For most of Jackson Gibbs’ career as Hough’s quarterback, the junior has been most well known as the grandson of former Washington Redskins’ coach, current NASCAR team owner, Joe Gibbs.
Friday night, Jackson Gibbs began his own winning tradition, guiding Hough in their season opener to 40-6 victory over Harding. It was Gibbs’ first-career start and a sign of things to come.
Gibbs went 10-for-13 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of action.
Gibbs found teammates Marquill Osborne and Cameron Evans on touchdown passes of 11 and 36 yards, respectively.
Hough sophomore running back Rashad Williams also had a big game with 89 yards rushing and two scores on nine carries, while Osborne, who has committed to Tennessee, had two catches for 40 yards and a score.
Hough jumped out to a 23-0 halftime lead, which was extended to a 37-0 lead after three quarters.
Harding senior quarterback Eugene Alexander scored the Rams’ only touchdown on an 18-yard run in the final quarter.
Quote: “I definitely am known because of my last name and family tradition. But, I am looking forward to making my own name this year. Tonight, I started to show that I can do that,” said Jackson Gibbs, whose grandfather, Joe Gibbs, and father, J.D. Gibbs, were both in attendance.
Records: Hough 1-0 ; Harding 0-1.
Worth mentioning: The Hough defense registered 11 sacks on the night, while Husky kicker Zach Stearns impressed with a 42 yard field goal and five extra points. Friday’s loss was Samuel Greiner’s first game as the Rams head coach.
What's Next: On Aug. 28, Hough hosts Mooresville in a non-conference game, while Harding travels to Garinger in a non-conference game.