LAKE WALES, Fla. --- Huntingdon (4-4)
picked up the fourth win of the season, by giving the 17th
ranked Warriors (5-3) its first and only home loss of the season. The
Hawks defense posted five sacks, five pass break ups, two
quarterback hurries, and forced one fumble in the win.
Huntingdon scored 14-points off of
Webber International turnovers, including a forced fumble by D.J.
Chappel and Cornelius Jenkins' blocked punt for a touchdown. Taylor
Hughes made the most of his first collegiate start, by throwing for
two touchdowns and running one for a score.
“I'm proud of the way our guys stayed
focused and played hard to get a win today,” said head coach Mike
Webber International jumped up 7-0 in
the first quarter, with a ten-play 62 yard drive. Taylor Atwood led
the Warriors to the endzone, by diving in from two-yards out after
eight minutes of action.
The Hawks responded on the next drive,
behind the arm of freshman quarterback Taylor Hughes. Hughes capped
off the eight-play 80 yard drive, with a 35-yard touchdown pass to
Cody Pearcy. Corey Robertson converted the extra-point to tie the
game 7-7, with just under five to play in first quarter.
The Warriors started the next drive on
their 11 yard line, after a delay of game penalty. On the next play,
D.J. Chappell ripped through the offensive line to force Warrior's
quarterback Torrance Moise to fumble, while Kirk Johnson recovered
the ball on the 16 yard line for the Hawks.
Huntingdon capitalized off the turnover
two-plays later, when Taylor Hughes ran 6-yards for the score. The
Hawks took the 14-7 lead with the score, and didn't trail again in
Webber International's next drive was
halted on a third-and-long, when D.J. Chappell sacked Moise for a
6-yard loss. The Warriors responded when Deivon Tate intercepted a
Taylor Hughes pass midfield on a third-and-long, early in the second
After the turnover, the Hawks defense
held Webber International to a fourth-and-three on the Huntingdon six
yard line. Mason Prater cut the Hawks lead down to four-points,
14-10, when Prater kicked a 24-yard field-goal, on fourth-and-three.
On the Hawks next possession, Hughes
connected with Brian Watts for 35-yards down to the Warriors 15 yard
line. Huntingdon was unable to convert the third-and-long in Webber
International's red-zone. Corey Robertson's 30-yard field-goal
attempt sailed wide left, with 6:17 left in the first-half.
With three-minutes left in the
first-half, Huntingdon found the endzone twice extending the lead to
28-10 at the half. The first score came when Cornelius Jenkins
blocked Adam Riley's punt and Jenkins returned it 20-yards for the
touchdown. A Warriors personal foul set up the next points, when
Taylor Hughes hit Cody Pearcy for a 30-yard touchdown pass, with
thirty-seconds left in the half.
In the second half, the Hawks and
Warriors exchanged field position until 2:26 on the clock. Huntingdon
scored the only points of the third quarter, when Trevor Manuel took
the hand off 15-yards straight up the middle into the endzone.
Robertson's extra-point added the final points for the Hawks on the
Webber International gained momentum in
the fourth quarter, by scoring 13-points on three straight
possessions. Mason Prater converted a 50-yard field-goal attempt on
fourth-and-seven, with 14:46 in the fourth. After a successful
on-side kick, Webber International's Taylor Atwood scored on a
three-yard run, capping a five-play 56 yard drive.
The Warriors final three-points came
from a Neal Posey interception by Beau Barnes, the 31-yard return
into the Hawks territory was brought back to the Webber International
35 yard line, due to an illegal block. Huntigdon's defense made the
Warriors earn the field-goal, after a 12-play 58 yard drive ending on
fourth-and-goal, when Prater kicked a 24-yard field-goal with five
minutes left in the game.
Huntindon's defense came up big
limiting Webber International to only 23-points on 77-plays compared
to the Hawks 46 total offensive plays. The Hawks offense gained 262
total yards of offense, 118 on the ground.
Despite allowing Webber International
336 total yards, the Hawks defense held the Warriors to 7-of-19 on
third down. The Warriors were forced to kick field-goals on three of
the five scoring drives, including the 50-yard long attempt.
Taylor Hughes completed 8-of-14 passes
for 137 yards, including two touchdown passes from 30 and 35 yards.
Hughes also contributed 47 rushing yards on 5 carries, including one
Trevor Manuel led the Hawks in rushing
with 13 carries for 53 yards and one touchdown. Cody Pearcy caught
both receiving touchdowns and led the team with three receptions for
The Hawks defense held Webber
International's dual-threat quarterback to only 95 total yards of
offense, after negative 27 rushing yards. Taylor Atwood led the
Warriors with 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while backup
quarterback Collin Saring ran for 60 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Huntingdon was led by Kirk
Johnson with 9 total tackles, including 6 solo stops and a recovered
fumble in the game . Keith Anthony finished next posting 7 total
tackles, while breaking up three passes. Jared Sill led the defense
with 1.5 sacks for a loss of 13 yards, while the on a day where the
Hawks sacked the quarterback five times.
The Hawks return to action on Saturday,
Oct. 30, for the final home game of the season against Trinity (3-4).
Saturday marks the 2010 seniors last home game, with kickoff set for