Falcons soar past Wilson Fike
By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on September 20, 2009 2:00 AM
PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's players gathered near the far end zone for their post-game meeting and nearly every player raised five fingers in the air.
It was a significant accomplishment.
The Golden Falcons racked up more than 500 yards of total offense and throttled Wilson Fike 47-6 at Hardy Talton Stadium on Friday evening. Aycock improved to 5-0 overall for the second time since 2006 and third time since 1981.
"We've got great team unity right now," said Aycock head coach Randy Pinkowski. "They're really taking ownership of what they're doing right now and I hope it continues because they're doing a great job."
The Golden Falcons needed less than two minutes to get on the scoreboard as Craig Murdock took Tyler Farmer's screen pass 59 yards for a score. Derek Ballard's extra point was no good and Aycock led 6-0.
Farmer found Murdock streaking down the near sideline for a 60-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. The Golden Falcons' two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. Farmer went 7-for-11 through the air for 162 yards.
"I think we came out and stole the momentum early and that kind of took the wind out of their sails," said Pinkowski. "For a young quarterback, Tyler is where we hoped he would be at this point in the season."
After sitting out the first quarter for missing a portion of a practice this week to attend to a family matter, Marcus Cobb found the end zone from 12 yards out with less than nine minutes left in the first half. Cobb tacked on rushing touchdowns of 17 and 9 yards before the half as the Golden Falcons led 32-0 at the break.
The senior tailback finished with 217 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries in roughly 2 1/2 quarters of action. Cobb had seven carries of 10 yards or more, and three runs that went for more than 20 yards.
"Marcus did a good job when I put him in there," said Pinkowski. "He's just such a talented kid. He takes a five- or six-yard gain and sticks his foot in the ground, and turns it into a 17 or 18 yard gain.
"I would love to say I've coached him and done all that, but that's God-given talent."
Tyler Newman scored the Demons' lone touchdown early in the third quarter. Fike (1-3) was held to 191 yards of offense and picked up just six first downs. Tyheim Pitt, Shalando McBride and Shepard Whitfield each had five tackles for an Aycock defense that has given up eight points or less in each of its past four games.
"The defense I thought played strong tonight," said Pinkowski. "Our defense is taking ownership in what they're doing and taking some pride in what they're doing. Defense wins championships."
Cobb and Pitt both added rushing touchdowns in the second half and the Golden Falcons finished with 567 yards of offense.
Aycock entertains Wilson Hunt on Friday.