PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Wayne Warriors defeated the Charles B. Aycock Golden Falcons by a score of 47-20 Friday night in a game that was all Eastern Wayne from the start.
The Warriors received the opening kickoff to begin the game, and they returned the ball to the 44-yard line. The Warriors wasted no time finding the end zone on their first drive that took less than three minutes.
Eastern Wayne was able to use the passing game of Trevor Warren and the running game of Demontae Robinson to keep the Golden Falcons guessing. Their dual attacking threat of both running and passing paid off with a touchdown from Warren on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. The touchdown run with 9:10 remaining in the first quarter gave Eastern Wayne a 6-0 lead.
When C.B. Aycock received the ball after the Eastern Wayne touchdown, the Golden Falcons immediately fumbled the ball on their first offensive play and gave the ball back to Eastern Wayne at the C.B. Aycock 22-yard line.
The Golden Falcons mistake proved to be costly, and the Warriors quickly capitalized with another 1-yard rushing touchdown by Warren with 6:43 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors continued their dominance in the second quarter, and they scored three more touchdowns before halftime without allowing C.B. Aycock to get on the scoreboard.
The first touchdown came on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Warren to receiver Albert Brown who caught the ball at the 3-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown.
The second touchdown of the quarter came from running back Zion Rodgers who scored a 22-yard rushing touchdown.
The last touchdown of the quarter came from Robinson who scored with no time left to give the Warriors a 33-0 halftime lead.
Even though C.B. Aycock was able to outscore Eastern Wayne 20-14 in the second half of the game, the halftime deficit was too much to overcome. The Warriors held on in the second half to win 47-20.
Eastern Wayne head coach Leander Oates said that the biggest reason the Warriors were able to take an early lead was their ability to score in the red zone.
“We wanted to start early,” Oates said. “Unlike what we did in the red zone at Southern Wayne, when we were in the red zone we capitalized on our chances.”
With the win, Eastern Wayne improved to 2-0 this season, while C.B. Aycock fell to 0-2 with the loss. Neither team has played a conference game this season.
Eastern Wayne will play James Kenan at home on Thursday at 7 p.m.