HUNTERSVILLE Hough senior quarterback Josh Stilly threw for 242 yards and four first-half touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 37-14 win against North Mecklenburg on Friday night.
In the first half, the Vikings (4-6, 2-4) stacked the box and took away the Huskies’ running attack as best they could, but Stilly – who connected with three different receivers for touchdown passes – made them pay for the gamble.
“We saw that the deep ball was going to be there,” said Stilly, who connected on 10 of his 17 passing attempts. “They were going one high safety the whole night, so I’d just look him off and then come backside to a go-route. It worked out well in the first half.”
Stilly connected on touchdown passes of five yards (to Carl Tucker), 64 yards (Caleb Hines), 34 yards (Cory Sutton) and 48 yards (Tucker again) in the win, breaking 2,000 yards passing for the second consecutive season.
“I thought Josh played well,” said Hough coach Bobby Collins. “I’m excited (that he reached 2,000). Josh is a student of the game and he works very hard at it.”
“I’m not a big stat guy,” said Stilly. “I’m more about getting the win, but that’s pretty cool.”
Tucker, who was Stilly’s favorite target on the night, finished with five catches for 89 yards and two scores.
Tylan Murrell, who scored the Huskies’ (9-1, 5-1) first touchdown of the game on a two-yard run in the first quarter, led the running attack. He finished with 104 yards on 15 carries.
The Huskies defense – which was led by Christian Young (nine tackles, five solo) and Jarrett Cole (nine tackles, seven solo) – took a sizable Vikings’ senior day crowd out of the game early, holding North Meck without a first down for the entire first half.
William Santiago, who rushed for just six first-half yards, turned in a solid effort in the second for the Vikings, rushing for a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.
Hough struggled with penalties throughout the game, committing 13 for 135 total yards (85 yards on offense and 50 on defense).
“You can’t win that way,” said Collins. “You can’t win with penalties. We’ve just got to continue to work on that and play penalty-free football going forward if we want to be successful.”
The Huskies close their regular season against Vance (6-4, 3-3), a team sure to be motivated after falling from third in the MECKA 4A Conference to fifth after a 34-7 loss to Hopewell Friday.
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