North Murray would make their first strike minutes into the second quarter when John Chastain ran 52 yards for a touchdown. Aaron Mendez topped off the touchdown with an extra-point kick. North Murray’s Payton Swilling would receive a four-yard pass from Hinton McConkey. A 32-yard pass to Jordan Adams from quarterback Hinton McConkey highlighted the drive. The Phoenixes would put up eight points in the 2nd. The score at the half was 21-14.
At half time, North Murray held its homecoming festivities. This resulted in Christian Rangel being named as homecoming King and Grace Phillips as homecoming Queen.
In the third quarter, the ‘Neers would find success early with a 35-yard touchdown run by Chastain and kick by Mendez that tied up the ball game. Sonoraville would answer with only six points in the third, making the score 28-21 going into the final quarter.
Sonoraville would get into the end zone first with a drive good for eight. North Murray would answer with a 3-yard pass reception by Jordan Adams from McConkey to cap off a 65-yard drive with seven points. McConkey would have a big run of his own on the drive, picking up 22-yards on one carry.
The Phoenixes would settle for a field goal with four minutes left on the clock (38-28). Three minutes later, North Murray would turn a fumble recovery in to a touchdown as Swilling connected with McConkey for a short pass into the end zone (38-35).
This cut the Sonoraville lead down to three, and brought fans to their feet. North Murray went for the onside kick, and got it with 18 seconds left on the clock. The first play of the all-or-nothing drive was a long pass to Adams that was ruled incomplete when he caught the ball out of bounds inside the ten. On the next play, McConkey was brought down behind the line of scrimmage by defenders as the clock expired. The final score was Mountaineers 35, Sonoraville 38.
Head Coach David Gann said, “We’re still eliminating mistakes.” He commented, “We missed some tackles; they had two backs that we had a hard time hemming up.”
Gann said that Sonoraville had a good scheme for the Mountaineers at first, and so they had to adjust and spread them out in order to have some success.
“They decided to put 8-9 guys in the box, and when they do that you can’t knock them off the ball, and you can’t run through them. You have to spread them out,” asserted Gann.
Coach Gann named wide receiver Payton Swilling as the offensive MVP of the game. Swilling had eight receptions totaling 76-yards and two touchdown runs. On defense, Gann named junior middle-linebacker Caleb Campbell as MVP. “We’re going to come back to work on Monday and be ready for Adairsville,” concluded Gann. North Murray will play the Tigers on the Road next week.