The Pisgah football team did not enjoy their group film session this week.
The Eagles suffered a 56-20 loss to defending Class 3A Region 7 champion Geraldine, and head coach Luke Pruitt said both Geraldine and Pisgah were to blame for Pisgah’s loss.
“Geraldine’s a really good team, but we helped them with turnovers, penalties and (we) gave up two big returns on special teams,” he said. “You’re not going to win too many times doing that. I think we had a shot at it going in, but we had way too many mistakes to beat a team like that.”
Pisgah (3-3, 1-2) needs a cleaner effort this week, Pruitt said, as it faces the region’s other co-leader, No. 10-ranked Susan Moore (7-0, 4-0).
The teams square off Friday at 7 p.m. at Pisgah’s Sam Kenimer Stadium. It’s the 10th all-time meeting between the teams in a series that Susan Moore leads 8-1. The Bulldogs scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away and win last year’s game 35-6.
Susan Moore, which secured a playoff berth with last week’s 41-14 win over New Hope, is enjoying its best start in 19 years.
The Bulldogs’ run-heavy offense is led by running back Anthony Cervantes, who has rushed for 780 yards and 17 touchdowns on 105 carries. Tanner Sisson has added 403 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries and Ramon Maldonado had 270 yards and four touchdowns on just 17 carries. Defensively, Adrian Reyna leads Susan Moore with 69 tackles while Matt Clowdus has 49 and Trevor Black has 19.
“They’ve been solid, don’t beat themselves,” Pruitt said of the Bulldogs. “They make big plays. They’re opportunistic, force turnovers on defense. We’ve got to not turn it over. When we don’t, we move the ball. Defensively, we’ve got to get (Susan Moore) behind the sticks and in third-and-long (situations) where we make them one dimensional.”