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Huskies face Alleghany in away game

Ashe County’s defense, led by Matthew Hamilton (1), Dustin Guy (bottom), Michael Elliott(21)
and Evan Walker (75) swarm Watauga fullback Zach Williams. The Huskies play at Alleghany in
a Mountain Valley Conference showdown Friday.

Originally published: Sep. 25, 2013
Last modified: Sep. 25, 2013

Jordan Davis

The bye week came at an opportune time for Ashe County, which begins its conference season Friday at Alleghany High School.

“I think it’s always the best time to get a bye week before your conference season,” Huskies coach Brian Hampton said. “Now we’ve had a week to prepare and work on ourselves.”

With the team off to a 1-3 start, the beginning of conference play could be a fresh start to the season.

“Those first four games are important, but they really mean nothing in the whole scheme of things,” Hampton said. “Now we’re playing for a championship, which is what we’ve talked about all year and you can’t win them all if you don’t win the first one.”

The bye week also gave some of the injured players, including starting running back, Jonathon Cox, a chance to heel. Cox saw an increase in his carries two weeks ago against Hibriten.

“I think a lot of it is in his mind,” Hampton said. “That’s not an easy thing to run it up in there knowing that one time I did this, it hurt. That’s the hard part to overcome is the mental part.”

Alleghany (2-2) is also playing its first conference game this week. The Husky defense can prepare for a more traditional offense from Alleghany after facing different forms of the option the past three games.

The Trojans put up 58 points last week against South Stokes. They’ve been putting up points all season with a physical style of football.

“Their offensive line is not huge, but they come off the ball and they strike you,” Hampton said. “That’s Frank Sessoms’ teams. That’s how they’ve always been. I’ve always said that he gets more out of his kids than any coach around.”

The biggest issue for the defense two weeks ago in giving up 39 points to Hibriten was a lack a tackling. The Huskies gave up four runs of at least 50 yards thanks to several broken tackles by Panther ball-handlers.

On offense, The Huskies want to continue to pound the rock and work the play-action passing game off of the run.

The offensive line, much like defensive line, is a physical group, but Hampton feels his team can have success moving the ball.

“We might have a size advantage, but like I said, they get off the ball,” Hampton said. “They like to get up field, so I think we can take advantage of that and hopefully mix it up.”

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

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