LENOIR — The Ashe County Huskies will try and pick up their first victory of the season this Friday when the team makes the trip to West Caldwell for the final non-conference game of the season.
Ashe (0-3) is coming off of a 42-0 defeat last Friday at the hands of West Caldwell’s biggest rival, Hibriten.
The Warriors (2-1) earned a 28-21 victory over West Iredell in a game that was played on Thursday due to the storms that rolled through the state.
For the Huskies, the offense just could not get anything going against a fast and athletic Hibriten defense, leading to the team being shut out for the first time since 2012.
West Caldwell’s entire offensive attack was led by senior tailback Taye Dula. The 5-11, 180-pounder ran for 246 yards and two touchdowns. West Caldwell had 281 yards of total offense.
Defensively, the Warriors struggled with Hibriten, as everyone has so far this year. Other than that, West Caldwell gave up 21 points last week and held East Burke scoreless in the first week of the regular season.
West Caldwell’s second leading rusher, Jeremy Boyce, missed last week’s game, but is expected to return for this week’s contest. Boyce ran for 197 yards against East Burke and 75 yards against Hibriten.
The Warriors are coached by first year man DeVore Holman. Holman replaced Chip English who moved to Alabama to take the head coaching position at Grissom High School. English took over a West Caldwell program that won two games in three years and in his third season, saw the Warriors finish with a 10-3 overall record and a playoff victory last year.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from Thuss Stadium.
Series history (West Caldwell leads 5-4)
2015: West Caldwell 26, Ashe 24
2012: Ashe 20, West Caldwell 14
2011: Ashe 41, West Caldwell 6
2008: Ashe 34, West Caldwell 7
2007: Ashe 41, West Caldwell 7
2004: West Caldwell 12, Ashe 7
2003: West Caldwell 10, Ashe 7
2002: West Caldwell 48, Ashe 0
2001: West Caldwell 54, Ashe 6
Week 5 area games
North Lincoln at Alexander Central
South Stokes at Alleghany
West Wilkes at Bishop McGuinness
Avery County at Cloudland (TN)
Surry Central at East Surry
Walkertown at East Wilkes
Starmount at Forbush
South Caldwell at Hibriten
West Stokes at McMichael
Eden Morehead at Mount Airy
Community School of Davidson at North Surry
North Stokes at North Wilkes
Mountain Heritage at Rosman
Wilkes Central at Watauga
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.