It has been a historically great season for the Hunter Huss Huskies program. It hasn’t been so great for the Ashbrook Green Wave. They have lost five out of their last seven games. They broke their skid last week with a 28-21 win at North Gaston. But they would have no such luck as the Huskies would pitch a 46-0 shutout at William Eccles Field.
The first half would be a sloppy game with turnovers and penalties. An Ashbrook fumble late in the first quarter would set the Huskies up in great field position. Husky quarterback Zo Wallace would connect with Tony Davis for a 21-yard touchdown pass on fourth down (PAT good). That was their second fourth down conversion on that drive. In the second half on a 3rd-and-16 play, Wallace connected with Jaheim Mullen for a 54-yard touchdown pass (PAT good).
Later in the second quarter, a strange play occurred. Zo Wallace threw a pass that looked incomplete, but officials ruled that it was a backwards pass and a live ball. Damarius Davis picked up the loose ball near the 45 yard line and run with it. He would fumble near the two-yard line but Dontavius Nash would recover it and take it in for a touchdown (PAT good).
The second half was more of the same. Jamal Littlejohn extended the Huskies lead with a 70-yard touchdown run (PAT good). Littlejohn scored again early in the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown pass from Wallace (PAT no good). Malik Corry’s four-yard touchdown run (PAT no good) and Dondra Burris’s here-yard run (PAT no good) would put the finishing touches on the Huskies’ big win.
The win puts the Huskies at 11-0 and gives them their second outright conference title in three years. They also retain the victory bell for another year. But this game came at a cost. Huskies middle linebacker Prince Bemah had to leave the game with an undisclosed injury in the second half. The extent of the injury is unknown.
“Big win tonight. The field conditions were a little bad. We played the best of our abilities with this field being as soggy, muddy and slippery as it was. So I’m proud of our guys.” said Hunter Huss head coach Jamar McCoy “Too many penalties. We got to correct those. Our defense is fired up every Friday night and ready to go. The way they fly around in practice every week, you can tell they’re a special bunch. Defensive coordinator Tony Mauney called a great game tonight. He’s been on the mark all year with his play-calling. Hats off to him and our defensive staff. On the season, I believe we have five or six shutouts this year.”
“That’s what we teach our kids, play till the whistle blows and Damarius made a big play.” McCoy said about the backwards pass play in the first half that Huss turned into a touchdown “I’m not sure what the refs saw but he didn’t blow the whistle so the ball was still in play. Sometimes calls go your way. Sometimes they don’t.”
“We turned the ball over too many times. We didn’t execute on offense. We couldn’t move the ball. Our defense got put in the hole early. We gave them too many chances. You can’t do that against a good football team.” said Ashbrook head coach Brian Andrews “They got a good football team. We’re working to get better. We’re trying to get everybody as healthy as we can. We got a bye week coming up. We don’t know if we’re in the playoffs or not. Got to wait and see.”
Hunter Huss’s shutouts this year include a season opening 49-0 win over Patton, 45-0 win over North Gaston, 41-0 win at Burns, 14-0 win against Crest and the 46-0 win at Ashbrook last night. The NCHSAA playoffs start in two weeks. Hunter Huss will be the top seed in the Big South. Ashbrook waits to see if they will make it.