Well Friday night was interesting, too interesting.
Hurricane overcame a lackluster start and finally pulled away from the pesky Flying Eagles.
After the emotions of the opener vs rival Winfield, the hard fought victory against a Paintsville team that had not lost at home since 2009, and a tough loss against perhaps our new biggest rival, Cabell Midland, was there any wonder that the Redskins were not "up" for their 2 hour journey to Beckley to play a team they beat by 42 points a year ago?
The game started well as the Skins scored first, for the first time all season, as Nathan Roy found Dakota Williams for a 36 yard touchdown.
However a troubling trend began when Woodrow Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff deep into Redskin territory to set up a field goal. After a poor snap was recovered by Beckley on the Redskins' next drive, Woodrow took advantage of the short field and suddenly had a 11-7 lead after a successful 2 pt conversation.
Hurricane responded quickly when Roy found Bo Adkins on a slant that Bo turned into a 75 yard touchdown by outrunning the Woodrow defense. Bo may have still been celebrating his first ever touchdown, when Cam Paterson ran on the field to replace him on the ensuing kickoff.
The game continued to see-saw from there. The Flying Eagles continued to shock the Redskins as they scored quickly on a 58 yard TD run to make the score 18-14 Beckley.
Before the Redskin fans could sigh, Hurricane scored on a 88 yard Kickoff return by Dakota Williams to put the Skins back in from 21-18. But Woodrow Wilson came right back with their 2nd FG of the half to knot the score at 21.
Once again the Redskins had a quick answer as Roy threw his 3rd TD of the half, this time 45 yards to Curon Cordon.
After a Mason Giacomo interception and a Christian Hill (201 Yards rushing) TD run, Hurricane seemed to have the game in hand with a 35-21 lead with just seconds left to halftime.
However the insanity of this game once again reared its head, Woodrow returned the squibed kick for a TD and slimmed the Redskins lead to 35-28.
Unfortunately special teams woes continued for Hurricane, as Beckley recovered the ensuing on-side kick, and the Redskin lost a fumble on the 2nd half kickoff.
However 2 important aspects of the Redskins early season success showed well in the 2nd half. Defense and the running of Christian Hill (111-639 on the season) restored order and allowed Hurricane to get on I-77 North with a 42-28 victory.
Payton Lunsford led the defense with a career high16 tackles.
J.T. Cooper, Walker James, and Charlie Womack each had 12 tackles. Cooper lead the team with 3 tackles for loss, and put the stamp on the 2nd half defensive shutout with a strip sack and fumble recover, effectively ending Woodrow's hope of a comeback.
Cameron Kimble put the final nail in the coffin with a late interception.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Nathan Roy had 3 more TD Passes and has 9 on the season without throwing a interception.
Christina Hill continued to be a workhorse carry 27 times for 201 yards.
Too many penalties. Especially on the defense where at least 6 penalties were called on the Redskins, including 4 encroachment infractions, a face-mask, and an unsportsmanlike.
Special teams especially kickoff coverage need to improve.
Turnovers were a problem with 4 lost fumbles.