Pisgah decleats West FalconsWike, Morgan team up for impressive aerial performance
MILLS RIVER — West Henderson’s defense quickly realized it had no answer for Pisgah’s dynamic duo of senior split end Trey Morgan and sophomore quarterback Tanner Wike.
The Falcons’ offense also had that helpless feeling.
Wike connected with Morgan eight times for 228 yards, including three touchdown receptions, while the Milltown defense served up another stellar performance as the Black Bears mauled the Falcons, 34-7, to remain undefeated in a WNC Athletic Conference on a rainy Friday night.
Pisgah improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the WNCAC, while West Henderson dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Black Bears can finally turn their attention to the Game of the Century, the 53rd County Clash with undefeated rival Tuscola on Friday, Oct. 14, at Memorial Stadium in Canton.
“We were able to make some big plays against West defense’s aggressive play calling,” said Pisgah Head Coach Brett Chappell. “It was a great game for us as our players stayed focus on West Henderson. That was a big thing for us. All week, we reminded our players what happen last year and we had a really great week of practice. We are happy to get the win and now we can talk about the next opponent.”
Isaiah Fisher gave Pisgah a 6-0 lead when he scored on an 8-yard run with 8:27 left in the first quarter. Placekicker Tanner Fox missed the point after try.
Pisgah stretched the lead to 12-0 with 7:47 left in the second quarter when Wike shot through the middle of the Falcons’ defense for a 77-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed.
With 1:17 left in the first half, Wike connected with Morgan on a 60-yard TD pass and Morgan caught the two-point conversion pass to give the Black Bears a 20-0 halftime lead.
Wike threw an 81-yard scoring strike to Morgan and Fox was true on the PAT to give Pisgah a 27-0 lead with 7:34 left in the third quarter.
Morgan hauled in a 13-yard TD pass from Wike with 11:36 left in the fourth quarter to give the Black Bears a 34-0 lead.
“Trey has really great hands and height,” said Chappell. “We look for mismatches against him and try to take advantage of that. They where loading the box to take away the run and when you do that, well, that leaves some things open.”
West Henderson, who had 67 yards in total yards of offense (0 yards passing) at the start of the fourth quarter, ruined the shutout bid by scoring a touchdown with 4.2 seconds left in the game.
Wike, who was 9-for-16 for 229 yards passing, finished with 96 yards on the ground, missing his third consecutive 100-yard game rushing by four yards. Michael Parrott picked up 22 yards on eight carries and Fisher finished 20 yards on the ground.
Pisgah finished with 392 yards (229 passing, 163 rushing) in total offense compared to West Henderson’s 131 yards (0 passing, 131 rushing).