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HUSKIES WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT.... (2018-10-13 16:30:45)

WEST JEFFERSON - While all eyes have been on the Watauga High football team and its first quest at a Northwestern Conference championship, head coach Brian Hampion and the Ashe County High football team have quietly put together an impressive season of their own.

The Huskies (6-2, 4-0 Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference) won their fifth straight game Friday night by knocking off two-time defending champion Wilkes Central 49-20 in a MVAC game at Husky Stadium. That win, coupled with Alleghany's 21-13 win over East Wilkes, gives the Huskies sole possession of first place in the MVAC.

The Huskies, who have outscored their opponents 246-55 in their last five games, are looking for their first MVAC title since 2014. But keep in mind, the Huskies, who are 40-38 during Hampton's seven-year stay with two conference titles, have never won an outright championship.

They shared two co-MVAC title with Wilkes Central in 2006 and '07 under Bill Strong, and they shared two tri-championships with Starmount and North wilkes in 2013, and with Elkin and Starmount in 2014.

"Our goal is to get better every time we step on the field," Hampton said during an interview with WATA Radio back in August. "That's why I always make sure we play Watauga and teams like (Lenior) Hibriten every season. Those games really challenge our players, and it makes us a much better team when we get to conference play."

Senior quarterback Luke Hudler threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in Friday night's win against the Eagles. Sophomore running back Timothy Peterson ran for 143 yards and a pair of scores. Ashe County piled up 383 yards offensively. The win also broke a two-game losing streak against the Eagles.

The Huskies find themselves with a one-game lead on East Wilkes and Boonville-Starmount with three games left in the regular season. The Huskies travel to East Wilkes next Friday. They close out the regular season at home against Starmount.



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