The junior varsity football team improved to 4-1 overall with a 26-14 win over Wilkes Central last week.
Ashe scored on the game’s opening drive. Tristan Jones and Skye Sullivan got the ball to midfield with the ground game. Colin Ellis dropped back and launched a 50-yard touchdown to Joseph Lowder. Kendall Richardson’s extra point was good to put Ashe ahead, 7-0.
Wilkes Central answered back with a five-yard touchdown run, aided by Ashe penalties. On that drive, it appeared Ashe forced a turnover when Matt Greer stripped Central’s ball carrier, but the officials ruled that was not the case.
Entering the second quarter with a 7-6 lead, the Huskies added on to its slim advantage. Greer got some yards rushing the ball, then Ellis found Garrett Miller for a 30-yard pass to put Ashe in scoring position. With 9:51 left, Ellis found Sam Henson for a 12-yard touchdown and a 13-6 lead.
The Eagles went ahead in the closing minutes of the first half on a defensive touchdown following an Ashe fumble. Central led 14-13 at the half.
Ashe opened the third quarter with a big defensive play. A bad snap on a punt and a big hit by Greer put the ball inside the Eagles’ one-yard line.
Ellis punched the ball in with a QB sneak. Richardson’s extra point made the score 20-14.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Huskies converted a crucial fourth-down play on a pass from Ellis to Miller that gave Ashe a first-and-goal situation.
Sullivan capped off the drive with a three-yard TD run. Ashe took a 26-14 lead with just over five minutes left.
The Ashe defense played strong the rest of the way, forcing a turnover on downs from the Eagles to clinch the victory.
The Huskies are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.