Well, the Brian Hampton era has had its ups-and-downs this season. But despite some pratt falls early in the year, the Ashe County football team has turned its fortunes around. And the Huskies (4-6 overall; 3-4 Mountain Valley 1A/
2A Conference) have put themselves in a serious position to make the state playoffs.
The Huskies, who haven't missed the state playoffs since 2002, clobbered Forbush 33-10 on Senior Night Friday night at Huskies Stadium in West Jefferson. Jonathan Cox scored four touchdowns, including three on the ground, to lead Ashe County. Cox finished with 274 yards rushing on 22 carries. Jordan Sawyers rushed 30 times for 151 yards and scored only Falcon touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Huskies will close out the regular season at East Wilkes next Friday night. The state playoff selections will be announced next Saturday, October 27.
VIKINGS FALL IN OVERTIME
The Avery High football team remains winless in the Western Highlands 1A/2A Conference. The Vikings (2-8 overall; 0-6 WHC) also lost their eighth game in a row with a heartbreaking 36-28 overtime loss at Mountain Heritage Friday night in Burnsville. Lucas King scored on a 10-yard run and also ran in for a 2-point conversion in overtime for the Cougars (4-5, 3-3 Western Highlands).
Drew Hollman paced the Cougars with 102 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Luke Childress paced the Vikings with 207 yards and three TDs. The Vikings rallied from a 28-14 deficit to score twice in the second quarter, tying the game and forcing overtime,. Tyler Polsgrove scored on a one-yard run with 10:36 left to make it, 28-21. That play capped off a seven-play, 85-yard drive for the Vikings.
Childress scored a 56-yard run with 5:38 left to tie the game. Childress also scored on a one-yard run and a 44-yard scamper in the second quarter. The Vikings, who are on the verge of missing the state playoffs since 2001, close out the regular season at home against Mitchell next Friday night on Senior Night.
The Vikings defeated Mitchell 20-13 in their season opener back on August 17.