By David Knox
NEW MARKET — It wasn’t a thing of beauty. Too many penalties, missed assignments and did we mention penalties?
But what it was, was a key Class 7A, Region 4 win for the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies on the road Friday night at Buckhorn.
The third-ranked Huskies knocked off the hometown Bucks 34-23 to improve to 5-0 and 3-0 in the region. The Bucks dropped to 2-2, 1-2 in the region.
Hewitt quarterback Connor Adair threw three touchdown passes to lead the Huskies offense, which had some trouble running the ball against the Bucks defense, especially early.
Adair connected with Grayson Cash on a 45-yard score and hit Noah Igbinoghene for a 33-yard strike in the first half as Hewitt built a 21-9 lead. He also hooked up with running back Elliott McElwain for a 25-yard TD with 2:54 left in the third quarter that pushed the score to 34-15.
Cash scored another touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter from the wildcat. In fact, much of the Huskies’ best running came when Cash and Igbinoghene operated from the wildcat.
Defensively, the Huskies generally did a good job keeping Buckhorn running back Dallin Woodley in check. Unofficially, Hewitt held Woodley to 106 yards, well below his lowest output in any game this season. Woodley had topped 200 yards twice and 150 a third time.
The Bucks’ best offense often came on penalties on the Huskies that kept drives alive. It also hampered the Huskies some on offense.
“I thought the defense played well,” Huskies coach Josh Floyd said. “Their running back had over 200 yards last week.They got some plays there at the end, but overall I thought they played well.”
Floyd did say his team needed to clean up the penalties that kept Bucks drives alive and probably cost Hewitt some more points.
The Huskies step out of region play to face Center Point at Hewitt-Trussville Stadium.