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Prep football: Hurricane shows guts, takes glory

By Nick Brockman


HURRICANE, W.Va. - Facing a no guts no glory, no points, no win situation, Hurricane delivered on its final drive to defeat Capital.

Down three points, the Redskins manufactured an 80-yard drive capped by quarterback Austin Hensley's 1-yard touchdown rush with 9 seconds remaining in the game to defeat Capital 23-20 on Friday night.

"I believe we showed some pride and some heart, and we stepped up right there on the last drive," Hensley said.

Hurricane inherited the ball with 5:13 left in the contest, trailing 20-17. With 80 yards to drive, everything the Redskins earned was hard-fought.

Perhaps the biggest play of the drive was one of the earliest snaps. On fourth and 6 from its own 24, Hurricane Coach Jeremy Taylor elected to go for it rather than punt with more than four minutes remaining.

"The fourth down, the way I looked at it was there was four and a half minutes to go in the game and a smart man would have punted," Taylor said, "but no one's ever accused me of being smart - and I thought their defense has held, held and held, but I thought they were going to break."

Hensley converted the fourth down on a 17-yard pass play to junior wide receiver Koi Turner to extend the drive. From that point, the Redskins (3-2) continued to push toward the end zone and run the clock moving toward victory.

Hurricane faced first and goal from the 1-yard line with 24 seconds left. Hensley attempted the quarterback sneak behind the line, but failed. On second down, Hensley succeeded.

"Coach told us, he said 'If you don't get it the first time, do it again,' so we got a good offensive push and they were stacking the box on us - it paid off," Hensley said.

Though Hensley capped the drive and made key plays throughout the final possession, the junior signal caller said he gave credit to the entire team for contributing.

"That was a team drive," he said. "We showed heart. Heart, that's all it is."

Junior running back Zach Pate echoed Hensley's words, summing up the final drive.

"Guts, poise, pride, just character, attitude, all coming down to the last minute, how much do you want it? ," Pate said. "The heart, that's all."

It was a difficult loss to bear for Capital as the Cougars (3-2) dropped their second game in as many weeks.

Hurricane led 10-0 at halftime thanks to a 5-yard touchdown run by Steven Handley and a 41-yard field goal from Michael Molina. Capital showed a short memory after the break, though, scoring 13 straight points to start the second half.    

Kashaun Haley scored on a 6-yard run and the Cougar defense provided a score on Tyrell Davis' 57-yard interception return to take a 13-10 advantage.

Hurricane regained the lead in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Turner.

It took just two plays for Capital to respond with a 50-yard rush by James Richmond followed by a 14-yard touchdown run by Haley.

While Capital played with purpose in the second half, Cougars Coach Jon Carpenter said the team lacked enthusiasm in the first half.

"We're young and we got to go through these young-guy mistakes," he said. "A lot of that you put it on the head coach, but they'll come back and they'll go back to work, and we'll get it fixed."

As Capital looks to mend its losing streak, Hensley said Hurricane will aim to build upon its victory.

"Hopefully, it'll give us some momentum into our next big games the rest of the year, so hopefully we keep it rolling," he said.

In addition to passing for 212 yards, Hensley led Hurricane with 48 rushing yards. Capital quarterback Tyhree Pratt also led the team in both passing (53 yards) and rushing with 63 yards.

Turner led all receivers with eight catches for 102 yards.

Capital next plays host to Riverside 7:30 p.m. Friday, while Hurricane plays host to Ripley 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Hurricane 23, Capital 20

Capital Hurricane

First downs                 7          24

Total yards                  181      311

Rushes-yards               24-128 42-99

Passing                        53        212

Comp-Att-Int              4-10-1  26-38-2

Fumbles-lost                0-0       0-0

Punts-Avg                   4-32.5  2-37.5

Penalties-yards            9-60     4-30

Capital             0          0          13        7          --          20

Hurricane        7          3          0          13        --          23

First quarter

Hurricane - Steven Handley 5 run (Michael Molina kick), 7:03

Second quarter

Hurricane - Molina 41 field goal, 8:38

Third quarter

Capital - Kashaun Haley 6 run (kick failed), 8:18

Capital - Tyrell Davis 57 interception return (Michael Shaffer kick), 1:50

Fourth quarter

Hurricane - Koi Turner 24 reception from Austin Hensley (Molina kick), 10:37

Capital - Haley 14 run (Shaffer kick), 9:56

Hurricane - Hensley 1 run (kick failed), :09

Individual statistics

Rushing: Capital - Haley 12-63-2, James Richmond 3-37, Pratt 7-22, Rashad Cunningham 2-6; Hurricane - Hensley 22-48-1, Zach Pate 12-36, Handley 6-12-1, Jesse Barker 1-3.

Passing: Capital - Pratt 4-10-1-53; Hurricane - Hensley 26-38-2-212

Receiving: Capital - Davis 1-27, Khalil Bush 1-19, Haley 1-5, Cunningham 1-2; Hurricane - Turner 8-102-1, Handley 6-39, Pate 7-21, Molina 2-19.



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