EAST BEND - The Falcons summoned some Homecoming magic and soared into the win column.
After seven tough losses to open the season, Forbush scored 31 unanswered points and held off a late East Wilkes rally to notch its first victory of the season, 34-20, Friday night on Homecoming.
Running back Jordan Sawyers paved the way for the Falcons, rushing for 174 yards and three total touchdowns, while Matthew Stanley added 129 yards on the ground and a score.
Quarterback Bennett Winslow was efficient on the night, throwing for 94 yards on 5-for-7 passing, hooking up with Sawyers on a 31-yard strike in the third quarter.
Todd Patterson hauled in two catches for 50 yards as the Falcons racked up 387 yards of total offense in their finest performance of the season.
After falling behind 6-3 late in the first quarter, Forbush reeled off 31-straight points to take a commanding 34-6 advantage midway through the fourth.
Stanley followed an Alex Torres 38-yard field goal with a 7-yard score. Sawyers followed with a 31-yard touchdown catch to put the Falcons up 17-6.
After another Torres field goal, Sawyers found paydirt from five and 22 yards out to give Forbush a comfortable 34-6 lead with just over four minutes to play.
But East Wilkes stormed back, scoring two touchdowns in a minute to trim the lead down to 34-20.
The Falcons hung on to preserve their first win of the year.
The 34 points against the Cardinals outscored Forbush’s scoring production through the first five Mountain Valley Conference games combined.
With the win, the Falcons moved out of the cellar of the conference standings, improving to 1-7 on the year and 1-5 in MVAC action.
Forbush returns to the field Friday in West Jefferson to take on Ashe County before returning home to close out the season against Elkin.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.