After scoring the biggest win of the young season last week over Watauga, the Huskies will get back to business this Friday at home against the R.J. Reynolds Demons.
The Huskies got two TD passes from Connor Bowers and another strong game from a trio of sophomores to score the first road win ever over Watauga. Colin Ellis had a TD reception, as did Skye Sullivan. Tristen Jones once again led the charge on defense, leading the team in tackles.
Reynolds is coming off of a pair of non-conference defeats. In the first week of the season, East Forsyth trounced the Demons, 63-14. Last week, Chase defeated Reynolds by a 31-6 score.
Though the season has not started off like the Demons would have hoped, they still bring back 23 seniors from last year’s team, including the entire starting offensive line.
The Demons will feature a strong rushing attack and have two big targets to pass the ball to. Akia Pruitt stands at 6-5 and on the opposite side Hynief Hall stands at 6-3 and could present matchup problems for the Husky defense if the Demons decide to go to the air.
Reynolds’ coach Scott Saalweachter is in his second year as the squad’s head coach.
This marks the second season that the Huskies have faced R.J. Reynolds. Last year, Ashe was able to secure its first victory of the season, beating the Demons 23-12.
Reynolds struggled from the get-go last year, dropping 10 of its 11 games with its lone win coming against the winless Parkland Mustangs.
The Demons are in one of the toughest 4A conferences in the state that features powerhouse Mount Tabor as well as reigning Central Piedmont Conference champion and state championship semifinalist West Forsyth. The conference also has North Davidson, who finished last year at 12-3, Davie County and Reagan High School.
This game marks the final non-conference home game of the year. Ashe wraps up its non-conference slate next week at Hibriten.
For the Demons, they have two non-conference games left after the matchup with the Huskies. Reynolds travels to Glenn High School and hosts Western Guilford before opening the conference season with Parkland on Oct. 3.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from Ashe County High School.
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