HICKORY – Hunter Huss High kept up its rep as a football team to watch on Friday night, visiting Hickory and remaining unbeaten by rolling past the Red Tornadoes 35-7 at Barger Stadium.
The Huskies are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2011, riding big games by quarterback Zo Wallace and fullback Dondra Burris to nearly 450 yards of offense.
Wallace threw scoring passes to Tony Davis and Dontavius Nash, and Burris had Huss’ final two scores, by rushes, as Huss moved ahead in its all-time series with Hickory 12-11 (the first meeting was in 1968).
Coming off a 29-point win over Newton-Conover that featured 253 yards passing by quarterback Bryce Stober, the Red Tornadoes (1-2) threw for less than 100 against the Huskies and had 155 yards of offense.
Huss led 21-0 at halftime.
Hickory’s only score came in the third quarter on a pass by Stober but Huss responded with a drive of nearly six minutes to get a 2-yard TD run by Burris and lead 28-7.
Huss head coach Jamar McKoy told The Gaston Gazette after the game that there’s still work to be done.
“We felt like we should have been 4-0 last year,” McKoy said, referencing HHS’ 28-27 win in Gastonia. “We’re thankful to be where we are, but we know that going into Big South Conference play everybody’s 0-0.
“We have to prepare now for one of the toughest conferences in the state, so there’s a lot of work for us still to do.”
Hickory fell to 7-8 under Russell Stone, who took over as head coach last season and got a team that won two games the year before into the postseason after three years of not making the state playoffs.
The Red Tornadoes are at home Friday for a non-league game against unbeaten Bandys (3-0) with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Barger Stadium.
The Huskies ran almost 70 plays to just 42 by the Red Tornadoes … Huss’ win margin was its biggest in a 26-game series with Hickory as the widest margin in a win by Huss before Friday was 24 points in 1973 (Huss 32-8) …Bandys and Hickory will meet for the sixth time in varsity football with the Red Tornadoes leading 5-1 with wins of 25-19 in 2005 and 42-35 in overtime in 2007 over the Trojans in the only two matchups played in Hickory.