PISGAH — The Pisgah football made short work of Brindlee Mountain Friday night.
The Eagles soared to a 45-0 halftime lead en route to a 51-8 Class 3A Region 7 victory at Pisgah High School’s Sam Kenimer Stadium.
Pisgah (2-0, 1-0) improved to 12-0 all-time against the Lions.
Pisgah head coach Luke Pruitt said it was far from a perfect performance but was pleased with how his team took command.
“Until you watch the film, it’s never as good as you think and never as bad as you think,” Pruitt said. “We were sloppy in some areas, (but) we did what were supposed to.”
Pisgah’s defense forced Brindlee Mountain (0-3, 0-1) to commit two fumbles and two interceptions on its first four possessions.
“It was exciting that our defense (won the turnover battle),” Pruitt said. “We were opportunistic. We set up three touchdowns and returned one for a touchdown. That was exciting.”
Cameron Free and Rhyan Barrett set the tone, ripping off runs of 24 and 26 yards on Pisgah’s first drive that ended with Barrett’s 1-yard touchdown run. Free added an 8-yard touchdown run one play after teammate Kolton Chadwick recovered a Brindlee Mountain fumble to put the Eagles in front 12-0. Tyler Bell then recovered another Lions fumble, leading to Barrett’s 2-yard touchdown run.
Nate Cornelison then returned an interception 41 yards to set up his own 2-yard touchdown run with 59 seconds left in the first quarter. Paul Gallegos kicked the first of his three PATs to give the Eagles a 26-0 lead after one quarter.
Pisgah added three more scores in the second quarter — a 65-yard interception return, Parker Law’s 21-yard touchdown run and Barrett’s 22-yard touchdown run — to take a 45-0 halftime lead.
Barrett finished with 83 rushing yards on eight carries while Free had 60 yards on four carries and Law had 48 yards on three carries.
Pisgah’s starters sat out the second half, which featured eight minute quarters. Brindlee Mountain avoided the shutout late in the third quarter on Will Compton’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Christian Adams (Zac King ran for the two-point conversion), and Pisgah closed the scoring early in the fourth quarter on Zach Cornelison’s 54-yard touchdown run.
Pisgah visits New Hope (2-0, 0-0) next week in another region matchup.
“That’s a real big game,” Pruitt said. “We’ve got to get some things cleaned up before we go over there.”