Falcons Soar Mustangs Stumble

10/03/14) The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs proved to be no match for the West Henderson High School Friday night in Sylva. The rains pulled away shortly before game time and left Sylva and Carr Hooper Stadium a perfect place to play this season’s homecoming game. West Henderson got on the board first with a seven yard run by Cody Jackson but the point after the touchdown try failed. The Mustangs came charging back and went ahead on the score by Jayce Wolfe and with the PAT by Travis Holden the Mustangs were up 7 to 6. The Falcons came back with seconds remaining in the first quarter with a touchdown and the try for the two point conversion failed. In the second quarter Quarterback William Crouch added a touchdown on a three yard run. This time the try for the two point conversion was good and the Falcons were ahead 20 to 7. The Mustangs staled at midfield and the ball went back over to Western Henderson who took the ball down-field to set up for a field goal. The Mustang defense was stingy but several times crumbled on the third down play after holding West Henderson for short yardage for four or five plays but the Falcons came up with crucial plays and just enough yardage to sustain their drives. James Murry split the uprights with a 37 yard line drive field goal to put the Falcons up 23 to 7 at the half. At the half Katie Fortner was named as this year’s Homecoming Queen. Fortner from the Tuckasegee Community is an athlete in her own stead having played on the Carolina Rattlers Softball Team sponsored by Sylva American Legion Post 104 which won the North Carolina Big League Girls State Championship. Eli Young was named Homecoming King.. In the third quarter the Mustangs were unable to get near the end zone while West Henderson added a touchdown. The Mustangs held West Henderson to a single score which was a 37 yard break away run by Cody Jackson. Lapka’s PAT attempt was good which game the Falcons a 30 to 7 point lead. The fourth quarter opened with the Mustangs finding some enough offense to score one touchdown. Quarterback Zeb Speir who was accurate as a rifle shot when given the slightest moment find and plant for the throw. The Falcons were in his backfield all night giving him no time to set up for any receiver. West Henderson scored late for the final 37 to 15 margin. The MKustangs have one home game left against Brevard on October 24 th and will travel to undefeated Frankloin next Friday night.