The weather outside Friday night was frightful. However, the Ridgeview Wolfpack offense Friday night was delightful. The Wolfpack offense was firing on all cylinders in Russell County Friday night in a 58-13 beatdown of the Honaker Tigers.
The Tigers started the game on offense, though could not get anything going and were forced to punt. The Wolfpack took over on their own 11 yard line and only needed six plays to cover the 89 yards to paydirt. Trenton Adkins put the Wolfpack on the board with a five yard run. Landon Knepp, who got the start at kicker, added the extra point and at the 10:25 mark of the first quarter, the Wolfpack had an early 7-0 advantage.
Less than three and a half minutes later, the Wolfpack would pad their advantage on a Matthew Sexton 12-yard carry. At the 7:03 mark of the opening quarter, the Pack extended their lead to 14-0.
Another three and out series for the Tigers set up another Ridgeview scoring drive. Six plays after Tyler Stafford’s punt, Adkins had his second touchdown of the night from one yard out, capping off a 62-yard drive. With 2:53 left in the opening quarter, the Wolfpack led the Tigers 21-0.
The Tigers could only muster two plays on their next possession as Chandler Hubbard’s pass was intercepted by Jacob Hensley. McKenzie Sproles scored two plays later on a two yard quarterback sneak. With 11:47 left in the first half, Ridgeview’s lead was 27.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hubbard committed his second turnover of the evening coughing up the pigskin. The football was recovered by Chase Cantrell of the Wolfpack at the 17 yard line. Two plays later, Sexton found the promised land for the second time on the night from eight yards away. Knepp’s extra point was true, and the Pack were rolling at 34-0.
Another Honaker three and out series set the Wolfpack up at their own 36 yard line. The quick offensive attack of Ridgeview took only five plays to score on this possession as Adkins achieved the hat trick racing 43 yards down the visitor’s sideline for a touchdown. The other story resulting from the touchdown carry was an ejection for McKenzie Sproles after some extracurricular activity behind the play. With Knepp’s extra point, the Wolfpack held a 41-0 advantage with 8:55 left in the opening half. Less than three minutes later, Adkins scored his fourth touchdown of the contest, hauling in an 85-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler O’Quin. Knepp added a 32-yard field goal with 2:33 left in the first half to give the Pack a 51-0 lead at the half.
The second half of the contest featured a running clock. The Pack scored their final points of the night on backup quarterback Nick Phillips’ 49-yard gallop on a perfectly executed bootleg. The Tigers added two touchdowns of their own in the second half courtesy of two touchdown tosses of 9 and 20 yards respectively from Levi Miller to Chandler Hubbard. Hubbard with the scoring receptions set the single season school record for touchdown receptions with his 12th of the season. Hubbard also tied the school record in the same category with his 17th career touchdown reception.
Statistical leaders for Honaker were Dylan Casey, who had 11 carries for 68 yards. Chandler Hubbard had four catches for 59 yards with two touchdowns. For Ridgeview, Trenton Adkins led the way with 12 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns as well as one reception for 85 yards and a score. Matthew Sexton had six carries for 90 yards with two scores as well as an 18 yard reception. Tyler O’Quin was 2-of-3 for 94 yards and a score. Backup quarterback Nick Phillips also got in on the action with five carries for 68 yards and a score. On defense, Jacob Hensley provided an interception and a fumble recovery. Carson Sykes also intercepted a pass for the Wolfpack.
Despite the loss, Honaker has advanced to the Class 1, Region D playoffs and will travel to Glade Spring this Friday for a rematch of a regular season contest with the Patrick Henry Rebels. The Rebels defeated the Tigers 46-15 on October 19th. The Wolfpack are the top seed in Class 2, Region D and host Mountain 7 district rival Wise Central, also on Friday night. The Wolfpack defeated the Warriors 54-0 in week three of the regular season.
I was born a Haysi Tiger but unfortunately succumbed to a broken heart on a cold rainy afternoon in King William, Virginia on December 6, 2014.
However, I was reincarnated as a Wolf, and became a runner of the Ridgeview Wolfpack on August 28, 2015. You now hear me howling most autumn Friday nights high atop Rose Ridge in Dickenson County or anywhere else my Pack of hungry Wolves may be, from Grundy to Falcon Hill or from Ben Hur to Pikeville, Kentucky.
I never wolfed down (pun very intended) a Tiger Taco like Mr. Brady Hess, but I was and still am known to devour a pizza from Pizza Factory on Main Street in Haysi.
I have always wanted to write about sports and now I have the opportunity to thanks to those who have built this wonderful place on the world wide web. Hope y’all enjoy.