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Warriors suffer mauling from Cougars
By James Matthews
The top-ranked Erwin High School football team faced off against equally top-ranked Asheville High School, Friday (November 7).
Competing for the lead of the Mountain Area Conference, the Erwin Warriors were handed their first defeat all season by the Asheville Cougars, 30-14.
The stadium was packed with both Erwin and Asheville faithful, and the game began with
neither team making much progress until near the end of the first quarter when Asheville put points on the board.
The usually dominating Erwin offense was noticeably out of sync, when a deep throw by Erwin quarterback Damien Ferguson was intercepted by an Asheville defender. Asheville’s offense, and especially their running game, was decidedly unstoppable. The quarter ended with Asheville in possession and at midfield.
The opening plays of the second quarter began to show how much trouble the Warriors were in on defense. An Asheville rush got away from the 47 yard line to the 10 yard line. Pushed to the one yard line, the Warriors manage to hold the Cougar offense, forcing a possession change. With the ball now in Erwin hands, things went horribly wrong when Ferguson went out of the pocket and was immediately set upon by an Asheville blitz. Attempting to scurry away failed and Ferguson was dropped in the end zone resulting in a safety score, bringing the score to 9-0. With Asheville back in possession, it took their offense two minutes to score another touchdown, making the score 16-0. Meanwhile, Warrior offense was unable to get around Asheville defense, holding them to halftime.
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