Huss rallies past Forestview, may claim a playoff spot
This game was a Wild West-like shootout with both teams scoring a combined 107 points as Huss walked away a 55-52 winner after trailing 42-20 at the beginning of the third quarter.
Huss received the opening kick-off, but fumbled a few plays later as Forestview recovered at the Huskies’ 16-yard line. RB Jarkeevous Alexander ran it in on the next play to give Forestview a 6-0 lead. Hunter Huss would respond after that and would take the lead with a Demarrius Dixon 5-yard run. Forestview would not stay down long. After a touchback put Forestview on their own 20-yard line, Alexander ran the distance for an 80-yard touchdown run. Forestview set up to kick for the PAT, but it was faked as Preston Lyon found Bruce Graham for the two-point conversion. That would be the last time Alexander saw the end-zone as he left the game with a high ankle sprain at the end of the first quarter.
QB Marshall Williams kept the Huskies in the game after a long run down field and a 18-yard touchdown run. The PAT tied the game at 14. In absence of Alexander, Sophomore Keon Williams got Forestview back on top with a 20-14 lead. The PAT was blocked. That was the end of the first quarter.
The Huskies allowed the Jaguars to extend their lead in the second quarter when Seth Hazelton recovered a fumble and took it 44 yards for the touchdown. A Keon Williams run after the touchdown would make the score 28-14. Forestview then recovered an onside kick, but the drive stalled and they had to punt. Marshall Williams would use his arm on the following drive and fire downfield to a wide open Dennis Price to cut the lead to 28-20. The run after the touchdown failed.
Forestview Sophomore Darien Hancock would punch a touchdown of his own in to give the Jaguars a 35-20 lead with a Brant Aldous kick. That was the half-time score. Would these two teams reach the 70s with all the offensive and defensive scoring.
The Jaguars blew the game wide open at the start of the second half with a Keon Williams 62-yard touchdown run. The score was 42-20 at that point. Forestview would try another onside kick, but the Huskies recovered and they would cap the drive off with a one-yard run by Dixon to cut Forestview’s lead to 42-28. The Huskies defense stiffened as they kept Forestview out of the end zone and forced the Jaguars to punt on their next drive. Dixon then got the Huskies to within a touchdown with an 8-yard run, Austin Lutz’s kick made it 42-35.
Forestview would drive deep into the Huskies’ territory only to be held to a Brant Aldous 23-yard field-goal to put the Jaguars up 45-35. Huss went on a furious rally forcing two Forestview fumbles. The first fumble was returned by Ronnie Barnett for a 42-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 45-42. The celebration started on the Huskies’ sidelines. The second fumble resulted in a Marshall Williams 10-yard run and gave the Huskies a 49-45 lead.
Demarrius Dixon put the nail in the coffin with another short touchdown run to make the score 55-45. Did I say put the nail in the coffin? The Jaguars would not quit and Darien Hancock gave Forestview some hope with a 25-yard run to cut Huss’s lead to 55-52. The Jaguars would recover the on-side kick, but it wasn’t to be. The Huskies move to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big South Conference and possibly clinch a playoff berth. The Jaguars may go their second year in a row without a playoff appearance.
“I don’t think either defense showed up tonight.” Comment Huskies Head Coach Steve Gardner “The offenses helped with some turnovers.”
What was said at half-time to hold Forestview to only 10 points in the third quarter? According to Gardner, all that was said was “Keep your head up, keep playing hard and good things will happen.”
“Demarrius Dixon had one of his best games of the year.” said Gardner of Dixon’s four touchdowns and 208-yard performance “Tonight he had a heck of a game.”
Dixon filled in for Senior RB Darius Antrum, who is serving a suspension for disciplinary reasons. Dixon was protected by a line that averaged 287 pounds (two players weighed in at 320, another at 325, another at 290 and one weighed 180).
When asked about the upcoming game with Ashbrook, Gardner said “Us and Ashbrook will be playing for pride and the bell.”
“Huss didn’t quit! They played hard, we (Forestview) played hard.” said Forestview Coach Chris Medlin “Somebody had to lose this game.”
Forestview will try to end their season on a high note this Friday as they travel to East Gaston. Hunter Huss will be home against Ashbrook for the “Battle of the Bell.”