Tuscola, Ferguson rush over North KnightsSenior B-back scores 5 TDs, Mountaineers give Pursley his 250th win
EDNEYVILLE — The Tuscola varsity football team spotted North Henderson a 6-0 lead before Caleb Ferguson and the Mountaineers took off and crushed the Knights, 54-14, in a WNC Athletic Conference game Friday evening at Glenn C. Marlow Stadium.
Ferguson, who rushed for 197 yards, scored five more touchdowns, raising his season total to a WNC-leading 29.
The win improved Tuscola to 7-0 overall, 3-0 in the WNCAC and gave head coach Tommy Pursley his 25-th win as a head coach. The Mountaineers can now begin preparations for the Game of the Century with undefeated rival Pisgah at Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 14.
North Henderson slipped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
In the early stages of the first quarter, it appeared that the Mountaineers were going to be haunted by visions of 2015 (a 17-14 loss to the Knights) as North Henderson took the opening possessions and scored in nine plays to take a 6-0 lead.
Ferguson blocked the PAT, which was his seventh block of the season.
The North Henderson touchdown turned out to be a wake up call and thankfully, the Mountaineers did not it the snooze button.
It took just five plays for Ferguson to give Tuscola a 7-6 lead (Ben Katt kicked the PAT) when he scored on a 35-yard run with 6:54 remaining in the opening quarter.
After the Black Shirt defense held the Knights on downs inside their own territory at the 44, Grayson Perkins found Josh Allison in the corner of the end zone for a perfectly placed 44-yard scoring strike to put the Mountaineers up 14-7 after the PAT.
With 1:58 left still in the first quarter, Ferguson bolted for a 9-yard TD run to give Tuscola a 21-6 lead.
The Knights got a 46-yard scoop and score fumble return for a touchdown with 9:28 left in the second quarter and added the two-point conversion to slice Tuscola’s lead to 21-14.
More than a minute later, Ferguson scored on a 13-yard run and added a 3-yard TD run with 3:49 left in the second quarter to give the Mountaineers a 34-14 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Tuscola’s Roman Jenkins scored on a 5-yard run, Ferguson rushed for a 37-yard touchdown and Perkins capped the Mountaineers’ scoring with a touchdown rush from the six.
Tuscola amassed 506 yards (394 rushing, 112 passing) in total offense compared to the Knights’ 159 (80 rushing, 79 passing).
In addition to Ferguson’s game-leading 197 yards on the ground, Tuscola’s Brent Turner rushed for 81 yards, Jenkins finished with 63 Perkins gained 12 yards and Brayden Monday had 48.
Perkins was 3-of-4 for 112 yards passing.