HICKORY – Making his second varsity start, Hickory High running back Cody Young led the Red Tornadoes to a 31-0 home victory over McDowell on Friday night.
Young ran for more than 100 yards, scoring on runs of 15 68 and 2 yards, as the Red Tornadoes (3-1, 1-0) won their Northwestern 3A-4A opener.
Hickory led 10-0 at the half and tacked on a 14-point fourth quarter to down the Titans (2-3, 0-1).
McDowell was held to fewer than 175 yards, and Hickory had more than 330 yards that included quarterback Bryce Stober throwing for just shy of 190 yards.
Quinnatvious Saddler added a TD run and Harrison Boston opened the HHS scoring with a field goal.
Jaylen Harper was just shy of another 100-yard receiving game for the Red Tornadoes.
Hickory extended its series lead over McDowell to 13-7, and the Titans have not won in Hickory since 1991.
Stober will unofficially need 58 passing yards to clear 1,000 this season when the Red Tornadoes travel to play Freedom in a Northwestern 3A-4A game on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
McDowell has its homecoming game on Friday at 7:30 p.m., facing St. Stephens in a conference battle.