extra point put the home team up by seven with 11:12 left in the first quarter.
Following this quick score from the Eagle offense, their defense responded with an interception of Bronco quarterback Mike Lambert on the third play of the ensuing drive. The interception gave the ball to the Eagles at their own 40-yard line, and DeMarco subsequently completed a pass to Austin Chapman to cap the one-play drive with a 60-yard score. Smothers’ extra point was blocked, but Pisgah still held a 13-0 advantage with 10:02 remaining in the first period.
Later in the quarter, the Eagles increased their lead to 19-0 on a 16-yard run from Payton May, and Smothers’ extra point was again no good. Eagle running back Carter Hilley extended the lead with his 10-yard touchdown run at the 3:39 mark, and a Smothers extra point made it 26-0.
With 3:30 left in the opening quarter, the Broncos (0-8, 0-6) took possession and strung together an impressive-looking drive that led them to the Eagles’ 24-yard line. However, a bad snap went over Lambert’s head, costing them 17 yards. A 15-yard Lambert run on the next play got most of that yardage back, but an incomplete pass on fourth-and-12 gave the ball back to the Eagles.
Midway through the second quarter, the Eagles scored on another one-play drive that saw DeMarco scamper down the field for the 53-yard touchdown that put his team up 33-0 following the extra point.
The Broncos turned the ball over on the very next play. The Eagles wasted little time putting another score on the board, as Austin Boyd capped a four-play, 17-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run. A Smothers extra point put the home team up 40-0 with 5:26 left in the half.
Following the score, Lambert’s pass was intercepted by Pisgah on the very next play. Eagles gave themselves a 47-0 halftime lead with a six-play drive, 32-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run from Boyd and Smothers’ extra point.
Holly Pond got on the board thanks on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lambert to Dylan Morton with 6:39 left in the game.
DeMarco was 11-of-15 passing for 124 yards and a touchdown, while adding 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns on four carries. May added 73 rushing yards and a score on six carries, while Chapman was the Eagles’ leading receiver with two catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos’ Lambert was 11 of 25 for 85 passing yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 52 yards on six carries.
Holly Pond (0-8, 0-6) will continue its bid for its first win next week at Crossville.