Hibriten runs through Ashe 39-6
by Staff Reports
WEST JEFFERSON -- Ashe County could never gain any momentum Friday night as visiting Hibriten ran through the Huskies for a 39-6 win.
The Huskies found themselves in a hole from the beginning and could never climb out of it. On the third play of the game, Hibriten quarterback Jacob Copper took an option keeper 25 yards to the end zone to put the Panthers in front 6-0.
On the Panthers' second play of their next possession, running back Devell Maxwell shot through the middle of the Huskies' defense for a 52-yard touchdown run to make it 12-0 early in the first quarter.
The Huskies' next two drives would start inside the Panthers' 20-yard line thanks to Hibriten fumbles on back-to-back possessions. But the Huskies could not capitalize on either one.
Ashe quarterback Connor Bowers was stopped short of the goal line on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line the first opportunity.
Ashe's next chance for points also backfired when the Huskies fumbled the ball through the end zone, which resulted in a touchback.
"If we score on one of those drives, it's a different game. Our heads would have been high instead of dragging around," Ashe coach Brian Hampton said.
Ashe had another chance to gain some momentum on a long pass play, but fumbled the ball. The next play, Copper ran in his second long touchdown of the half, this one for 52 yards, to make it 19-0.
Hibriten torched the Huskies with 244 rushing yards in the first half. The duo of Copper and Maxwell proved to be too much for the Huskies to contain. Copper finished with 98 yards and three touchdowns rushing for the game, while Maxwell finished with 110 yards and two touchdowns.
"We didn't tackle as well tonight as we have the previous three games," Hampton said. "Hibriten is a very good team and is well coached. But, I still feel like if we tackled like we normally do, they don't score near as many points as they did."
The Huskies finally got their only score with just over three minutes left in the game.
On a fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Bowers scooped up the snap that landed a few yards behind him and flung the ball into the end zone.
McNeill came down with the ball to end the Panthers' hopes of a shutout. Ashe missed the extra point.