Nightmare on North King Street

By — Ronan Heykoop

The Tuscarora Huskies scored another triumphant win (47-17) on Friday against the visiting Sherando Warriors. The Huskies (9-1) hosted the (7-3) Warriors at their home Fortune Field. The two teams clashed during the first round of the 4A Virginia Football Playoffs. 

Tuscarora showed they were clearly the stronger team leading up to and during the game, and entered the game with a definite chip on there shoulder as the coach and defensive captain of the Warriors made some interesting comments in a Winchester Star article prior to the game. In the article they explained how they planned to breakdown the Tuscarora offense because the Huskies only had a run offense and that if they shutdown the run it would be an easy night for them. 

Unfortunately for them, that plan didn’t seem to work out for the Warriors as the Husky’s star running back Bryce Duke dominated. Duke ran for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns on 19 total carries and gaining 40.6 fantasy points. In the previously mentioned Winchester Star Article, the Warrior coach Bill Hall eluded multiple times that the Tuscarora all-district quarterback Ethan Gick could not throw for the pocket. Gick put those statements to rest and fired off an astounding 212 yards and 4 touchdowns and totaled for 38.1 fantasy points. 

The receiving core had a very uncharacteristic lackluster night with stars Ryan Upp and Jevon Gilyard combining for a total of 83 yards and Jevon catching one touchdown. The star studded Tuscarora defense came up big as usual on friday, allowing under 200 yards of total offense.

Now the Tuscarora Huskies move to face the Liberty-Bealton Eagles on the road. The Eagles sporting a perfect 11-0 record coming off a nail biting win against Loudoun County who the Huskies Dominated during the regular season. Tuscarora is also on a hot streak, after losing to Broad Run High School by a mere two points in their season opener they have managed to rattle off 10 consecutive wins against big names including the reigning 4A state champion Woodgrove High School. With the two teams primed for a big state run the game will definitely not be one to miss!