Ground game powers Blackhawks over Huskies
by Nathan Ham
West Wilkes ran for over 250 yards, and held the Husky offense in check through an entire four quarters, beating Ashe 27-0.
On its first drive of the game, the Blackhawks had to settle for a field goal with 7:17 left in the first quarter. Bryson Mosteller booted a 34-yarder for the first points of the night for either team.
After an Ashe punt, West Wilkes was on the move again in the first. Tyler Woods capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Mosteller nailed the extra point, putting the Blackhawks in front 10-0 with 2:08 left in the first quarter.
The only points scored in the entire second quarter came with 1:47 left when Hayden Sutphin brought Eli Gambill down in the endzone for a safety. West Wilkes took a 12-0 lead to the halftime break
The third quarter started with a bang, but unfortunately, it was the Blackhawks who had the huge play that seemed to put the game away. Just three minutes into the third quarter, Will Shepherd broke off a 73-yard touchdown run down the sideline. The two-point conversion attempt was good, making the score 20-0 in favor of the Blackhawks.
West Wilkes scored its final touchdown of the night with 53 seconds left in the third quarter. Sutphin powered into the endzone from three yards out. Mosteller’s extra point was good.
The score remained 27-0 until the final seconds ticked off the clock as neither team moved the ball very much in the fourth quarter.
Ashe was held to just 110 total yards as a team while West Wilkes racked up 292 yards of offense.
Jonathan Cox was one of the few bright spots on offense. The junior had 88 rushing yards on 20 carries. Hunter Barnes gained 41 yards on four carries.
Defensively, Michael Elliott led the way with eight tackles. Justin Scarborough had seven takedowns followed by Cameron Guyton with six tackles, Cullen Ashley with five tackles, Dominic Maxwell with four and Parker Dunne with four. Carson Knight and Mitchell Brown each added three tackles on the defensive line.
For West Wilkes, Shepherd finished with 79 rushing yards and a touchdown. Woods added 66 yards and a touchdown while Sutphin scampered for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Ashe saw its record fall to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. West Wilkes improved to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the MVAC. The Blackhawks have now won three games in a row.
The Huskies will travel to North Wilkes this Friday.
Other area scores:
Alleghany 28, Forbush 7
Davie County 21, Hibriten 7
Hickory 22, Watauga 6
Maiden 31, West Caldwell 0
North Surry 56, North Stokes 6
East Wilkes 36, North Wilkes 27
Starmount 44, Elkin 0
Mount Airy 35, Surry Central 7
Thomas Jefferson Academy 13, Avery 6
West Stokes 12, East Surry 8
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