|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Oct. 7, 2006 - BLUE RIDGE - The Como-Pickton Eagles head into District 16-2A action next week in a position they did not want to be in after a 44-0 loss to the Blue Ridge Tigers Friday night.
"We didn't execute, block or tackle tonight," said CPHS head coach Joe Ryzman. "We didn't play the type of ball game that we needed to play in order to be competitive."
The Eagles are now 0-5 on the season and will open district next Friday� at Hawkins (1-4). Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
"We are taking it one week at a time and we are going to look at our opponent next week and work harder to get better, and in getting better we are going to get in there and compete to the best of our ability and hopefully come up with a win," the coach said.
The Tigers (4-1) opened up the scoring as Taylor Wright hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Nick Fisher for the early 7-0 lead. Drew North nailed the PAT good with 10:13 remaining in the opening quarter.
With the Eagles pinned deep in their own territory, C-P punter Justin Payton was unable to bring the snap down on fourth down as the ball went into the end zone, and Blue Ridge's Cory Dyer recovered the ball for the touchdown. Worth nailed his second PAT for the 14-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Blue Ridge scored 16 unanswered points in 1:25 as Nick Morgan cashed in from 6-yards out with 10:48 remaining.
Then on the ensuing kickoff, Eagle freshman James Carter could not get past the 1-yard line. On the next play from scrimmage, Carter was tackled in the end zone by Worth for a safety.
Then on the free kick by Como-Pickton, Wright went 75 yards on the return with 9:23 remaining as the Tigers went into the lockerroom with a 30-0 lead.
CPHS running back Alex Mowat got the Eagles into Tigers territory on a 24-yard pass play from Austin Darby, but the Eagles could not cash in when they needed to and were stopped on downs. Other than that passing play, the Eagles' longest play was a rushing play of 13 yards by Alex Williams.
In the second half, Morgan scored his second touchdown of the game on a 45-yard scamper as Worth kicked his fifth PAT with 8:27 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers wrapped up their scoring with 6:53 remaining in the fourth quarter as Lee Brooks picked off Darby's final pass and returned it 20 yards to paydirt for the 44-0 finale.
CPHS finished the game with 15 total yards of offense, making it the third time the Eagles were held to less than 100 yards of offense in a game this season.
"We are going to work on the little things that are going to make us better, and that is all that we can do," Ryzman said. "We are going to come back Monday and look at the film and reevaluate what we did wrong and get back to work."
Noe Tellez was the leading rusher for the Eagles with two carries for 12 yards, while Alex Mowat had three carries for five yards. Mowat also had one catch for 24 yards.
Darby finished the game 2-for-9 for 28 yards and one interception in the passing department for the Eagles.
Morgan was the leading rusher for the Tigers with five carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns, while Wright had seven carries for 63 yards. Fisher led in the passing department, going 5-of-8 for 92 yards and one touchdown.