A potential record crowd gathered at Redskin Stadium Friday night for the annual Putnam County battle between Hurricane and Winfield. This year's much hyped contest dubbed the "War on 34" went the same way that it has for 22 of the last 23 times. As the Redskins prevailed 31-15.
As they have a few times in recent years, Winfield gave their fans early hope when Andrew Huff found Nick Vance on a 52 yard TD strike to put the Generals up 7-0. The joy was short lived, very short.
Curon Cordon, Hurricane's dynamic new weapon, took the ensuing kickoff and sprinted untouched for a 79 yard TD. Tim McCutchen's PAT tied the game at 7.
The Redskins new Quarterback junior Nathan Roy had a big first game for Hurricane going 15 for 20 184 yards and 2 tds.
His first TD pass of the night went to Senior Wide Receiver Dakota Williams (7-119-1 td) who had his most productive night of his career.
While Hurricane defense kept Huff and the Generals under wraps for the remainder of the half, the Redskins unleashed yet another new weapon prior to the half, as Tim McCutchen nailed a 41 yard field goal to sent Hurricane into the locker room with a 17-7 lead.
As the 2nd half started Hurricane's offensive line, which played well during the 1st half, began to dominate. Sophomore Christian Hill gained huge chunks of yardage as Hurricane began to pound Winfield. Hill eventually scored from a yard out to put Hurricane ahead 24-7.
The Generals opening up their offense at this point, put together a nice drive of their own, and were on the verge of making the game interesting, when they were faced with a 1st and goal inside the Skins 1 yard line. However the Redskins would not bend as Payton Lunsford forced a Huff fumble, which J.T. Cooper recovered for a touchback.
Just a few plays later, the War was over! Roy hit Cordon with a bubble screen which Winfield defended well. However as Redskins' fans are quickly learning, Cordon is dangerous every time he has the ball in his hands. He reversed direction picked up some blockers and went untouched for the game sealing end zone.
Huff and the Generals scored against Hurricane's JV defense to make the score 34-15 and they recovered the ensuing on-side kick with just under 3 minutes left. Would Winfield put together an amazing comeback??...NOT! Huff lost another fumble, this one recovered by Steven Shine and Hurricane had their 8 consecutive win over Winfield.
NOTES: Hill finished with 24 carries for 140 yards and was selected as the game's MVP...Walker James had a key forced fumble in the 1st half recovered by Charlie Womack.....Huff finished 7-17-124 yards with a touchdown pass and a TD rush. The Redskins took home the War on 34 trophy but apparently J.T. Cooper wanted Andrew Huff's helmet as well.....
Photos courtesy of Jack Rose 2 One-Eyed Jack photography.