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THE STRUGGLES of Hurricane quarterback Austin Hensley against playoff competition continued Friday, when the Redskins (0-1) lost 23-8 to visiting Huntington (1-0).
The Highlanders, who were ranked fifth in the Daily Mail Class AAA Preseason Poll and earned the No. 4 playoff seed in 2012, held Hensley to a 9-of-25 passing performance with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He threw for 122 yards, 62 of which came on a fourth quarter catch-and-run by junior receiver Brandon Ford.
A year ago, Hensley had 13 touchdowns and two interceptions against non-playoff teams. In the six games the Redskins played ranked/playoff opponents that ratio slipped to eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
"I challenged myself this week. I love playing against great quarterbacks," Huntington coach Billy Seals said. "We played against a kid (when I was) in Tennessee that was the starter at Wisconsin last year and we kicked his tail, too, a little bit.
"We just did a great job (tonight) of doing what we do: getting pressure on the quarterback," he said. "They threw us a pick on a zone blitz to Clark Wilson that have been working on that we thought might confuse him. But you know what, Austin Hensley's a great quarterback. I think we had a lot to do with him having an off night, but he's going to throw for a lot of yards this year."
Hensley threw for 2,200 yards as a junior. The Redskins play host to Nitro (1-0) on Friday night.
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MARTINSBURG, WAYNE and Wahama held on to the No. 1 spots of the Daily Mail Poll in their respective classes after each enjoyed Week 1 wins.
The Bulldogs held on to beat visiting H.D. Woodson (D.C.) 20-14, while Martinsburg projected starting quarterback Malique Watkins did not play in the game. Wayne fought off pesky rival Tolsia in a 28-0 win that was the Pioneers' fourth consecutive shutout dating to the 2012 Class AA playoff quarterfinals.
Wahama ran past outmanned Fayetteville 60-26.
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ROBERT C. BYRD fell to Big 10 Conference rival Fairmont Senior 28-7 on Friday night, but the Class AA No. 8 Eagles (0-1) sustained perhaps a more crucial loss to their playoff hopes during the game.
Junior running back/utility player Ben D'Annunzio was lost late in the game with a broken collarbone. A Class AA All-State selection as a sophomore, D'Annunzio led all Class AA underclassmen with 1,450 yards.
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