Fuqua Eases To Road Win
How well did things go for the Fuqua School Falcons offense in their 54-21 victory over Carlisle School last Friday night? Their punter could've missed the bus, and nobody would've noticed until they returned to Farmville.
The Falcons didn't need or use him. Fuqua scored on its first four possessions and was never really challenged in its first road game of the season in Martinsville.
“It was a wild game both ways,” said Fuqua head coach Skeeter Fore. “We didn't punt, and moved the ball well every time we got it, but they had a couple of chances to cut into our lead, but we were able to come up with a stop here and there to keep a comfortable lead.”
Fuqua wasted little time in scoring, getting on the board just 58 seconds into the game on a Charles Williams 35-yard touchdown run. Junior tailback Larry Haskins joined in the fray to score twice in the first quarter on a pair of short runs to give the Falcons a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
By the time the season is over, the thing that will most likely stand out from Friday night's game was a rash of scoring by both teams. Senior Michael Marquez scored on a two-yard run with 6:11 left in the half to give the Falcons a 28-0 lead.
Shortly thereafter, Carlisle scored on a pass play to Eldrick Gunter, who scored all three of the Chiefs' touchdowns to cut the FS lead to 28-7.
Haskins answered with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff, but that was quickly erased when Gunter countered with an 85-yard kickoff return for a score just seconds later.
Both teams settled down for the remainder of the half. Fuqua led 35-13 at the half, and scored three times in the third quarter on runs of 25-yards, 15-yards and 30-yards by Williams to give the Falcons a 54-13 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Carlisle scored its final touchdown with 44 seconds remaining.
“We stopped them right before the half when it was 35-13 right in front of their endzone, so if we go into the half only up 14 points and having to kick off to them in the third quarter, things could have been different. They were able to move the ball on us a couple of times, but when we needed a play, our kids responded.
“Their skill positions were really good, but I think maybe we had a little more experience on our line, and I think that was the key difference.”
According to Fuqua statistics, Williams had 220 yards and four touchdowns on ten carries, while Haskins gained 90 yards and scored twice on nine touches in addition to his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Marquez had six rushes for 21 yards and a score.
Clayton Worell led the Falcons with ten tackles, while Marquez and Haskins had eight and seven tackles respectively. Cody Bailey had five stops, while Carter Cunningham had four tackles and an interception that stopped a Carslie potential scoring drive and was returned to midfield.
Fuqua will host Southampton Academy on Friday at home. It will be Fuqua's annual Hall of Fame Night. The festivities will push kickoff back to 7:30 p.m.