Hurricane overcomes mistakes to win

September 23, 2018

Hurricane running back Christian Hill (28) breaks up field on a carry as the Redskins take on Beckley during a high school football game on Friday at Hurricane High School.

HURRICANE — Homecoming Queen Haleigh Carr was beautiful. Hurricane’s 14-6 football victory over Woodrow Wilson at Meeks Field was not.

There were plenty of mistakes to go around Friday, but the Redskins (3-2) took advantage of more of them than did the Flying Eagles to come away with an ugly victory. The contest featured 21 penalties for 179 yards, five fumbles, a botched punt snap for a touchdown and a plethora of other miscues.

All the scoring was in the fourth quarter.

Christian Hill scored on a 25-yard run with 6 : 1 3 left. Timothy McCutchen’s extra point gave Hurricane a 7-0 lead.

The Redskins overcame themselves on that nine-play, 44-yard drive. Hurricane turned a first-and-5 at the 25 into a first-and-30 at the 50 with a holding call and an offensive pass interference penalty. The Redskins converted, however, as Hill ran for 15 yards and one play later Nathan Roy hit J.T. Cooper with a 21-yard pass to the 14 on thirdand-15 from the 35.

Another holding call, though, set Hurricane back to a second-and-24 situation at the 28. Hill’s touchdown came on third-and-21.

The Flying Eagles (2-3) responded with three plays that netted no yards and brought on the punt team. The snap sailed over the head of punter Joseph Wells and into the end zone,

where Hurricane’s Tyrone Washington pounced on it for a touchdown. McCutchen’s extra point made it 14-0 with 4:18 to play.

Woodrow Wilson responded with a nine-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a Peyton Shehan TD pass with 44 seconds left. The extra point was blocked.

The Flying Eagles attempted an onside kick, but the Redskins recovered and ran out the clock.

Woodrow Wilson wasted a prime scoring opportunity when they had first-and-goal at the Redskins’ 4 with 1:40 left until halftime, but Shehan’s handoff to Martay Lee was bobbled and Washington recovered for Hurricane at the 5.

Hill finished with 132 yards, 89 in the second half, on 27 carries. Add an 11-yard reception and the junior running back accounted for all but 38 of his team’s yards.

Woodrow Wilson gained 180 yards and gave back 109 in penalties.

The Redskins return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home vs. George Washington.

The Flying Eagles are off next weekend and return to the field Oct. 5 at home against South Charleston.

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