The Huskies added their second tally in their win column this past Friday when Ashe County High School hosted the North Wilkes Vikings for the Huskies’ 2009 Homecoming Game. The Huskies took advantage of a 20-point first quarter as they charged to a 53-0 final victory over the North Wilkes Vikings. Ashe boasted six different players scoring touchdowns with Greyson Wells leading the charge with three touchdowns, two receiving and one interception, which was returned all the way for a touchdown. Wells also added an extra-point kick on the Huskies final touchdown of the game, scoring the first and last points of the game.
The Huskies romped the Vikings in numerous statistical categories including a 268-38 total offense yards advantage, despite possessing the ball for a whole minute less than the Vikings.
The scoring opened up for Ashe with 6:22 remaining in the first period when Dalton Lewis connected with Wells for a 21-yard touchdown pass, which opened up the Huskies’ offense. Three minutes later, Aaron Scott busted through the Vikings’ defense for a 77-yard touchdown run, and in the final minute of the quarter, Sam Gammons connected with Wells for Wells’ second touchdown reception of the game, and giving Ashe a 20-0 lead.
The Huskies maintained their momentum in the second period when Ashe added another 19 points to their total. Jeren Holman opened up the second period scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run with 9:34 remaining in the first half, giving the Huskies a 26-0 advantage. On the Vikings next possession, Ashe’s defense did the scoring with Wells intercepting a pass and returning it 29 yards for his third touchdown of the first half.
Ashe struck for the sixth time of the game with 45 seconds left showing on the clock when sophomore quarterback Gammons recorded his second touchdown of the contest, this time coming on a nine-yard carry, and the extra-point gave the Huskies a 33-0 lead at halftime.
During halftime, the Homecoming Festivities took center stage as the 2009 Homecoming Court was presented and the 2009 Homecoming Queen was announced.
Each class has two representatives on the Homecoming Court except the Senior Class who has three members. Representing the class of 2010 was the senior representatives Miss Brittany Morgan Lyalls, Miss Courtney Shea Miller, and Miss Jessica Paige Walker. Other class representatives were junior class: Alison Grace Hershner and Autumn Snow Huffman; sophomore class: MacKinsey Diane Johnson, Emily Caroline Phillips; and freshman class: Aspen Nicole Domske and Sarah Austin Gentry.
After each representative was introduced to the crowd, Miss Carmen Elizabeth Wagner, Ashe County High School’s 2008 Homecoming Queen had the privilege of crowning Miss Brittany Morgan Lyalls as the 2009 Ashe County High School Homecoming Queen.
Following the crowning ceremony, the halftime intermission came to a close, and the game resumed play with the start of the third quarter.
In unusual fashion, with both teams’ head coaches in agreement, the second half featured a running clock to expedite the game and lower the chances of injuries to the player due to the one-sided score. Ashe was able to score on two drives during the running clock second half with the first one coming just a minute into the third period when Scott recording his second rushing touchdown of the night with a 45-yard run.
Fred Blanks scored the final touchdown seven minutes later off of a five-yard rush, and then the extra-point by Wells capped off the scoring with a 53-0 final score.
Ashe looks to take the momentum created off Friday’s mammoth victory over North Wilkes into next weeks MVAC match up with Alleghany.
Alleghany (2-2 MVAC 4-3 season) is hosting the match up with Ashe, which may pose a difficulty for Ashe as the Trojans are 3-0 on their home field and the Huskies are also 0-3 on the road.
Alleghany posted a narrow 13-6 victory over North Wilkes in Alleghany for their conference opener, but the Trojans have appeared to be getting stronger and stronger as each week passes.
The Huskies now stand at 1-3 in the MVAC and 2-5 on the season. Of the Huskies three MVAC losses, they all three have came with a combined differential of 13 points.
Friday’s contest for the Huskies is a crucial game for Ashe as a victory could potentially bump the Huskies up from seventh place to fourth place depending on the other MVAC games.
Kickoff time is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Alleghany High School in Sparta, NC.