No wonder football coaches around the country are slowly losing their hair, or its prematurely turning grey.




Just ask Ashe County High football coach Brian Hampton. The Huskies pulled out a nail-biting 50-42 win against his former team, North Surry, in their season opener at Huskies Stadium in West Jefferson, N.C., Friday night.


The Huskies were led by quarterback Connor Bowers, who threw for 376 yards. And despite throwing four interceptions, he also connected on six touchdown tosses.


Maison McNeill and Jacob Blevins were his favorite targets. McNeill had five catches for 145 yards and three TDs; Blevins caught five balls for 140 yards and two scores.


Sophomore Skye Sullivan led the ground game. He rambled for 81 yards on nine carries and a TD. He averaged nine-yards a carry against the Greyhounds.


Defensively, the Huskies picked off four passes. Kenny Reed led the way with two interceptions; Joseph Lowder and Alex Richardson each had one apiece. North Surry (0-1), despite the loss, racked up 400 yards offensively, and forced five turnovers defensively.


Sophomore Tristen Jones made 15 tackles Friday night for the Huskies, including seven solo stops and a tackle-for-loss; Shawn Baker made nine stops.


The Huskies travel to Boone to play Watauga Friday night. It's the 16th meeting between the schools.