Highlanders crush Ripley, 77-7
RIPLEY, W.Va. – Huntington High did what the No. 1-rated Class AAA football team in the state is supposed to do Friday night, and then some.
Huntington High (5-0) piled up 693 total yards and smashed Ripley, 77-7, on Homecoming for the winless Vikings (0-5).
The Highlanders pulled away at halftime, 42-7, and didn’t slow down much.
Nick Tubbs of the Highlanders turned in a tremendous individual performance.
Tubbs, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, scored five touchdowns on two long punt returns, one pass reception and two rushes. He carried six times for 146 yards and caught two passes for 44 more yards. And, he returned four punts for 161 more yards while taking back two kickoffs for 52 yards.
Ripley actually took the lead early when Trevor Tucker connected with Kade Harrison for a 55-yard touchdown pass.
That put the Vikings ahead, 7-0, at 7:22 of the opening quarter, but the rest was all Highlanders.
Charles Crawford’s 4-yard TD run and an 82-yard sprint on a punt return by Tubbs, with a pair of Zach Stevens extra points tacked on, put Huntington High on top after the first period, 14-7.
Crawford ran for a 37-yard touchdown in the opening seconds of quarter two, and Tubbs followed with a 58-yard punt return for a score. Rushing touchdowns by Paden Christian and Tubbs turned it into a 35-point bulge at halftime.
The Highlanders continued to roll to the finish with more touchdowns from Tubbs (two), Christian, Daniel Clark and Jaylen Adaway. Stevens connected on all 10 of his extra point kicks and Cason Kessinger made his only try.
Crawford’s eight rushes netted 134 yards. Clark ran seven times for 118 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown play in the fourth quarter.
Adaway, the backup quarterback, finished the scoring with a 34-yard TD run.
Ripley was limited to 150 total yards. Tucker led the Vikings with 66 yards on 17 carries. He also passed for 85 yards.
Huntington High next game is Friday at No. 3 Capital. The Cougars (4-0) beat South Charleston in overtime Friday, 34-31.
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