PISGAH — An overcast sky turned dark, as a light rain began to fall in Pisgah Friday night. Shortly after kickoff against Section, on Homecoming night, lightning struck, delaying the game.
In the end, lightning and a little weather, was the only thing that stopped the Eagles as they rolled past the Lions 44-7.
The Pisgah win avenged a loss to Section last year that ended a four-year winning streak.
“You always worry about distractions on Homecoming,” said Pisgah head coach Luke Pruitt. “And tonight, we had some weather issues, but we were able to take care of business.”
The non-region win improved the Eagles to 3-2 overall and broke a two-game losing streak.
After about a 30-minute weather delay, Pisgah grabbed a quick lead on four-yard scoring run by fullback Rhyan Barrett. A successful two-point conversion gave the Eagles an 8-0 lead.
Pisgah made it 14-0 after Section missed a field goal. The Eagles marched 80 yards in five plays. Nate Cornelison capped the drive with a 58-yard touchdown run.
Ridge Medlock set up the next Pisgah score with an interception. Quarterback Parker Law connected with Jared Wilks for 33-yard touchdown.
Pisgah added two more scores before half to a commanding lead. Law scored on a five-yard keeper, and then connected with Wilks again, this time for a 55-yard touchdown. Law passed to Wilks on one two-point conversion, and Cameron Free ran in another one to make it 36-0 at halftime.
Pisgah added one more score in the second half. The Eagles drove 89 yards in 14 plays as Free capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run on fourth down. Free also scored on the two-point conversion to make it 44-0 with 7:56 left in the game.
A gritty Section (1-4) team that never gave up avoided a shutout by driving 66 yards to score. The drive took nine plays as Jr. Walker capped it with a seven-yard touchdown run. Walker highlighted the drive with a 27-yard run. Leo Viljanen kicked the PAT to make the final 44-7.
Pruitt said it was a good night to get some players some rest, and the Eagles were also able to avoid any injuries, he said.
“Now, we get ready for the stretch run,” said Pruitt, as his team travels to face Class 3A, No. 9-ranked and Region 7 favorite Geraldine next week.