A big night from JoRaye Morrison and the Wilkes Central defense pushed the Eagles back above .500 with a 38-14 win against Surry Central on Friday night in Moravian Falls.

Morrison finished with 215 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns. The junior also hauled in a touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Pack as time expired in the first quarter to give the Eagles (2-1) at 13-0 lead.

Morrison later scored again on the ground in the fourth quarter on a 50-yard scamper.

Wilkes Central found the end zone on the ground again in the second quarter when Trent Hunt took a pitch off a jet sweep and raced 69 yards to pay dirt.

But Surry Central’s Junior Palacios responded back on the ensuing kickoff with a 75-yard return for the score to cut Wilkes Central’s lead to 19-7 at halftime.

Cortlan Clark had initially taken the opening kickoff for the second half 70 yards to the end zone but it was called back due to a penalty. Two plays later however, Pack scored on a 22-yard run.

Surry Central (0-3) continued to fight back and made it 25-14 after three quarters on a 22-yard score of its own from Daniel Valenzuela.

The Golden Eagles had a chance to make it a one-possession game late in the third quarter but Andre Wilson came up with a big sack of Surry Central quarterback Maisen Holt on third-and-11.

After Morrison’s score, Clark, who had intercepted a Holt pass in the third quarter, put the Eagles comfortably ahead with two minutes to play with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Alex Nichols.

Wilkes Central will close out its nonconference schedule next Friday with a visit to Watauga. The Golden Eagles face another tough challenge when they travel to the always powerful East Surry.

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