TD catch

Nate Cornelison spins away from a Sylvania defender for a touchdown catch during Pisgah's 55-24 Class 3A Region 7 loss Friday night.

SYLVANIA — The Sylvania Rams jumped out to an early lead Friday night against the Pisgah Eagles in a Class 3A Region 7 matchup and never looked back. 

Sylvania (7-1, 4-1) defeated Pisgah (3-5, 1-4) by a score of 55-24. 

The Rams led 14-0 midway through the first quarter after Pisgah was forced to punt on its first two possessions of the game. 

A long run from Keenan Wilbanks set up the first Sylvania score, and Gareth Anderson scored his second touchdown of the game on a 45-yard run. 

Pisgah got on the board late in the first thanks to a long pass from Parker Law to Nate Cornelison and a 27-yard run from Rhyan Barrett. Barrett capped off the drive with a score from the one yard line. The Eagles failed to convert the two-point conversion attempt. 

Micah Welden tacked on another touchdown for the Rams and Sylvania led 20-6 after the first quarter. 

Cornelison took the handoff from Law 64 yards to pay dirt on the first play of the second quarter. Sylvania answered with a scoring drive of its own and extended the lead to 27-12. The Rams scored less than a minute later, capitalizing on a Pisgah turnover. Brody Smith connected with Jordan Johnson for a 30-yard touchdown.  

Sylvania extended its lead to 41-12 on a Mason Sanders touchdown run with 4:15 left in the first half. 

Law found Cornelison for a 38-yard touchdown pitch and catch with less than three minutes to go in the second, but Sylvania scored again just before the half and the Rams led 48-18 at halftime. 

Sylvania opened the third quarter with a nine play, five-and-a-half-minute drive that ended with a Welden touchdown from ten yards out. 

Pisgah answered with a long drive of its own, ending with Cornelison’s three-yard touchdown run. Neither team would score in the fourth quarter, and the final score was 55-24 in favor of the Rams. 

“Hats off to Sylvania, they made some big plays,” said Pisgah Head Coach Luke Pruitt. “We need to get off the field on defense and stop shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties on offense. We have to get better.”

The Eagles take on the Plainview Bears in a must win game next Friday night at Pisgah. Pisgah has a chance to get in the playoffs with a win next week, and Pruitt said his team would have to “get up and swing again.”

“Plainview got a big win tonight, and they’ll be hyped up about it,” said Pruitt. “But they have to come to our place next week and we’ll do what we do.”

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