WESTON, W.Va. -- Over the first two games of the season, Herbert Hoover tailback Shaun Dotson had been the workhorse for the Huskies offense.
Dotson had rushed for 298 yards, tops in the Cardinal Conference, on a hefty 50 carries, with three touchdowns, and 106 yards receiving with another score.
However, against Lewis County Friday night, Dotson didn't see the field due to an injury, and without its standout halfback, the Hoover offense couldn't find the end zone in dropping a 21-0 decision to the Minutemen.
To make matters worse for Hoover, it was also without second-leading rusher Colton Thomas, also out with an injury. Dotson was forced to sit with a thigh bruise and Thomas tweaked his knee, but Hoover coach Tim Meyer is confident the two should be ready next week when the the Huskies (1-2) travel to winless Tolsia (0-3).
"It's tough to lose those guys,"Meyer said. "I definitely think both will be able to go next week. We were shifting people around. I think Brandon [Scarberry] filled in real well. Brenden Holbrook and Trenton Jordan stepped in there and played hard at fullback. They adjusted well."
Lewis County coach Eddie Vincent was certainly expecting a heavy dose of Dotson and Thomas all week.
"We were ready for the option stuff," Vincent said. "We didn't get a lot of that. That's what we spent all our time on. They came out and did some different things. They had to adapt and adjust. They had a nice plan of trying to run the ball and play keep away."
Scarberry, a freshman, and Jordan, a sophomore, was forced into starting roles at tailback and fullback for the Huskies in the absence of Dotson and Thomas. They combined for 63 yards on 26 carries. Scarberry had 48 yards on 21 attempts. Holbrook, a senior, led the Huskies with 73 yards on 10 carries and quarterback Tyler Americo added 46 yards on 11 totes.