The reins running Mooresville High School’s consecutive-game winning streak wound up being reeled in following a 49-7 defeat dealt to the Blue Devils by perennial power West Forsyth Friday night.
The Devils were riding a wave of seven successive favorable decisions against non-league foes spanning all or parts of the previous three seasons combined.
A bid to stretch that streak, however, ended early, saddling Mooresville with a 1-1 record it will take with it back into play for the opening post-phase of Labor Day play.
Despite being buoyed by an overflowing home crowd anticipating a competitive contest between the latest editions of established successful programs, the Blue Devils fell behind by a double-digit difference during the opening quarter alone. They were never fully able to overcome the damage to endure their first loss to a non-conference opponent since their next-to-the-last outing held midway the 2017 season’s slate.
On Friday, even the earliest of the limited number of bright spots turned in by the Devils dimmed shortly thereafter. Sophomore linebacker Elijah Wilson’s strip of a West Forsyth Titans ball carrier resulted in a midair fumble recovery, thwarted West Forsyth’s opening-game drive deep into Mooresville’s territory. The Devils were tackled in their own end zone for a safety on their initial play of the game coming just a few ticks inside the game’s opening four minutes of play.
It merely set the stage for much more damage to ensue. West Forsyth tacked on two touchdowns on each its following two marches in the initial quarter to command a 16-0 lead at the close of first-period play alone. The Titans then poured on the damage over the course of second quarter action with three TDs tallied within a less than 10-minute span. The last of the first half strikes came inside the final 30 seconds, allowing the Titans to take a 36-0 lead at the intermission break.
MHS watched the deficit grow to what wound up being its widest margin of the night when the Titans logged in with the only touchdown tallied in the third period to up the difference to the 43-0 mark and, in the process, set in motion a continuous running clock the remainder of the night.
Mooresville was able to at least put a dent on the opposition’s shutout shot late in the fourth quarter on wide receiver Keshaun Black’s successful catch of quarterback Hunter DeBerardino’s aerial toss for a 43-yard touchdown connection. That lone catch-and-carry play at the time served to nearly double the entire total of the Blue Devils’ total yardage to that particular point. Accompanying the score, kicker Isaac Riffle planted the point-after kick to complete the scoring total.
On what wound up being the final play of the game, West Forsyth tacked on a meaningless final touchdown courtesy of returning a pass interception.
In the defeat, Blue Devils junior receiver Sean Collins finished with his five receptions good for 54 yards, while Black used his long-distance TD catch to also help support his leading ground-gaining effort as well. Fueled by accounting for the longest run from scrimmage covering 24 yards, Black rushed for right at 50 yards overall.
Defender Wilson’s steal of a West Forsyth fumble recovery accounted for the Devils’ lone forced turnover of the game.
Mooresville now embarks on what wounds up being a full month’s worth of appearances on tap to take place away from home at Davie County Friday night. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.