Ashe County belts West Wilkes
by Jordan Davis
The offense turned the ball over five times, but the Blackhawks only managed 14 points as the Huskies cruised to a 35-14 victory. The defense held them to under 50 yards passing and forced three turnovers of their own.
"To only give up 14 points and turn the ball over five times - that's pretty good," Ashe coach Brian Hampton said. "It's hard to simulate their offense in practice, but once we got adjusted to game speed we played pretty well."
The turning point for the Huskies (4-3, 3-0 MVC) came near the end of the first half on potential 14-point swing. The Blackhawks were marching down the field to break a 7-7 tie, but a Triplett pass was intercepted by Michael Hamilton and returned for the touchdown.
"That was the turning point. We were sort of zombie land, we were zoned out of it," Hamilton said. "We were not focused at that point, but once we got that momentum shift we really got going."
The Blackhawks (2-5, 0-3) fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the 20-yard line to set up a Johnathan Cox rushing touchdown and give Ashe a comfortable 21-7 halftime lead.
Despite the momentum going into the second half, the Huskies got off to a shaky start. Cox fumbled on two consecutive drives to open the half, which resulted in seven points for West Wilkes.
Even with two straight fumbles, Hamilton continued to give the ball to Cox - and his trust would be rewarded. Cox ran for 50 yards on the next possession, and spun through half the Blackhawk defense on a six-yard touchdown run that put the team back up by two scores.