WEST JEFFERSON — The non-conference gauntlet of power running teams came an end for the Ashe County Huskies on Friday night. Alexander Central ran for a whopping 801 yards and 11 touchdowns on the way to an 82-42 victory over Ashe County on Friday night.
Junior tailback Bryson Godfrey lived up to the pregame hype, running for 364 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, an average of almost 23 yards per carry.
Not to be outdone, junior Devon Weiss ran for 197 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.
The Cougars had one more rusher cross the 100-yard mark with senior Tejuen Calhoun running for 150 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Starting quarterback Gunnar Anderson added 46 rushing yards and three touchdowns to go along with 126 passing yards and a touchdown.
Jacob Parson caught two passes for 113 yards that included an 81-yard touchdown reception.
Calhoun started the scoring with a three-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the first quarter.
Godfrey ripped off his first touchdown run, a 78-yard scamper to put the Cougars up 14-0 with 7:57 left in the opening frame.
Ashe answered back with a touchdown pass from Colin Ellis to Dante Shuler at the 5:39 mark of the first quarter to make the score 14-7.
Alexander Central added one more touchdown in the first quarter. Anderson cut through the Husky defense for an 18-yard run and a 21-7 lead.
The Huskies were matching down the field again on its next possession, but an errant throw was picked off by Parson with 3:27 left in the first.
The Cougars struck first in the second quarter to take a 28-7 lead. Weiss powered up the middle for a 26-yard TD run with 8:34 left in the half.
It took the Huskies just 45 seconds to find the end zone. Ellis tossed a perfect strike to Grant Thompson for a 55-yard touchdown. Alexander Central still held a 28-13 lead.
With just over six minutes left in the half, the Cougars capped off a scoring drive with a five-yard plunge from Weiss to move ahead, 35-13.
After a Husky punt, the Cougars started to pull away with a big 81-yard touchdown pass from Anderson to Parson.
Ashe was able to add on a late touchdown with 49 seconds left in the second quarter. Ellis found Price on a seven-yard touchdown throw to send the game to halftime with a 42-20 score.
Alexander started the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns in the first six minutes. Anderson snuck into the end zone from one yard out at the 8:34 mark of the third. Godfrey ripped off his second TD run, this one from 48 yards out with 6:31 left in the third to put the Cougars up comfortably, 55-20.
The Huskies got on the board again through the air. Ellis tossed a 56-yard strike to Price with just over five minutes left in the third.
Two minutes later, Anderson scored for the third time on a 17-yard run to take a 61-26 lead.
The final score of the third came off the arm of Ellis once again. Thompson caught his second score of the night from 36 yards out. The Cougars held a 61-34 lead going to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, Godfrey had one more big play in him. This time the junior speedster left everyone behind for a 90-yard touchdown run just 32 seconds into the final quarter.
Ashe’s final touchdown came at the 10:30 mark with Ellis throwing his sixth touchdown pass. Price reeled in a throw from 37 yards out, his third TD reception of the night.
Weiss finished off the Cougars’ dominating ground performance with a five-yard touchdown run with 7:18 left in the fourth and a 38-yard score with 4:18 left to play.
Ashe fell to 1-3 on the season while the Cougars improved to 4-0.
The Huskies will open up the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference season on Friday at home against Alleghany. Alexander Central will start conference play at South Iredell.
– The Huskies wore an “MP” sticker on their helmet to honor the passing of former student Meagan Price, who lost her battle to cancer earlier in the week.
– 82 points is the most points ever given up by Ashe County.
– Alexander Central has scored 257 points in their four games this season.
– The combined record of the Huskies’ non-conference opponents are 12-5, including two 4-0 teams (Hibriten, Alexander Central).
West Stokes 28, Walkertown 0
East Wilkes 45, Forbush 7
South Stokes 50, Bishop McGuinness 26
Mount Airy 42, Surry Central 7
West Wilkes 7, North Iredell 6
Avery County 28, North Wilkes 18
Patrick County (VA) 39, North Stokes 7
Maiden 67, South Caldwell 28
Thomasville 34, Starmount 14
Mountain Heritage 62, West Henderson 48
North Surry 33, Atkins 0
Carver 27, Statesville 7
1. Alleghany: 4-0
2. West Wilkes: 3-1
3. East Wilkes: 3-1
4. North Wilkes: 2-2
5. Wilkes Central: 2-2
6. Ashe County: 1-3
7. Starmount: 0-4
8. Elkin: 0-4
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.