By Lance Hickey
NBHS – North Buncombe football’s quest to continue its dominance on the season fell short Friday as the BlackHawks fell to high-charging A.C. Reynolds 54-6 on a rainy evening in Weaverville.
“I have got a great group of young men, but we cannot make mental mistakes, and we did,” said North Buncombe head coach Brandon Allen. “We did it several times. We have got to clean up the things that we are in total control of,” he said. “Moving forward, we’ve got to do a better job and I have to do a better job.”
The BlackHawks received the ball first, but a fumble on a North Buncombe punt and a Calvin Madden 3-yard fumble return for a touchdown would give A.C. Reynolds an early 7-0 lead with 10:05 left in the first quarter, following the extra point attempt. The rainy conditions proved to be trouble for North Buncombe.
The Rockets would score again on its next possession on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Eli Carr to Carter Lindsay. The PAT would be no good.
North Buncombe would fumble on its next possession, leading to a turnover fumble from A.C. Reynolds on its next possession.
A Markeese Jackson 14-yard touchdown run quickly gave the Rockets a 19-0 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and Reynolds led 26-0 at the half.
The second half proved to be much of the same for the BlackHawks as Jahari Patterson would return the opening kickoff of the second half 84 yards for a score as Rockets took a 33-0 lead with 15 seconds gone in the third quarter.
Another Carr touchdown pass, this time to Hayden Gibson for 60 -yards, gave the Rockets a 47-0 lead with two minutes remaining in the third period. North Buncombe would finally score on a Trent Cole 1-yard touchdown run with 1:28 remaining in the game before Reynolds would claim a 54-6 victory over the BlackHawks Friday night.
The BlackHawks (7-3), who have lost a score of critical contributors due to injury, hope to add running back Joe Jones back into the fold next week, at least in limited action, in a crucial matchup against Asheville (3-6).
North Buncombe’s matchup at Asheville could prove to be essential for the BlackHawks to obtain a first-round home field game in the playoffs, according to sources. North Buncombe, though, wants to focus on winning each and every game ahead of them.
“My thing is that we have to finish off the season and we want to be 8-3, and we don’t want to be 7-4,” said Allen. “We want to go over and we want to play our best ballgame against Asheville.”