By Pete Zamplas
EHS – Erwin Warriors’ new running back Donterian “Don” Mosley shined Friday (Aug.10) as a good omen, in the last scrimmage ahead of the opener this Friday.
Erwin played nearly one full half as planned, before rain halted the scrimmage. This was the third and final half-game of the N.C.-S.C. Border War triple-header at Hendersonville High School. Erwin fell 21-12 to Eastside, a power from Taylors, S.C. outside of Greenville.
Erwin’s known quantity is the senior passing combo of mobile quarterback Kendrick Weaver to electric open-field runner Simeon Thompson, a WMAC player of the year candidate. Weaver is a very sturdy 5-foot 10 and 186 pounds. He can scramble well, behind Erwin’s huge line. Tristian Brank was sure-handed Friday as a big (6-3, 217 jr.) target in traffic.
Above all, Don Mosley was Erwin’s most effective ground gainer Friday by breaking tackles for long runs and first downs and after catching passes. He ran for a touchdown. He is starting to resemble his talented predecessor Isaiah Poore, another dual threat. Poore ran for nearly 1,400 yards in ’17, and 2,400 in two years.
Many wondered how much firepower would dissipate, in Poore’s absence. Wonder no longer. Mosley looks up to the task. “He’s explosive, with shifty hips like Isaiah,” Head Coach Rodney Pruett said. Similarly, “Don also has great hands to catch, if we flank him out.” Mosley like Poore is strong, yet fast. Mosley, a junior, is 5-9 and weighs 177. Both also played defense. Mosley handles defensive end duties.
Another defensive end — Riley Towles — made Erwin’s most exciting play all evening. Towles made a quick “pick six,” for Erwin’s initial score. Eastside’s Devin Noel picked off a pass in the end zone to thwart an Erwin drive. But he ran it out, and was stopped near his goal.
Soon after, on a pass from the end zone, Towles snared the ball at the Eagle 3, was all alone, and hustled into the end zone. Pruett noted tall 6-5, 183-pound junior Towles is apt to get in QB reps at least in Warrior blowouts. Mosley’s TD run made the final closer, at 21-12.
Erwin opens at Mitchell, hosts Heritage Aug. 24, then is off. The Warriors start off their WMAC season with a bang against co-contenders — with Reynolds at home Sept. 7, then at Asheville.