Hough High’s Corey Tucker and Bishop Ford both had big nights before and during Friday night’s game against North Mecklenburg.
But the Vikings were having a bigger night against the Huskies, taking a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter before a heavy thunderstorm stopped Friday’s game against the MECKA 4A rivals.
The game was stopped with 7:58 remaining in the third quarter, just a few minutes after Hough (6-3, 4-1) had scored to cut North Mecklenburg’s lead to three points.
After lightning flashes kept pushing back the projected restart time, game officials opted to call Friday’s game. It will be resumed at 6 p.m. Monday at Hough High School.
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Before Friday’s game, Tucker – who sat out with an ankle injury – was presented with his game jersey for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Game. Tucker, who will play as a tight end on the East squad, is one of three North Carolina players selected for the all-star game, to be played Jan. 4, 2015, in Carson, Calif.
Ford then picked up the honors, becoming the first Huskies player to rush for more than 1,200 yards in a season. The 5-foot-6 senior had 14 carries for 67 yards against North Mecklenburg (3-6, 2-3), with both of Hough’s touchdowns. That gives him 1,263 yards for the season.
Ford put the Huskies in the lead midway through the first quarter, capping a 93-yard scoring drive with his 4-yard TD run with 5:30 remaining. He added a 27-yard scoring run on Hough’s opening possession of the second half to pull the Huskies within 17-14.
But the rest of the game was all North Mecklenburg’s, which was 1-3 all time against Hough, and had lost the past three meetings.
The Vikings tied the score at 7-7 on Corey Patton’s 2-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds left in the first quarter, then pulled ahead when Robbie Quinlan hit a 30-yard field goal with 5:51 remaining in the second quarter.
North Mecklenburg upped its lead to 17-7 with less than 2 minutes remaining in the first half. Defensive back Amaur Mason stepped in front of a Will Coleman pass to Corey Sutton, returning it 27 yards for a touchdown with 1:31 left.