Greyhounds sparked by big play


By Jeff Linville - [email protected]



Skye Sullivan runs it in from 7 yards out for one score.


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Maison McNeill makes an interception in the second half, one of two picks on the night for Ashe.


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MOUNT AIRY — North Surry scored the last 19 points to beat Ashe County 26-14 at home in the season opener.

The visiting Huskies led 14-7 late in the second quarter, but the Greyhounds rallied to tie the game, then took control in the second half.

The Hounds showed off a new passing attack with quarterback Avery Smith completing 24-41 for 310 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions.

Wide receiver Colton Acord had 11 catches for 209 yards, including the momentum-shifter at the end of the half.

In the first quarter, the offense didn’t provide much of a spark.

“We weren’t flat, but we might have been too jacked up,” said head coach Danny Lyons. On the second play of the game, Smith threw an interception, and Ashe took over on the North 30-yard line.

Ashe is a two-time conference champion and posted 51 points on the Hounds last year, Lyons noted. The offense can be explosive.

Two plays later, the Huskies scored to go up 7-0.

“The great thing is that we answered right back,” said Lyons. The Hounds went 80 yards in eight or nine plays, he said, with junior running back Andrew Smith doing some of his best running.

This is a light offensive line, so Andrew had some tough-earned yards, especially on that drive, he said. Smith finished with 25 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.

North Surry scored to tie the game 7-7.

Early in the second quarter, Ashe scored on a nice catch-and-run from all-conference player Maison McNeill.

It was third-and-12, and McNeill caught one over the middle and took it to the house for a 14-7 game, said Lyons.

Other than that play, the defense was stellar in the second quarter, he said. Twice the Hounds had to punt out of their own end zone because of sacks, but the defense held both times.

With just 1:55 left in the half, the Hounds got the ball one last time.

On third-and-10, Acord caught a 10-yard curl pattern for a first down.

Lyons said offensive coordinator Patrick Taylor was yelling from the press box for Colton to get out of bounds, but the senior receiver kept making people miss.

Acord went 79 yards for a TD to tie the game 14-all at the break.

That play fired the team up, said Lyons. The boys didn’t play as well as they were capable in the first half. However, the way the kids looked at intermission someone would have thought they were up 14 points.

In the third quarter, the Hounds made a stop and then marched it down the field. With the defense keying on Acord, Reid Stanley made some timely catches in the second half. He finished with seven receptions for 51 yards.

North scored on a five-yard TD run from Andrew Smith. With a missed PAT, the Hounds led 20-14.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Hounds would add another touchdown as the QB scampered in from three yards out to make it 26-14.

Ashe County passed for a ton of yards, but the defense pitched a shutout in the second half with a bend-but-don’t-break approach, he said.

Ashe kept trying to throw deep on 5-foot-7 Darius Duncan, but the sophomore kept breaking up the tries, Lyons said.

The defensive line didn’t get many sacks, but disrupted the passing several times in the second half.

The offensive line allowed maybe one sack the whole second half, so that unit got better, he said.

Next week, the Hounds (1-0) go to Elkin.

Ashe (0-1) will host Watauga.

Skye Sullivan runs it in from 7 yards out for one score.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Skye-Sullivan-at-NS2.jpgSkye Sullivan runs it in from 7 yards out for one score. Kelly Mills Westmoreland | Special to the Post

Maison McNeill makes an interception in the second half, one of two picks on the night for Ashe.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Maison-McNeill-at-NS2.jpgMaison McNeill makes an interception in the second half, one of two picks on the night for Ashe. Kelly Mills Westmoreland | Special to the Post

By Jeff Linville

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