LENOIR — The Hibriten Panthers showed why they are one of the top football teams in the state with a 64-14 victory over the Huskies on Friday night.
Hibriten scored the first three touchdowns of the game.
Panther quarterback Jamar Ferguson scored the first TD of the contest with a one-yard plunge with 7:41 left in the first quarter.
On Ashe’s next series, Hibriten defensive back Skylin Thomas picked off an errant throw from Colin Ellis to set up the Panthers’ next score, a one-yard run from fullback Chris Scott at the 6:37 mark of the first.
Things kept trending downhill for Ashe. Jadan Vannoy picked off a tipped pass with 5:34 to play in the first. On the Panthers’ first offensive play, McKinley Witherspoon ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run. After all of that, Hibriten held a 22-0 lead halfway through the first quarter.
The Huskies got on the board on their next offensive series. Ellis found senior wideout Dante Shuler, who made his Husky football debut, for a 40-yard touchdown strike. The two-point conversion pass from Ellis to Judd Price was good, making the score 22-8 with 4:56 left in the first.
Hibriten was able to find the end zone one more time in the quarter. Scott blasted through the Husky defense for a 55-yard touchdown with a little over a minute to play.
After a Husky punt, the Panthers opened the second quarter with another score, this time a touchdown pass from Ferguson to Jarius Cotton, which made the score 36-8.
Ashe answered back with a 21-yard TD strike from Ellis to Price at the 6:38 mark of the second to cut the deficit to 22 points at 36-14.
The Husky defense was able to tighten up a bit the rest of the quarter, keeping the Panthers off the scoreboard. Ashe sophomore Corbin Coldiron ended a drive with an interception with 47 seconds left in the half.
The second half was all Panthers with the team adding on four touchdowns in the final two quarters.
Killian opened the third quarter with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that just seemed to suck the life out of the Huskies.
Scott scored again on a TD run with 8:38 left in the third and Witherspoon added his second score on a three-yard plunge with 4:49 left in the third.
The final touchdown came from Vannoy on a 20-yard scamper with 9:06 left in the game for the Panthers ninth touchdown of the night.
Ashe fell to 1-2 overall while Hibriten improved to 4-0.
The Huskies will host Alexander Central in the final non-conference game of the season on Friday night while Hibriten will be off for a week before traveling to South Caldwell on Sept. 23.
Other area scores
AC Reynolds 45, Watauga 43
Alexander Central 75, Bandys 32
Avery County 35, Cloudland 34
Forbush 27, Starmount 0
West Stokes 45, East Surry 28
Surry Central 42, Elkin 0
West Caldwell 45, Hickory Home School 8
Mountain Heritage 61, Rosman 16
Mount Airy 35, North Surry 14
East Wilkes 56, South Stokes 6
Alleghany 35, South Stokes 20
West Wilkes 55, Atkins 6
Patton 72, Wilkes Central 52
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.