– Call it a barn burner, or just a lack of defense, but the Nation Ford and Greenvillescored 12 touchdowns between the two schools in the first half enroute to a 63-55 win for Nation Ford.
The first meeting between the two schools was originally scheduled for Friday, but the teams never made it onto the field at Nation Ford High because of lighting. When the game was played Saturday, the rains came at the half. Lighting delayed the start of the second half for 90 minutes. With the delay, the game lasted nearly five hours.
they two teams combined for 1,379 yards of total offense, with Nation Ford unofficially accounting for 658 yards.
Nation Ford’s junior quarterback Cole Martin threw for 439 yards and a school record seven touchdowns. Greenville’s quarterback Carson Spiers threw for 476 yards and six touchdowns, while running for another.
Not everything went through the air. Nation Ford senior running back Keshaun McClure rushed for 187 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns, two running and two receiving.
In the fourth quarter, the Falcons defense intercepted Spiers in the end zone killing a Greenville drive.
McClure then went 80 yards on the next play to extend the Falcons lead to two touchdowns.
Greenville rallied, getting within one touchdown. The game came down to the last play as the Falcons’ defense stopped a potential game tying touchdown drive.
“We had stops that were crucial for us to win,” Nation Ford head coach Michael Allen said “Getting our running game going helped us.”
Greenville forced Nation Ford to punt to start the third quarter and then regained the lead on a six-play drive which saw Spiers hit senior Jalen Wilkes for a touchdown, and a 48-42 lead. Wilkes scored four touchdowns and caught eight passes for 201 yards.
Martin and the Falcons regrouped, moving the ball better in the third quarter. On its second drive Nation Ford regained the lead with Martin throwing to Hank Tuipulotu for a touchdown, It was the the quarterback’s seventh touchdown of the game, a school record.
After two unsportsmanlike penalties on Greenville, Nation Ford got the ball at its Greenville 40 yard line. McClure did the majority of work as Nation Ford kept the ball on the ground. The senior scored from a yard out to put the Falcons up 56-48.
Early in the game, Greenville running back Cam Wakefield moved the ball well to end the first quarter. Spiers hit Wilkes on the first play of the second quarter to take the lead with a 13-yard touchdown.
Nation Ford used a seven-play drive, capped by a 20-yard touchdown reception by Tuipuloto, to tie the game at 28-28.
The Red Raiders responded with a one-minute drive as Spiers and Wilkes connected for their third touchdown of the half.
Nation Ford’s next scoring drive was aided by a 24-yard catch from junior Josh Shade and an unsportsmanlike penalty on Greenville that pushed the Falcons to the 28-yard line. Martin hit Helms for a touchdown on the next play.
The teams again traded touchdowns, but
Brady Hensley blocked the Greenville extra point.
Nation Ford took the lead on an 88-yard drive, ending with a 22-yard touchdown pass reception for McClure to make it 42-41 with 2:30 left in the first half.
Nation Ford 63, Greenville 55
G – Carson Spiers 73-yard pass to Jalen Wilkes (Kevin Lorenzen kick)
NF – Cole Martin seven-yard pass to Hank Tuipulotu (Lexi Dressing kick)
G – Cam Wakefield nine-yard run (Lorenzen kick)
NF – Martin 62-yard pass to Jordan Helms (Dressing kick)
G – Spiers 16-yard pass to RJ Brooks (Lorenzen kick)
NF – Martin 10-yard pass to Keshaun McClure (Dressing kick)
G – Spiers to Wilkes 13-yard pass (Lorenzen kick)
NF – Martin 20-yard pass to Tuipulotu (Dressing kick)
G – Spiers 54-yard pass to Wilkes (Lorenzen kick)
NF – Martin 28-yard pass to Helms (Dressing kick)
G – Spiers 45-yard pass to Brooks (kick blocked)
NF – Martin 22-yard pass to McClure (Dressing kick)
G – Spiers 18-yard pass to Wilkes (Lorenzen kick)
NF – Martin 26-yard pass to Tuipulotu (Dressing kick)
NF – McClure one-yard run (Dressing kick)
G – Spiers one-yard run (Lorenzen kick)
First downs 32;30
Passing yards 476;439
RUSHING Greenville: Carson Spiers 14-49, Jackson Clark 2-15, Cam Wakefield 21-176, Jalen Wilkes 1-5. Nation Ford: Cole Martin 7-18, Keshaun McClure 22-187, Davelle Green 5-10, Ervin Lassiter 1-4.
PASSING Greenville: Carson Spiers 24-37-1 476. Nation Ford: Cole Martin 26-39-0 439.
RECEIVING Greenville: John Krall 4-51, RJ Brooks 7-126, Wilkes 8-201, Meleek Rogers 4-62, Kaelin Braswell 1-19, Wakefield 1-17. Nation Ford: Hank Tuipulotu 12-153, Jordan Helms 6-147, Josh Shade 2-30, Halen Burgess 1-3, Lassiter 2-67, McClure 3-39.
RECORDS Greenville 0-3; Nation Ford 2-2.