LENOIR — The West Caldwell Warriors ran for 400 yards on Friday night to hold off the Ashe County Huskies, 54-40.
Both teams combined for almost 900 yards of total offense, but in the end, the Warrior rushing attack was just too much for the Husky defense.
It took West Caldwell just 53 seconds to get on the scoreboard to start the game. Jeremy Boyce, who missed last week’s game for the Warriors, ripped off a 63-yard touchdown run to put West Caldwell up 7-0.
The Huskies answered back with a five-yard touchdown pass from Luke Hudler to Boen Crouse with 8:19 left in the first.
Ashe took its first lead with a 32-yard TD strike from Hudler to Branson Shepherd at the 3:37 mark of the first.
West Caldwell capped off a scoring drive of just over two minutes with a two-yard touchdown run by Taye Dula. The extra point was no good, leaving Ashe ahead 14-13 at the end of one.
The second quarter started with West Caldwell punching the ball into the end zone from one yard out. Boyce powered across the goal line for a 20-14 lead.
The Huskies put together back-to-back scoring drives to take a touchdown lead. Hudler tossed his third touchdown of the night, this one to John Reavis from 15 yards out with 7:55 left in the first half. Next up, Hudler fired a 43-yard TD to Grant Thompson with 4:11 left in the half to take a 27-20 lead.
Less than a minute later, Dula scampered down the field for a 50-yard touchdown to tie things up at 27-27, a score that would remain the same through the halftime break.
The third quarter was all West Caldwell. Boyce added a pair of touchdown runs, a one-yard plunge and an eight-yard run to take a 40-27 lead at the end of three.
Ashe kept hope alive to start the fourth quarter. Alex Lacroix finished off an Ashe County scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown run with 10:52 left to play. West Caldwell still held a 40-34 lead.
The Warrior defense made its most important play of the game with 6:22 left. Dula picked off a pass from Hudler and ran it back for a touchdown to extend the lead to 47-34. West put the game away with who else but Taye Dula. He blasted through the Ashe defense for a 44-yard run with 4:01 left to play for the final Warrior points of the night and a 54-34 lead.
Hudler tossed his fifth touchdown of the game with 1:53 left to play, a 14-yard score to Thompson.
West Caldwell improved to 3-1 on the season while Ashe County is still looking for its first win of of the season, sitting at 0-4.
Hudler finished the game with 337 yards and five touchdowns on 25-39 passing. Thompson caught nine balls for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Corbin Coldiron added nine grabs for 78 yards, Shepherd finished with three catches for 78 yards and Reavis added a pair of catches for 22 yards.
Boyce led West Caldwell with 33 carries for 243 yards. Dula finished with 13 carries for 155 yards.
Ashe County will have a week off before opening conference play at home against Alleghany on Sept. 22.
Week 4 area scores
Alleghany 28, South Stokes 7
West Wilkes 59, Bishop McGuinness 14
Cloudland (TN) 42, Avery County 36
East Surry 54, Surry Central 48
East Wilkes 60, Walkertown 12
Starmount 20, Forbush 0
Hibriten 48, South Caldwell 0
Mount Airy 38, Eden Morehead 14
North Surry 43, Community School of Davidson 7
North Wilkes 62, North Stokes 0
Mountain Heritage 55, Rosman 0
Watauga 50, Wilkes Central 26
Johnson County (TN) 55, Sullivan Central (TN) 19
Grayson County (VA) 43, Rural Retreat (VA) 7
1. Alleghany (4-0)
2. East Wilkes (4-0)
3. North Wilkes (3-0)
4. West Wilkes (3-0)
5. Wilkes Central (2-2)
6. Elkin (1-2)
7. Starmount (1-3)
8. Ashe County (0-4)
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.