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Saturday, 07 October 2017 01:19

Huskies are heating up

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Hough scored a season-high 62 points Friday against Lake Norman. Hough scored a season-high 62 points Friday against Lake Norman. Justin Parker

What a difference five straight wins can make.

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Hough Huskies appear to be hitting their stride.

“I’m just really proud of our effort to bounce back to be the team I know we are,” said defensive back Tyus Fields.

Hough cruised by Lake Norman 62-20 at home Friday to remain in a first-place tie in the I-Meck 4A standings heading into next week’s showdown with unbeaten North Meck.

“The last two weeks, I think we’ve played closer to our potential,” said Hough coach Matt Jenkins, also referencing the 45-10 win at Mooresville Sept. 29. “Are we there yet? No.”

Now the stage is set for the most meaningful matchup yet between the Huskies and North Meck. Hough opened in 2010, and many of its students — and athletes — live in North’s former attendance zone. The Huskies have had more success the previous seven years and have also dominated the head-to-head series with North, winning all but the inaugural meeting. But now, the Vikings are 7-0 for the first time in 25 years, and the two teams are 3-0 in the I-Meck, along with Mallard Creek. There’s a lot on the line in next week's 7 p.m. game.

“It’s going to be a heck of a challenge for us,” said Jenkins.

The Huskies (5-2, 3-0) had little trouble with Lake Norman (1-6, 0-3) Friday, scoring on six of their first seven possessions en route to a 43-14 halftime lead. Quarterback Kennique Bonner-Steward again showed his versatility, running for 111 yards and a score and throwing for 243 yards and four touchdowns. He found Nolan Groulx for 26- and 65-yard scores, Austin Robinson on a 19-yard touchdown and Nathan Allen on a 51-yard scoring strike. Running back Jarrett Nagy added 93 rushing yards and a score, and sophomore Kwesi Kyei-Fordjour ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns. Kyei-Fordjour's 17-yard score in the fourth quarter extended the lead to 42 and forced a running clock for the final 5:24.

“It was good to get out and execute,” said Jenkins. “The key to the whole thing is the offensive line has done a great job.”

The highlight for Lake Norman came from running back Cole Jackson, who returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Jackson was also the team’s workhorse offensively with 28 carries for 71 yards. Lake Norman's Matt Gaus found Shaun Allen for a 14-yard scoring play in the first quarter before leaving the game with an injury and being replaced by Gage Smith. Jeffrey Lipman added a 5-yard scoring run.

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