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WAYNESBORO (October 5) — The Huntingdon Mustangs continued their hot streak Friday night racking up 46 points against the 22 points of Region-6A opponent Wayne County. Coming into the match-up, …
WAYNESBORO (October 5) — The Huntingdon Mustangs continued their hot streak Friday night racking up 46 points against the 22 points of Region-6A opponent Wayne County. Coming into the match-up, both teams were undefeated in the region. The offense of Wayne County’s Wildcats attempted to keep Huntingdon’s offense off the field as much as possible, but the quick scoring ability of the Mustangs proved almost undefendable.
Winning the coin toss, Huntingdon deferred until the second half. Playing keep away, the Wildcats ran 15 plays and ate nearly eight minutes off the clock in their opening series. Starting from their own 26-yard line, Wayne County produced the first touchdown of the night but failed to complete the two-point conversion.
Down 6-0 with 8:04 to play in the first quarter, Huntingdon returned the responding kickoff back for touchdown. Daquan Robinson ripped down the field 85 yards for the score. Cole Edwards tacked on the extra-point as the Mustangs assumed the lead 7-6 with 3:49 on the clock.
The Wildcats regained the lead closing out the first quarter. Moving the ball 80 yards down the field, Wayne County’s Owen Risner hit an open Jojo Swinea in the end-zone for six points. They teamed up for a successful two-point conversion taking a 14-7 lead.
Within two plays of starting second quarter Huntingdon’s Hunter Ensley popped off a 49-yard touchdown. Edwards tied things up 14-14 with the PAT.
Wayne County took back the lead in one big pass from Risner for a 75-yard touchdown. Risner’s passed to Travis Paterson for a successful two-point conversion. Wildcats were on top 22-14 with 10:30 to play in the first half.
On the verge of scoring their third consecutive touchdown, Huntingdon’s Robinson fumbled the football and Wayne County recovered the ball in the end-zone resulting in a touchback.
Looking to increase their lead, the Wildcats attempted to work the ball down field picking up first-downs. Looking at fourth-and-seven from the Huntingdon 29-yard line, the Wildcats elected to attempt a pass to gain a fresh set of down. Risner’s pass was intercepted by Brandon Lawton, who would have returned the ball to the Wildcat 27-yard line, but a block in the back call moved the ball back to mid-field. Unable to capitalize on the turnover, the Mustangs were forced to punt.
Wayne County turned the ball over on downs on the next possession. Starting from the Wildcat 32-yard line, Huntingdon picked up a quick first down. Austin Baker broke free on the next play catching a 65-yard touchdown pass from Ensley. The two-point conversion for the Mustangs was no good as they trailed the Wildcats 22-20 at the half.
Opening the second half on offense, Huntingdon took the 26-22 at the 9:50 mark following a short touchdown run by Ensley. Dallas Willis picked up two points on the conversion.
Two minutes later Ensley was back across the goal line with his fourth TD of the night. Edwards split the uprights for the PAT as Huntingdon increased its lead 33-22 with 7:18 to play in the third quarter.
Wayne County’s offense became increasingly stagnant as the Mustangs’ offense turned up the steam. Ensley scored again for Huntingdon at the 3:01 mark of the third quarter as Huntingdon went up 39-22 following the failed PAT.
With a little over six minutes to play in game, Konnor Pearson’s number was called as he found pay dirt on first-and-goal from the Wildcat 5-yard line. Edwards’ PAT was good as the Huntingdon capped off the night with the 46-22 victory.
Huntingdon remains undefeated at 8-0 and 4-0 in Region-6A. Coming into the Friday night match-up, the Associated Press had the Mustangs ranked fourth in the state in class 1A. Ranking first was Greenback (7-0), second was South Pittsburg (6-0) and third was Cornersville (7-0).
Huntingdon’s next game is Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. against the Perry County Vikings at Paul Ward Stadium.