Myron Wynn had mud on his jersey and a smile on his face.
It was another fun Friday night for the George Wythe High School defensive end.
“You’ve just got to move and get after it,” Wynn said. “That’s the name of the game – get after it, get it done and go home.”
George Wythe’s methodical defense racked up six sacks, forced two fumbles and limited Holston to 86 yards of total offense in collecting a 42-0 Hogoheegee District victory Friday night.
It was the second straight shutout for the Maroons (9-0, 4-0) and the third time they’ve blanked an opponent this season.
Even more impressive, GW has allowed just 66 total points all season.
On Friday, Holston running back Dakota Barlow gained 26 yards on the Cavaliers’ first play from scrimmage. That was the longest play Holston (3-6, 2-2) mustered the entire game.
“I think it takes us a couple of plays to get adjusted to what’s going on and get ourselves focused a little bit,” said George Wythe coach H.S. Ingo. “We’ve just tried to keep making sure we don’t make dumb mistakes and don’t put ourselves in bad situations.”
The energetic Wynn usually does things right and did so again, having a hand in three sacks and delivering several bone-crunching hits. According to the 6-foot, 186-pound senior, much of George Wythe’s success comes from making the most of tough practice sessions.
“Our goal in practice is just to strive to get better,” Wynn said. “Every day we hustle and condition as hard as we can. Practice makes perfect pretty much. You go over plays and go over plays and you keep trying to execute them.”
While George Wythe’s stingy defense keyed Friday’s victory, the offense was equally impressive.
Hunter Tolley (nine carries, 118 yards, one touchdown), Isaac Young (six carries, 118 yards, two touchdowns) and Jonathan Turpin (seven carries, 100 yards, one touchdown) all reached the 100-yard rushing mark. Meanwhile, quarterback Alex Willis tossed touchdown passes to Nick Hagy and Isaac Baltazar.
Young set the tone when he reached the end zone on a 92-yard run on George Wythe’s first offensive play.
Holston coach Jason Matlock left the field impressed.
“Top to bottom, in my opinion, that’s the most solid football team in Southwest Virginia,” Matlock said. “They’ve got size, speed. They’ve got it all.”
Luke Wampler had an interception for the Cavaliers and senior Daniel Applegate produced some highlights on both sides of the ball. It wasn’t nearly enough against the GW juggernaut.
“The only thing we can do is learn from it,” Matlock said. “That’s something we’ve got to keep improving every week and keep learning from our mistakes and keep growing. I was proud of the way we kept fighting.”
George Wythe hosts Wythe County rival Rural Retreat next Friday in a much-anticipated Hogoheegee showdown. The Maroons weren’t caught looking ahead.
“We’re trying to stay focused and we have,” Ingo said. “Our kids have done a great job focusing on who we’re playing. We’ve heard a lot and our kids have heard a lot and it comes down to two very good football teams. They’re going to come in there 8-1 and we’re going to come in 9-0. There’s a lot of talk in the communities, but the ballgame’s going to be played on the field for 48 minutes.”
George Wythe could complete a perfect 10-0 season with a win next week. Wynn knows the hype that will surround the upcoming showdown, but he’s just ready to get back to work.
“If we keep playing hard, we’ll get what’s deserved,” he said
George Wythe 20 15 0 7–42
Holston 0 0 0 0–0
GW—Young 92 run (Hawks kick)
GW—Turpin 6 run (Hawks kick)
GW—Baltazar 20 pass from Willis (kick failed)
GW—Young 7 run (Tolley pass from Willis)
GW—Hagy 27 pass from Willis (Hawks kick)
GW—Tolley 6 run (Hawks kick)
First Downs: GW 15, H 6; Rushes-Yards: GW 33-403, H 33-57; Passing Yards: GW 75, H 29; Comp.-Att.-Int.: GW 4-7-1, H 4-8-0; Fumbles-Lost: GW 1-1, H 3-2; Penalties-Yards: GW 5-35, H 3-15.