Pirates Take Advantage of Eagle Mistakes


The past few Friday nights have presented Ashley football coach Mike Propst with plenty of teaching moments for his new-look team. Rarely has the message been so focused as in this week's 24-7 loss to Swansboro.

The Screaming Eagles committed five turnovers – three interceptions and two fumbles – and also lost a muffed punt as they dropped their home opener. A strong third-quarter comeback bid fell apart amid the mistakes.

"I don't focus on the turnovers," Propst said. "We're not going to fuss on a kid for fumbling because they come out on Friday night and do the best they can. They don't do it on purpose, but we've got to do those little things to get better."

It's not the start Ashley (0-2) hoped for in its first season under Propst, but the team showed improvement in Week 2. The Eagles were pushed around in a 34-6 loss to Hoke County last Friday. Against Class 3A Swansboro, they were better able to match up.

Quarterback Cham Carey and running back Justin Foy – both first-time starters as seniors – paced the Ashley offense but also made critical errors.

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