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Ashe throttles Forbush on senior night

Originally published: Oct. 20, 2012
Last modified: Oct. 20, 2012

Jesse Campbell

Ashe County worked out its offensive kinks, rallied from an early deficit and throttled the

Forbush Falcons on senior night 33-10 in West Jefferson.

 

In game in which Ashe (4-6, 3-4) would see its lead mushroom to 30 points, which came after a furry of points in the closing minutes of the first half, the Huskies would struggle to contain the Falcons early.

 

On its first possession of the game, Forbush drove deep into Huskies' territory after a 37-yard carry by Jordan Sawyers. The drive, however, would stall and the Falcons had to settle for a 30-yard field goal and an early lead.

 

Ashe responded on the ensuing kickoff when Michael Elliott returned the kick to Falcons' 31-yard line. Jonathan Cox then carried the football four straight times to put Ashe inside the Falcons' 10.

 

The Falcons defense dug its heels into the turf and forced the Huskies to go for goal on fourth down, but quarterback Connor Bowers was brought down when he tried to step up in the pocket to make a pass.

 

Looking to build on the early momentum, Ashe scored on its next possession when Cox thrashed the Falcons' defensive front on his way to a 34-yard touchdown.

 

After holding the Falcons' sputtering offense, junior Alex Laws capped off a quick drive with a 39-yard juggling touchdown pass.

 

On the kickoff, Anthony Frederico squib kicked the football down the near sideline and with an unsure Falcons' return team clumsily flocking to the ball the Huskies were able to recover.

 

The unintended onside kick led to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Bowers to Cox two plays later. Ashe led at intermission 20-3.

 

Ashe County continued its dominance in the third when Cox broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run.

Cox later followed the tough act to beat with a blistering 79-yard scoring run to extend the lead 33-3.

 

Ashe recovered two fumbles in the latter portions of the game to seal the victory.

 

With a birth in the state playoffs on the line, Ashe will close out the regular season on the road at East Wilkes High.

 
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