HAYS — The Ashe County Huskies will look to get back to its winning ways on Friday night with the final conference road game of the season at North Wilkes.
Ashe (4-4, 3-1 MVAC) suffered a disappointing 31-28 defeat on the road to East Wilkes last week. The Huskies let a late lead slip away on a touchdown pass with just over two minutes left to suffer the team’s first conference loss of the season.
For North Wilkes (1-7, 0-4 MVAC) it has been a tough season from the outset. The Vikings got its lone win in the second week of the season at South Stokes, a 33-21 win.
After that, it has been a mixture of blowout losses and heartbreaking defeats. North Wilkes lost to Forbush by a single point and to Alleghany by five points. Avery County easily beat North, 31-14 and most recently, Starmount blasted the Vikings, 54-13. The Rams scored 40 second-half points to turn a close game into a blowout.
North Wilkes is led by senior quarterback Dylan Bauguess. Bauguess passed for a score and ran for one more, accounting for both of the scores against Starmount last week.
At the skill positions, wideout Daniel Pruitt and starting running back Jarrett Grimes will be the focal point for the Viking offense. Grimes ran for 72 yards last week and Pruitt caught a touchdown.
Overall, Ashe has dominated the series against North Wilkes, losing just three times since Ashe County High School opened in 1998. Ashe lost to the Vikings in 1998, 2002 and 2012.
Kickoff from Raner Wiles Stadium will be at 7:30 p.m.
*Ashe County leads the overall series against North Wilkes, 14-3
*A win for Ashe County will guarantee a winning MVAC record for the third straight season.
*Ashe is ranked 48th on the list of 2A teams in the state by MaxPreps.
*North Wilkes is ranked 94th on the same 2A list.
*Ashe defeated North Wilkes last season, 54-0.
Other area games
Alexander Central at Mooresville
Atkins at Mount Airy
Avery County at Madison
Bishop McGuinness at East Surry
East Wilkes at Starmount
Elkin at Wilkes Central
Forbush at Carver
Hibriten at Freedom
RS Central at East Burke
South Stokes at West Stokes
St. Stephens at South Caldwell
Surry Central at North Surry
Watauga at Morganton-Patton
West Caldwell at East Lincoln
West Lincoln at Maiden
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