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HUNTINGDON (November 8) — In the first round of Class A TSSAA Playoffs, the Huntingdon Mustangs (10-0) made short work of the Richland Raiders (5-5). Freezing temperatures forced a few …
HUNTINGDON (November 8) — In the first round of Class A TSSAA Playoffs, the Huntingdon Mustangs (10-0) made short work of the Richland Raiders (5-5). Freezing temperatures forced a few adjustments for Huntingdon but their diverse running game came alive taking down Richland 56-0. Opening drives for both teams produced little yardage. On Huntingdon’s second possession, Hunter Ensley scored his first touchdown of the night from 23 yards out. Cole Edwards added the PAT as the Mustangs took a 7-0 lead with 4:15 to play in the first quarter. As the first quarter neared completion, Huntingdon was on the move near mid-field. Five plays focusing around Ensley and Brandon Lawton added a touchdown. With 54 seconds on the clock, Ensley was in for six, and Edwards’ PAT increased the lead 14-0.
Richland opened the second quarter with a new swagger. Starting from the Raider 21-yard line, Richland caught Huntingdon sleeping with a fake punt. The Raiders moved across mid-field; the drive ended as Ensley score his third touchdown with a pick six touchdown. With 6:49 to play in the opening half, Edwards added the extra point putting Huntingdon up 21-0.
After a turn-over-on-downs, the Mustangs took possession of the pigskin at the Raider 46-yard line. Ensley called his own number for touchdown number four from 36 yards out. The extra point was good as Huntingdon led 28-0.
With 1:18 left to play in the first half, Huntingdon took over on downs. Ensley picked up his fifth touchdown of the night with a 21-yard pass to Noah Belew. Edwards split the uprights with Mustangs leading by 35 points.
Richland turned the ball over on a fumble recovered by Aden Hutcherson. On first-and-goal from three yards out, Konnor Pearson crossed the goal line. Edwards was good with his sixth consecutive extra-point. The Mustangs closed the half with a 42-0 lead over Richland.
The Mustangs picked up their seventh touchdown as Lawton went into the end zone from 85 yards out to open the second half. The PAT put Huntingdon up 49-0.
Ethan Reliford ended Richland’s next drive with an interception. After a series of substitutions, Hutcherson picked up the final touchdown of the night. The final score 56-0, Huntingdon over Richland. The second round of the playoffs will find the Mustangs playing host to playoff foe the Cornersville Bulldogs (7-4). For two consecutive years, the Bulldogs put an end to Huntingdon’s champion dreams. Game time is 7 p.m. at Paul Ward Stadium.