Two first-quarter turnovers and a couple of failed chances to capitalize on Hibriten miscues spelled disaster for the Huskies.
The Panthers jumped ahead 12-0 in the first four minutes of the game and cruised on to the 39-6 victory.
Hibriten quarterback Jacob Copper started the game with a 25-yard touchdown run on a three-play scoring drive that took just over one minute to execute.
Two minutes later following an Ashe punt, starting tailback Devell Maxwell ripped off a 52-yard TD right through the middle of the Ashe defense. Both extra points were no good to make the score 12-0 in favor of the Panthers.
With six minutes left in the quarter, Ashe looked to be in good shape after recovering a Hibriten fumble at the 10-yard line. The Huskies could not move the ball though and ended up turning the ball over on a failed fourth-down conversion.
Three plays later, Ashe forced another fumble inside the Hibriten 10. Matthew Hamilton was there for the recovery.
On the first offensive play, the Huskies coughed the ball up into the endzone. The Panthers recovered for a touchback.
At the 9:15 mark of the second quarter, Copper used his legs again for another long TD run. This scamper ended up being 52-yards long. The extra point was good. Ashe trailed 19-0.
The Panthers had one more first-half touchdown to score. Maxwell powered into the endzone from nine yards out for his second score of the day. Hibriten was up 25-0 at the half.
Both teams started the second half with a turnover. Hibriten turned the ball over on downs while Davone Jones intercepted a Connor Bowers pass with 4:49 left.
Three plays later, Maxwell piled more yards on with a 28-yard TD run, his third of the night.
Not to be outdone, Copper added his third TD run with 18 seconds left in the third for the final Panther score.
Trailing 39-0, Ashe got a late TD pass from Bowers to sophomore Maison McNeill.
The Huskies fell to 1-3 overall.
“We’ve got to get back to practice and get better at what we do and I think we’ll be fine,” said Head Coach Brian Hampton. “I don’t mind getting beat as long as we’re making the fundamental plays. Tonight we really didn’t make the fundamental plays and that comes back to the coaching. I take full responsibility.”
Ashe will be off this coming week before heading into the meat of the schedule with seven conference games, starting with a road game at Alleghany on Sept. 27.
Other area scores:
West Stokes 16, East Surry 9
North Iredell 31, East Wilkes 13
Elkin 18, Surry Central 7
Mount Airy 30, North Surry 27 (OT)
Alleghany 58, South Stokes 41
Starmount 21, Forbush 14
Watauga 57, Avery 36
West Caldwell 19, Enka 12
West Wilkes 18, North Stokes 10
Bishop McGuinness 42, Wheatmore 0