GASTONIA The Vance Cougars lost 15 starters from last year’s squad, so coach Keith Wilkes knows that any win, especially a road win, is a good one.
His team got that Friday night, as Kyderian Green ran for 193 yards and three scores and tight end Trey Foggie caught a momentum-changing touchdown pass as Vance beat Hunter Huss 36-14 in a game closer than the score indicated.
“Being so young, we’re actually a little ahead of where I thought we’d be,” Wilkes said. “This was a good test for us, because Huss is better than their record shows, and for the most part the kids played really well.”
Vance (3-1) led from the game’s first play. Huss standout Kerrion Moore took the kick and ran to his right.
Then he reversed himself but ran back to the goal line and was tackled for a safety, giving Vance a 2-0 lead nine seconds in.
After the free kick, Vance scored on its first two offensive possessions, a Kyderian Green 7-yard run and a 55-yard pass from Laquell Thames to Christian Hatcher, giving the visiting Cougars a 15-0 lead.
Moore would get some redemption for Huss (1-4), scoring on two touchdown passes from quarterback Andrew Jordan.
The first was a 37-yarder late in the first quarter.
Then the senior caught a 39-yarder from Jordan midway through the third that closed Huss’ deficit to 22-14.
Needing a big play to get momentum back, Vance got it from Foggie, who sprinted behind the Huss defense and caught a 40-yard pass from Thames with 10 minutes, 16 seconds left to extend the Vance lead to 29-14.
“Foggie is our best receiver, and we expect plays like that from him,” Wilkes said. “He made a real big play for us when we really needed it.”
Green added insurance when he capped a 12-play drive that took 5:40 off the clock with an 8-yard scoring run.
Thames threw for 156 yards to go with Green’s 193. For Huss, Moore ran for only 19 yards, but he caught seven passes for 176 yards and Huss’ two touchdowns.
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