Ashe slams Wilkes Central in first half
by Staff Reports
By Jordan Davis
Ashe County dominated Wilkes Central Friday night 40-18 in a Mountain Valley Conference showdown Friday.
In a complete turnaround from last week’s game against Alleghany, the Huskies (3-3, 2-0 MWC) came off the bus ready to play. Ashe had already put 20 points on the board before the Eagles had gained a single yard on offense, and scored all 40 of its points in the first half.
“We have stressed starting faster, but I don’t know what we did really different,” Ashe coach Brian Hampton said. “Our kids were just focused tonight. We focused on our jobs and came out and played hard.”
Micheal Elliot opened the game with a 44-yard kick return that set the Huskies up on the Wilkes 37-yard line. Four plays later Johnathan Cox put the Huskies on the board with a 3-yard touchdown run.
The Eagles tried some trickery on their opening possession, but did not fool the Huskies. Wide receiver, Dylan Dula, tried his luck with a pass down field, but Matthew Hamilton was in position to pick it off take it to the 5-yard line and set up another Cox touchdown.
“We had seen them throw it with other people in two different games,” Hampton said. “I told the secondary that they are secondary run support. If their guy is going deep then stay with him.”
It would go from bad to worse on the Eagle’s following possession thanks to a fumbled snap. This time, it set up a Connor Bowers touchdown pass.
The Huskies would continue putting up points on their next three possessions, giving them touchdowns on their first six possessions and a 40-0 lead with just over three minutes left in the first half.
The Eagle’s would finally answer just before the end of the half on a drive manufactured almost entirely by running back Andrew Bynum. He ran 81 yards on three straight carries, including a 41-yard touchdown run.
Ashe would not score again in the second half, but did not need to with the offensive onslaught put on in the first half.
“When we got up 20-0, we were preaching that we were down by this much last week and we need to keep going,” Hampton said. “Selfishly, I would have liked to score in the second half because they did. But, we were able to accomplish some things and get a lot of guys quality reps.”
Bowers was not need often, but had one of his best games with only two incompletions. He finished 8-10 for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and added a rushing touchdown.
“I think we learned from last week, the offense executed a whole lot better,” Bowers said. “Passing and running both really helped us out tonight.”
The Huskies will stay at home this week for a match up against West Wilkes.