SKYLAND — Erwin senior Chase Austin had a defender draped all over him Thursday night.
His quarterback still had enough belief to put the ball in the air. There was a lot of that going on as Damien Ferguson willed the Warriors to a 35-31 comeback win at Roberson.
Ferguson passed for a career-high 449 yards and four touchdowns. The junior also scored on a 60-yard keeper and kept the overall mood on the sideline upbeat, even after Erwin (5-4, 3-1) fell behind 28-7 in the second quarter.
The Warriors trailed for all but a few minutes of the first-ever Buncombe County high school football game to be shown on live TV. Austin was able to wrestle the ball away from a defensive back for a 40-yard touchdown catch with 2:27 to go.
“It’s easy to get down on yourself when things are going right,” Ferguson said.
“I just kept telling everyone to keep fighting. I knew we had a chance. This has always been a fighting team.”
Ferguson (2,197 yards and 20 touchdowns with seven interceptions) is a 2,000-yard passer for the second consecutive season. He threw for 2,597 yards and 24 touchdowns with eight interceptions as a sophomore and his previous career high for single-game yardage (381) stemmed from a 2014 game against North Buncombe.
Ferguson completed 34 of his 48 attempts Thursday. His three other touchdown passes found the hands of Tavon TInsley (25 yards), Kealin Goode (34) and Isaiah Poore (40).
“Our kids kept the faith and fought back,” Erwin coach Mike Sexton said.
“It took everyone pulling together, and as a coach I don’t know that anything makes you prouder. You can’t explain it.”
More on this story to come….
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