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Originally published: 2013-09-05 17:34:24
Last modified: 2013-09-05 17:35:08

Huskies take on R.J. Reynolds

by Staff Reports

By Jordan Davis
WEST JEFFERSON -- Ashe County has been very close to victory in both of its games this season but the Huskies have not been able to take that next step.
The team will face another test this week with a road game against R.J. Reynolds Friday night.
The Huskies are coming off an emotional 13-7 overtime loss last week to rival Watauga in which they dominated The Pioneers statistically.
R.J. Reynolds is also looking for its first win of the season. The Demons have given up at least 50 points in both games, although to quality opponents in East Forsyth and Carver.
However, this may be slightly misleading. Despite the Demons' struggles so far this season, Ashe coach Bran Hampton thinks this is the most athletic team his squad has played this season.
"The teams that they've gone up against have been more athletic than them, but this will be the most athletic team we've faced," Hampton said. "Their defense right now is very undisciplined. If they get that fixed they could be very tough to move the ball on."
The Huskies have not had any trouble moving the ball this season, but putting points on the scoreboard has been an issue. The offense has gained at least 200 yards in both games, but has only scored three touchdowns.
Hampton has been critical of himself for the red zone woes, but thinks he may have some answers when the Huskies head off to Winston-Salem.
"I've racked my brain all weekend trying to figure out something to do in the red zone, and I think we have a pretty good plan," Hampton said.