The Jaguars took a break from conference play in their game against East Gaston. Coming into this game, the two teams had one win between them and that was Forestview’s 20-7 win over East Lincoln on the opening week. The game also started out on an emotional note as both teams faced each other with linked arms and joined for a moment of silence on the field to honor long-time Forestview teacher and cross country coach John Hunsucker, who had passed away Monday morning. The cross country team released balloons in the air afterward.
After that, it was time to play some football. East Gaston got the ball first but were stopped on their first drive. After stopping Forestview on their first drive, the Warriors gave it right back to the Jaguars inside their own 15-yard line. Forestview would make them pay with a one-yard run by Jamarion Dawkins (PAT good).
The Jaguars went on a tear in the second quarter. Jake Lee would throw for three touchdowns. His first was an 18-yard touchdown pass to Trey Bolch. He also connect with Kyra Peterkin for a three-yard touchdown pass and Cameron Carter for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Dawkins scored his second rushing touchdown from three-yards out. Holt Cloninger’s 26-yard field-goal made it 38-0. A holding penalty in the end-zone would score a safety for the Jaguars. Forestview would lead 40-0 at half-time.
Jaylen Mims would score Forestview’s only touchdown in the second half with a three-yard touchdown run (PAT good). Holt Cloninger was 6-for-6 for extra point kicks. East Gaston did avoid the shutout when D.J. Maultsby connected with K.J. Dagout for a ten-yard touchdown pass (PAT good).
“It’s good to get a win. Proud of them. I thought they played well, played hard.” said Forestview head coach Chris Medlin “I appreciate East Gaston and the way they handled things pregame. I thought they were extremely classy and extremely respectful. I told Coach Joyce that he’s got a good group.”
“We lost a good man this week.” Said Medlin over the passing of John Hunsucker “He touched a lot of kids here and he impacted a lot of our kids, some guys on our football team and they entire cross-country team. It’s been a tough week.”
Forestview will return to conference play next week as they host North Gaston next week. East Gaston will begin conference play against South Point.
“They run the option. They’re hard to stop at times. They have a good quarterback and good fullbacks. We’re going to have our hands full. Better get ready.” Medlin said about North Gaston.
“I felt that early on Forestview did everything they could to keep us in the game. Offensively, there were things there early on that we did not execute at all.” said East Gaston head coach Sean Joyce “We didn’t execute the way we need to execute. Obviously 47-7, there’s a lot of improvement still. I’m hoping with each week that we can continue to get better. I felt like we were playing hard defensively. We were able to get a turnover here and there. Offensively, we got to execute better.”
“It does not get any easier.” Joyce said heading into conference “South Point comes to our place. It’s a big game for our kids. I hope that emotionally, we can keep that in check and work on things that we can get better.”
Forestview improves to 2-4 (0-2). East Gaston falls to 0-6.