Saturday, 11 November 2017 01:56

Hough tops AK, looks to West Forsyth

Written by  Ian Richardson
Austin Robinson (18) and the Huskies are 9-3. Austin Robinson (18) and the Huskies are 9-3. Justin Parker

In the wake of Friday’s 41-16 win over Ardrey Kell to open the 4AA state playoffs, Hough head coach Matt Jenkins was quick to make one thing clear to his team — the Huskies are 0-0.

Well, symbolically, at least.

Officially, Hough improved to 9-3 with the victory, but Jenkins and the Huskies view this time of year as a series of one-game seasons. Next week’s “season” will be a second-round trip to unbeaten West Forsyth, which earned a bye as the No. 2 seed in the West.

“I think our kids are going to be excited about an opportunity to go on the road and play a team like that in its own place,” said Jenkins. “We feel like we’re playing well right now, and we’re looking forward to that challenge.”

Against Ardrey Kell, Hough benefitted from an explosive end to the first half that included three touchdowns in the final four minutes after the Knights briefly pulled ahead. A pair of Kennique Bonner-Steward passes — to Austin Robinson and Nolan Groulx — followed a Jarrett Nagy run to send the Huskies to the locker room with a 27-9 advantage.

“Getting those scores before the half solidified the lead and got us under control,” said Jenkins. “Down 9-7, we felt like we had done that to ourselves. The defense did a good job to get some quick stops, and we were able to capitalize.”

The win was Hough’s second over Ardrey Kell this season after a 35-23 result on Sept. 15.

Robinson’s second touchdown catch and a grab from Nolan Groulx extended the Huskies’ lead in the second half before the Knights turned a late fumble into the final score. Kwesi Kyei-Fordjour opened the scoring for Hough with a 50-yard, first-quarter run.

With an undefeated opponent up next for Hough, Jenkins is focused on shoring up any and all inefficiencies heading into the next “season.”

“Preparation is key when you’re playing a team like that,” he said. “We have to make sure we’re understanding all the little things in the game plan and schemes.”

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