CORNELIUS Houghs offense didnt spend a lot of time on the field in its homecoming game Friday against West Charlotte.
As things turned out, the Huskies didnt need a lot of time or chances, rolling past the Lions 61-6 to remain in the hunt for the MECKA 4A title.
Josh Stilley threw for 191 yards and four touchdowns, and Tyler Murrell ran for 100 yards and a score before the starters came out midway through the third quarter for Hough (8-1, 4-1), ranked third in the Sweet 16 poll.
The Huskies ran just 17 offensive plays in the first half, but piled up 292 total yards in racing to a 42-0 halftime lead, while holding winless West Charlotte (0-9, 0-4) to 27 total yards and three first downs.
Huskies coach Bobby Collins said he didnt know Hough ran so few plays in the half.
I thought we were clicking on all cylinders (but) I didnt know that, he said.
I was pleased with the overall effort. Weve got a big game coming up against a rival (North Mecklenburg) from down the street.
Four different receivers Murrell, Justin Koenig, Carl Tucker and Caleb Hines had TD catches from Stilley. Mark Fields Jr., making a rare appearance at running back, added a 55-yard scoring run, Will McIntyre had a 2-yard TD run, and Tim Gawert went 8-for-8 on extra point kicks and put in a 27-yard field goal.
Even the Huskies defense got in on the act. Brandon Cassarino pulled in an end-zone fumble for the games first touchdown, and Hough added a safety in the third quarter.
The lone bright spot for the Lions who lost their 13th consecutive regular-season game and eighth straight conference game, dating back to last season came from running back Pralowe Grier, who had 139 rushing yards.
However, most of Griers yardage came on West Charlottes lone score, an 83-yard breakaway late in the third quarter to end the Huskies shutout.
I knew all our games were going to be tough, not just this one in particular, West Charlotte head coach Marcus Surratt said. We dont have a lot of depth but my big thing is that we get better every week. Tonight, I dont think we got better at all.
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