CARY — Cary Green Hope made it two wins in a row over the Sanderson Friday night with a 29-13 non-conference fotball win.
The Falcons only loss this year was to tough Leesville Road, but Green Hope coach Kwame Dixon said the defeat was a turning point for his defense, which shut out Sanderson in the second half.
"We have a senior group of kids that finally came together in the second half of that game (Leesville)," Dixon said. "Something just clicked for them and we can see the difference."
Junior quarterback Chris Tutwiler, who completed 13 of 26 passes for 193 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, said he knows why the Falcons (2-1) have been successful so far.
"We definitely have a better attitude this year," he said. "The effort is there, we work well together and we are working a lot harder."
Sanderson scored its two touchdowns in the first period. Zairee Parker needed just 16 seconds to give the Spartans a 6-0 lead in the opening kickoff.
But the Falcons didn't stay shellshocked for long. Green Hope drove 63 yards in eight plays that ended when Tutwiler found Jacob Best from five yards out. The point-after gave the Falcons a one-point lead.
The Spartans struck right back, or rather running back Tyron Miller, who rocketed up the middle for 59 yards to put Sanderson back ahead 13-7 with 6:15 left in the first quarter.
Two field goals of 25 yards and 26 yards by Green Hope place-kicker Zack Doernburg tied the game at 13-all with 11:15 left in the first half.
The Falcons needed just one play to retake the lead on a short field at the Spartans 30. This time, Tutwiler found Dylan Hartigan for the 20-13 halftime lead.
Green Hope opened the second half with an eight-play, 76-yard drive that Hartigan finished with a 15-yard run. Doernburg's third field goal of the night, this time a 28-yarder, finished out the scoring.