Vikings don't Wake up in time
Fri. September 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. | By Tom Grady | StarNews Correspondent | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoggard's Austin Schoenleber sidesteps a host of Wake Forest defenders in the first half at Hoggard on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (Photo by Mike Spencer)
Hoggard head football coach Scott Braswell said his team didn't have a great week of offensive practice heading into Friday night's matchup against visiting Wake Forest.
The impact might have played out in a slow start, as the Vikings fell behind by three touchdowns late in the second quarter.
Both teams took 3-0 records into the game, but it was the Cougars who extended their streak in a 33-23 final.
"Proud of the guys for battling," Braswell said. "We made too many mistakes and you can't do that against a very talented football team.
"We got down in the red zone twice and didn't get points."
Bryce Love turned in 137 yards on 15 carries for the Cougars and teammate Devante Reynolds added 105 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Wake Forest burst out to a 33-10 lead early in the final period when Jamal Sweet slipped in a 1-yard scoring run.
But the Vikings finally found their offensive legs down the stretch. A six-play drive wrapped up with a Austin Schoenleber 22-yard scoring pass to Keevin Thompson midway through the quarter.
And Schoenleber set the final score on the game's final play with a 9-yard scoring run.
Thompson paced the Hoggard ground game with 91 yards on 14 carries.
Wake Forest jumped out to its 21-0 advantage on Mack Moore's 31-yard touchdown pass to Reynolds with 2:57 left in the first half.
But Hoggard responded on Thompson's 17-yard touchdown run at the 2:35 mark. The play was set up by Harrison Smith's 77-yard kickoff return to the Cougars' 17.
After the Vikings' defense forced a punt, the offense drove the ball down to the Wake Forest 21. As time expired in the half, Landon Mays punched through a 38-yard field goal to close the gap to 21-10.
"Offensively and defensively, we need to continue to work to try and get better," Braswell said. "It's a good measuring stick for us to see where we are, exactly."
Wake Forest defensive back Kendall Massey picked off Schoenleber's first pass of the game. It took the Cougars one play to score on Reynolds' 21-yard run.
The lead grew to 14-0 midway through the second quarter on Love's 52-yard sprint to the end zone for Wake Forest.
The Vikings will now prepare for a trip to Lumberton next week, before kicking off the Mideastern Conference slate Sept. 27.