Falcons fall to Turner Ashby

WOODSTOCK — Central showed a lot of fight on Friday night, but Turner Ashby’s skill players were too much for the Falcons.

The Knights got the better of scoring fast in the first quarter en route to a 47-26 victory over the Falcons in non-district action.

Turner Ashby had 485 yards of total offense in the victory.

“I thought we never stopped playing,” Central coach Mike Yew said. “TA has some talent at the skill positions. They were tough to stop. They were able to make some plays.”

The Knights (2-2) didn’t waste much time in taking an early lead.

Turner Ashby needed only five plays to go 65 yards using its hurry-up style offense. Tailback Cody Warner capped the drive off with a 21-yard touchdown run less than a minute into the game.

Central (1-2) moved the ball on its first possession, but quarterback Jordon Hosaflook was intercepted by Hunter May at the Central 48-yard line with 9:08 left in the first quarter.

The Knights needed only four plays to add to the lead. Turner Ashby quarterback Mason Fridley connected with Grey Sherfey for a 30-yard touchdown pass for a 12-0 lead with 8:02 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Falcons bounced back. Hank Hoover ran the ball nine times on the ensuing drive for 65 yards. He capped it off with a nine-yard touchdown run with 3:14 left in the first quarter to cut the lead to 12-6.

Turner Ashby’s Warner fumbled the ball on the next drive and it was recovered by Central’s Alex Sibert at the Turner Ashby 14-yard line. Two plays later, Hosaflook connected with Carston Shockey for a 13-yard touchdown pass and a 13-12 lead with 2:53 left in the first quarter.

“I thought this was the best Jordon has thrown the ball all year,” Yew said.

The Knights capped the high-scoring quarter off with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Fridley to Brenan Hanifee for a 20-13 lead with 1:37 remaining in the quarter.

Turner Ashby extended the lead early in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Warner with 10:56 left in the first half.

Central moved the ball in the second quarter but was unable to find the end zone. The Knights scored late in the first half on a seven-yard touchdown run by Michael De La Cruz for a 33-13 lead.

Hoover finished the game with 147 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns.

“He’s our workhorse,” Yew said. “We’re confident in him carrying the ball.”

The Falcons added a two-yard touchdown run by Hoover and a five-yard touchdown run by T.J. Sloan in the fourth quarter.

Hosaflook finished the game 7-for-18 for 146 yards and one touchdown pass.

The Knights were led by 146 yards on the ground from Warner, and 82 from De La Cruz. Fridley finished 11-for-17 for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Hanifee had five catches for 112 yards.

The Falcons open up district play at Clarke County next Friday.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Knights 47, Falcons 26
Turner Ashby 20 13 0 14 –47
Central 13 0 0 13 –26
First quarter
TA: Warner 21 run (Kick failed), 11:02
TA: Sherfey 30 pass from Fridley (Pass failed), 8:02
C: Hoover 9 run (Kick failed) 3;14
C: Shockey 13 pass from Hosaflook (Williams kick), 2:53
TA: Hanifee 51 pass from Fridley (Harris pass from Fridley), 1:37
Second quarter
TA: Warner 1 run (Pass failed), 10:56
TA: De La Cruz 7 run (Lowry kick), :21
Fourth quarter
C: Hoover 2 run (Williams kick), 9:14
TA: Price 14 run (Lowry kick), 6:32
C: Sloan 5 run (Kick failed), 4:02
TA: Warner 11 run (Lowry kick), 1:29
First downs 23 13
Rushes-yards 40-271 40-154
Passing yards 214 146
Passing 11-17-2-1 7-18-1-1
Penalties-yards 5-65 6-43
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Punts-Avg. 0-0 4-31.5
RUSHING: Turner Ashby Warner 24-146, Price 3-21, Fridley 3-8, De La Cruz 9-92. Central Hoover 30-147, Hosaflook 5-3, Riley 1-(-2), Shockey 1-1, Bokanyi 1-0, Sloan 1-5, Davis 1-0.
PASSING: Turner Ashby Fridley 11-17-214-2-1. Central Hosaflook 7-18-146-1-1.
RECEIVING: Turner Ashby Hanifee 5-112, Sherfey 3-67, Harris 2-37, Warner 1-(-2). Central Sloan 1-7, Hoover 1-24, Shockey 2-27, Braithwaite 2-45, Charity 1-43.