WINSTON-SALEM– Some people might have missed seeing the score, but the North Carolina High School Athletic Association had an incredible football game on Monday night that ended in the incredible final score of 72-65.
Winston-Salem Prep, in its second year as a varsity football program, outlasted Bishop McGuinness by that unlikely score in action at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem on Monday night in a Northwest 1-A Conference contest.
The 137 points combined by the two teams is the fourth highest total reported in NCHSAA history, behind the state record of 142. Cardinal Gibbons beat the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf 100-42 in 1995, and that was the same year that Fuquay-Varina and Southern Durham combined for 141 points as Fuquay won a wild 83-58 game.
The amazing individual performances were numerous, according to the game report in the Winston-Salem Journal. Running back Jacob Cobbs of Winston-Salem Prep rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Peter Ingle of McGuinness was 22 for 39 passing for a total of 395 yards and seven touchdowns.
Ingle was just two tosses short of the NCHSAA touchdown passing record of nine and it was the 10th time in NCHSAA history that a passer has thrown for seven scores in a game.
Prep led by 64-44 with seven minutes left but the Villains surged back again. At 72-59, Bishop got the ball with 1:44 to play and took less than a minute to score, but the onside kick was recovered by Winston-Salem Prep and the Phoenix held on to win.