Vance and Hunter Huss both started Friday night’s non-conference football game with a bang, as each returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
But after that, the fireworks belonged to Vance. Quarterback Omar Baker completed 18-of-27 passes for 197 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Cougars (2-0) to a second straight one-sided victory, a 53-7 thumping of the visiting Huskies.
Vance, a 49-0 winner against West Mecklenburg last Friday, put on another impressive offensive display, with 359 yards in total offense.
Myles Dorn caught three passes, all for touchdowns for 50 yards and Jonathan Ifedi had three receptions for 79 yards, including two touchdown catches.
Miles Corpening returned the opening kickoff for a touchown, but the Huskies answered with an 89-yard kickoff return by Hafees Adams for a 7-7 tie 25 seconds into the game
But after that, the Cougars settled into a ball-control offense and a stifling defense that put them in control.
Vance drove 67 yards in 11 plays, ending with Baker’s first touchdown pass to Dorn, a 12-yarder four minutes into the game for a 14-7 lead after one quarter.
The Cougars put the game away in the second quarter with touchdowns on drives of 42 and 68 yards, and had another set up by a bad snap from center on a Hunter Huss punt attempt.
Baker passed to Ifedi for 34 yards for one score and Donnavon Spencer ran 16 yards for another. And Vance took a 34-7 lead to halftime when a muffed punt attempt gave the Cougars the ball at the Huskies 22. Baker scored on a 1-yard keeper about three minutes before the break.
Meanwhile, Vance’s defense limited Hunter Huss to two first downs and 17 yards of offense in the first half. The Huskies showed a little more offensive life in the second half, led by quarterback Andrew Jordan’s 14-of-20 passing for 148 yards. But they never penetrated inside the Vance 20.
The Cougars tacked on three more scores in the third quarter. Baker hit Dorn for a 34-yard score. On the next possession, Hunter Huss tried a 67-yard field goal by Seth Jones after a drive stalled. Corpening fielded the ball for Vance at his own 10 and returned the miss 87 yards to the Hunter Huss 3.
Baker passed four yards to Dorn for a touchdown a couple of plays later.
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