Class 3A, No. 10-ranked Susan Moore brought its high-powered offense to Pisgah Friday night and rolled out with a 42-18 win, remaining unbeaten.
The Bulldogs rolled up over 400 total yards as they prepare next week for a Region 7 showdown against Geraldine that could decide the region championship.
For the Eagles, now 3-4 overall and 1-3 in region play, the night grew even more somber when junior Jared Wilks was injured late in the third quarter.
Wilks had just caught a long pass from sophomore quarterback Parker Law, going high to grab the ball. Wilks came down face first on the ground, knocked out cold with a laceration, according to Pisgah head coach Luke Pruitt.
The game was delayed as Wilks was taken off the field on a stretcher and airlifted by Air Evac to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“When he was tackled, he landed face first to the ground, and his helmet caused a cut,” said Pruitt, who added that Wilks was showing movement before being lifted onto the helicopter.
Pruitt said his team was “mentally out of it” after seeing their teammate injured.
“It’s just a sickening feeling,” he said.
As for the game, Susan Moore jumped on the Eagles early and never let up. Senior Anthony Cervantes ran for 261 yards and scored four touchdowns on 14 carries.
The Eagles, though, kept battling throughout the night, keeping the score from getting out of hand.
Susan Moore built a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, while the defense forced three three and outs.
The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter behind a 15-yard touchdown run by Cervantes. Pisgah fought back when Law connected with Nate Cornelison for a 52-yard completion to the Susan Moore 25.
However, the drive stalled when Law was sacked on fourth down.
Susan Moore added a quick score in the third quarter, behind Cervantes. The senior carried three times for 53 yards, including a one-yard touchdown to make it 28-0 with 10:30 left in the quarter.
“Hat’s off to Susan Moore,” said Pruitt. “They just made more plays than us. We had a couple of chances but couldn’t take advantage.”
Cornelison got his team on the scoreboard on the ensuing kickoff. The senior took the ball up the middle and then outraced the defenders for a 93-yard touchdown. Cameron Free scored on a two-point conversion to cut it to 28-8.
The Bulldogs put the game away from there, though, scoring two more times in the quarter to build the lead to 42-8.
Pisgah added points in the fourth quarter, the first coming on a safety when Free tackled the Susan Moore ball carrier in the end zone. Following the free kick, the Eagles drove 29 yards in five plays.
Law capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Free ran in the two-point conversion to make it 42-18.
In addition to Cervantes’ performance, Tanner Sisson rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.
Susan Moore finished with 420 total yards (388 on the ground) on 45 plays.
For Pisgah, sophomore Rhyan Barrett had 74 yards on 13 carries, while Cornelison added 22 yards on seven carries.
Law completed 4-of-11 passes for 124 yards and one interception.
Pisgah gained 218 total yards (94 rushing) on 49 plays.
“We just have to get back up and get ready to go next week,” said Pruitt, whose team travels to Sylvania.