51st JV County Clash

Tuscola JVs crush Pisgah

Junior Mountaineers snap junior Black Bears’ 19-game winning streak in dominating fashion
By Dennis Smathers | Oct 18, 2016
Photo by: Diana Gates Tuscola JV quarterback Brandon Cullins, 1, scores untouched on a 54-yard TD run.

The last time Pisgah lost a junior varsity football game was in 2014 at Tuscola. Since that time the Black Bears had won 19 games without a loss.
However, there is an end to all streaks.
The Tuscola faithful figured there was no better place to end a streak than C.E. Weatherby Stadium, and no better way to end it than an emphatic 55-20 rout of the Pisgah JVs in the 51st meeting of the JV County Clash Thursday evening on that same C.E. Weatherby turf.
The Tuscola JV amassed an amazing 559 yards rushing and the guy who led the  junior Mountaineers was sophomore quarterback Brandon Cullins, who finished with 202 yards on the ground and scored on four touchdown runs of 40, 53, 49 and 54 yards.
Tuscola A-back Justin Bandy also gashed the Pisgah JV Milltown defense for 189 yards on just eight carries and he scored on TD runs of 92 and 50 yards. But there was a third back who torched the JV Milltown defense as B-back Nick Cole had a 140 yards on 15 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 50 and 63 yards.
The junior Mountaineers led 28-20 at the half and their Black Shirt defense took over from there shutting out the junior Black Bears in the second half.
Pisgah was held to a paltry 50 yards on 30 carries. The only bright spot for the junior Black Bears in the rout was their passing attack. Sophomore quarterback Colton Rogers finished 21-of-32 for 222 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Kameron Walker, who caught eight passes for 100 yards. Hunter Davis had six receptions for 58 yards, Eric Robinson caught two passes for 31 yards, Lane Mease had a reception for 11 yards and Keegan Hudson hauled in four of Rogers’ passes for 22 yards.
“We are not going to be surprised when we win,” said Tommy Pursley. “So I am not surprised. Our offense is hard to defend and our kids, even our JV kids, do a good job. We figured out what we could do and we did it.
“I keep telling our kids we never should be surprised by a win, whatever the margin. We are happy we won like that but would be just as happy winning by one point. But I will say it saves some of my stomach acid when we win like that.”
With the victory the Tuscola JVs improved its record to 7-0 and 4-0 in WNC Athletic Conference, while Pisgah dropped to 6-1 and 3-1 in the WNCAC.  The junior Mountaineers will travel to Mills River on Thursday to tangle with the West Henderson Falcons, while the junior Black Bears are also on the road for a WNCAC game at North Henderson.