HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Hurricane senior quarterback Austin Hensley torched the Princeton secondary at near will with five touchdown passes to propel the Redskins to a 41-21 win Friday night.
Momentum passed between the two squads with nearly each possession as Princeton held its opportunities, but Hurricane seized the day behind Hensley's outstanding play that amounted in 301 passing yards.
"He forced one, but most of the time he takes what you give him and he made them pay," Redskins Coach Jeremy Taylor said. "He's that good. He really is. He's a helluva quarterback and I'm proud of him, but I'm proud of everyone really. The offensive line blocked great. If we play like that, we're going to be hard to stop."
Momentum traded with nearly each possession as turnovers plagued both teams.
After throwing three first-half touchdowns for a 21-14 lead at the break, Hensley started the second half strong by hitting Brandon Ford for the third of the duo's three touchdown hookups. Ford finished with five catches for 139 yards and three scores.
Hurricane forced a fumble on the ensuing Princeton possession before the Tigers could muster a first down. The Redskins appeared poised to make it a three-score ballgame until Hensley made his lone mistake of the game, throwing an interception that was returned to the Hurricane 38-yard line.
Princeton turned that mistake into seven points when Devin Allen finished a 10-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown rush to make it 28-21. The Tigers surprised the Redskins with an onside kick, which they recovered.
The Tigers looked to move the ball for the game-tying score but the Redskins defense held, forcing a turnover on downs when Princeton's Tahj Sho-Johnson failed to execute first-down yardage on fourth down.
Hensley made the turnover count with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Henry Sorsaia, giving the Redskins a two-score advantage at 35-21.
Princeton threatened once more, driving to the Hurricane 27, but the Redskins held again on fourth down.
Hurricane running back Caperton Humphreys capped a 10-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown. The point-after attempt failed and the Redskins held a 41-21 lead with 1:41 left in the game.