Darren Lammons (1) reaches over the goal line for his 1st of two TD’s of the game. Photo Credit: Brandon Netto
By: Brad Cole
The North Henderson football team traveled to Swain County for a non-conference match-up that would turn out to be a dandy. Going into the night, North had never beat Swain in school history, but that would change as the Knights beat the Maroon Devils, 31-28.
Before the excitement, though, the Knights struggled to get things going in the first quarter. The Swain offense got the best of North with a three-yard rushing touchdown. Swain once again put the Knights in a tough spot as they used a 36-yard touchdown in the mid second quarter to have a commanding 14-0 lead at the 10:41 mark in the 2nd.
But the Maroon Devils’ offensive dominance would be short-lived. Brothers Miguel and Darren Lammons both scored in back-to-back possessions. First, quarterback Kalin Ensley found Miguel for a pass to the end zone to get North on the scoring sheet, then Darren caught a short pass and stretched over the goal line (pictured) to put North only behind one point going into the half, 14-13. North’s second extra point barely missed.
The 2nd half was just as exciting as Swain put up seven points early, then Austin Vanhoy took a kick return to the house to put the Knights in Swain’s rear-view mirror with a score of 21-19. Kalin Ensley then fooled the entire stadium by rushing to the right side from 4 yards out. North went for 2 and failed giving the Knights a tight 4 point lead up 25-21 in the middle of the 4th quarter.
The defense would continue to pressure Swain and give Darren Lammons a chance to show off his skills as he danced and pranced his way to the end zone in a touchdown pass from Ensley to give North’s its 31-28 lead they would take to win. To end the game, Darren Lammons showed his skills on the defensive side of the ball as he intercepted a hail mary attempt by Swain to secure North’s second win of the season.
“It’s unbelievable, it really is. We continue to tell these guys you can be history, or you can make your history,” said Head Coach Justin Clark on getting the school’s first ever win against Swain County. North now sits at 2-1 on the year, and comes back home to face Hendersonville next week.