Ashe got on the board first with 6:39 left in the first quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by Kole Goss. The extra point attempt was no good, but the Huskies still had the early lead at 6-0.
West Wilkes responded with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Seth Absher on the next drive. The point after was good for the Blackhawks, giving them a 7-6 lead.
The Huskies would find the endzone yet again before the first quarter ended. This time, quarterback Sam Gammons tossed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Eli Gambill with 53 seconds left in the quarter. Gammons then threw a strike to Matt Sexton to complete a two-point conversion, pushing the Huskies back out in front 14-7.
Ashe continued clicking on offense in the second quarter. Goss once again broke off a long touchdown run, this time from 58 yards away. Andrew Lopp drilled the extra point kick, and just like that, Ashe had a two score lead at 21-7.
Defensively, the Huskies made a late stand in the first half to preserve the 14-point lead. While the Blackhawks were driving, defensive back Josh Pennington pulled down a key interception with 38 seconds left in the half.
In the third quarter, the Huskies opened the scoring once again with a 41-yard field goal from Lopp. Ashe was now up 24-7 and looked to be well on the way to its first win of the season.
West Wilkes would not go quietly into the night. Woods would run the ball into the endzone from two yard out, cutting the Ashe lead to 24-14.
The Huskies were the better team on this night though as the running game finally kicked into high gear for the first time this season. Gammons took the ball into the endzone with 8:18 left in the game to push the lead to 31-14.
The Blackhawks did get another touchdown late in the game, a 5-yard TD pass from Absher to Woods with 2:29 left in the game, but it would not be nearly enough as the Huskies would run the clock out and grab a big conference victory.
Following the game, head coach Bill Strong was pleased with the play of this team, in particular the offensive line play as well as the play of the running backs.
“We’ve been getting better each week, that’s what we preach each day and each week, and we’ve been doing that,” said Strong.
Coach Strong was also happy about the defensive play, especially in terms of stopping the ground attack that the Blackhawks would throw at them.
Hopefully, this win will build some momentum for the Huskies as they head down the final stretch of regular season games.
This week the Huskies travel to North Wilkes to take on the Vikings. North Wilkes is coming off of a tough blowout loss to the East Wilkes Cardinals.