For the second straight season, there is a pretty strong chance that the Huskies will get to face Watauga playing without its top player.
As first reported by the Watauga Democrat, Pioneer star quarterback Aaron Dobbins sustained an ankle injury in what is being called a “non-football” incident. Dobbins is unlikely to play Friday night.
The Pioneers used a strong rushing attack to get by Alexander Central in its first game of the year. Watauga ran for well over 300 yards as a team and got 146 rushing yards from fullback Zach Williams.
For Ashe, it was all about the passing attack in the win over North Surry. Connor Bowers tossed six touchdown passes with three of those going to Maison McNeill, two to Jacob Blevins and another one to Colin Ellis.
Skye Sullivan led the ground attack with 81 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, Ashe struggled with the Greyhounds rushing offense and will have to improve on that going into this week’s game.
The Pioneers will have help in the backfield from T.J. Poulos who carried the ball only nine times but had 85 yards, nearly an average of 10 yards per carry.
Dakota McCray is the leader for the Pioneer defense. The senior linebacker recorded 110 tackles last season.
Defensively for Ashe, Tristen Jones led the way with 15 tackles and a safety. Luis Ramos and Jason Baker will hold down the interior of the defensive line. Linebackers Hunter Barnes and Shawn Baker will also play a key role in stopping the rushing attack that Watauga will use against them.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Boone.
Other area games:
Alleghany at Grayson County (Virginia)
East Surry at Starmount
East Wilkes at Surry Central
Elkin at North Surry
Forbush at North Iredell
Hibriten at Wilkes Central
McDowell at Avery County
North Stokes at Bassett (Virginia)
Reagan at West Stokes
South Caldwell at West Caldwell
South Stokes at North Wilkes
Thomasville at Mount Airy
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