Windsor runs over Surry

Published 10:19 am Saturday, October 22, 2011

WINDSOR—Senior running back R.J. Edwards racked up 221 yards on the ground to help Windsor crush the Cougars of Surry County High School 50-28 on homecoming night.

Desiree Elliott, left, was named Windsor High School Homecoming Queen and Brittany Stephens was named Maid of Honor at halftime of Friday night’s game against Surry. Elliott is the daughter of William and Alethea Elliott. Dale Liesch | Tidewater News

“Our guys ran well and our line did a heck of a job,” said Windsor Coach Chuck Parrish. “It’s always nice to get a win on homecoming.”

The Cougar offense had the Duke defense on its heels early, taking a 6-0 lead on a 56-yard touchdown strike from Timothy Thomas to Reggie Diggs with 10:31 left in the first quarter.

Edwards scored Windsor’s first three touchdowns of the game. The first came at the 7:33 mark of the first quarter on the Dukes’ opening possession.

The nine-yard jaunt by Edwards and his two-point conversion put the Dukes up 8-6.

After the Windsor defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing drive, the offense started its drive at the WHS 45-yard line. The drive lasted 10 plays and took 6:20 off the clock. It culminated with a two-yard touchdown run by Edwards. A pass from Justice Chapman to Josh Edwards converted the two-point play and put the Dukes up 16-6 with 1:13 left in first quarter.

Surry was forced to punt with 11 seconds left in the first quarter after another three-and-out by the Duke defense.

Edwards scored again on the ensuing drive. This time he reached pay dirt from four yards out and Sharod Peterson converted the two-point play to put Windsor up 24-6 with 10:04 left in the first half.

Surry was forced to punt again after Thomas missed on three straight passes.

The Dukes took over at their own 26-yard line and used three different backs to run the ball during an 18-play drive that took up 8:50. Chapman scored from five yards out, but the conversion failed. The Dukes led 30-6 with 36 seconds left in first half.

Surry got as close as 36-22 in the second half, but the home team was never seriously threatened.

A 5-yard touchdown run by Oris Bowers and a 2-yard scoring run by Chapman after a 45-yard interception return by Thomas Austin put the game away for the Dukes.

Bowers had 70 yards on 13 carries for Windsor, which improved to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Tri-Rivers District. The Dukes have a bye next week before district foe Franklin visits on Friday, Nov. 4, which will be Senior Night in Windsor.

“They’ll be tough,” Parrish said of Franklin. “It’ll be a good game.”