After playing stiff competition against teams like Burns and Rocky River, the Huskies had to withstand one more daunting test before conference play starts. That challenge was stopping the Vance rushing attack led by Kyderian Green. He had 197 yards rushing and three touchdowns. But make no mistake, Huss put up a fight.
It did not start really well for Hunter Huss as Kerrion Moore was tackled in the end-zone on the opening kickoff for a safety. The Cougars built on that lead with an eight-yard touchdown run by Green. Then Vance took to the air when quarterback Laquell Thames hit Christian Hatcher for a 55-yard touchdown pass. Just like that it was 15-0.
The Huskies would come to life later in the half when quarterback Andrew Jordan hit Kerrion Moore for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Seth Jones extra point made it 15-7. That would be the score half-time. The Cougars would pick up right where they left off in the second half. Green scored his second touchdown of the night on the first drive of the second half, this time from four yards out. Jake Spiedal’s extra point made it 22-7.
The Huskies would chip away at that lead once again on another Jordan-to-Moore touchdown pass. The lead was back down to eight (22-14). Vance held Moore’s ground game in check but he amounted 177 yards receiving and two touchdowns. But that would not be enough.
Thames’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Trey Foggie and another eight yard touchdown run by Kyderian Green put the game away as Vance leaves Gastonia with a 36-14 win.
Devin Allison and Delmonte McClure combined for three sacks for the Huskies. Dion Eaddy and Raheem Adams each had an interception. The Huskies also recovered a Vance fumble. Vance also had two interceptions and a sack against Hunter Huss.
Along with Green’s 197 yard rushing performance, Thames threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
“We came out and did a good job running the football. Our offensive line did a great job.” Vance head coach Keith Wilkes said. He was, however, displeased with the three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) that kept Huss in the game in the first half.
“We got a young team. We hung tough out there. The kids came a long way. Our tenth graders are really stepping up and playing tough football.”
“For the most part, we fought hard.” Huss head coach Steve Gardner said “You can’t have dropped balls and leave your defense out there.”
“We got stuff we got to do well. Stop the mistakes on offense and stop the run on defense.”
Though the Huskies had a challenging nonconference schedule, Gardner said his team still expected wins. They will begin conference play next week as they travel to Dallas to face North Gaston. Vance will also open up conference play on the road as they travel to Jay M. Robinson in Concord.