Huntington blows out Tensas Academy

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

St. Joseph &8212; Winning is contagious, and apparently so are blowouts, as Huntington rolled over the Chiefs 51-7 and bested their second opponent in as many weeks by more than six touchdowns.

It&8217;s not often that lineman get credited for a win, but the Hounds dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, allowing Huntington&8217;s backs huge chunks of yardage on almost every play.

Harkins, who doesn&8217;t like to credit individual players and stresses the team concept, complimented the play of two players, Chris Carroll and Kameron Cupit.

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Harkins said that if anyone was the Hounds&8217; player of the game it would have been Carroll, and of Cupit Harkins credited his leadership this season.

As a team the Hounds racked up 299 yards rushing on 32 carries

&8220;We threw it. We ran it, and scored a lot of points,&8221; Huntington coach Chad Harkins said. &8220;We had a lot of players get the ball and they all contributed to the win. The offensive line did a great job. They&8217;re a unit that is really gelling, and all our backs ran hard.&8221;

Running back Jody Cottongin led all rushers with 167 yards on nine carries scoring a pair of touchdowns for the Hounds. Cottongin also reeled in one pass for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Ricky Dunbar was the second leading rusher, racking up 97 yards on nine carries and scoring three touchdowns.

Huntington quarterback Terrance Johnson, continued his streak of solid games under center for the Hounds as he went four-eight for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite the large margin of defeat, the Chiefs&8217; coaching staff wasn&8217;t extremely disappointed with the team&8217;s play. That could be because the Chiefs were without several players due to a virus that has been spreading throughout the locker room. Most notable of the players missing was starting tailback Will Ratcliff.

&8220;We had guys who started getting sick this afternoon, which wasn&8217;t a good time for something like that to happen,&8221; Tensas coach Chris Jacobs said. &8220;They&8217;re a quality team and we didn&8217;t play consistently. They made some big plays, and we gave them the momentum.&8221;

With the lack of players Jacobs was forced to experiment with his lineup, moving Jim Lentz, who has been playing on the offensive line to tailback. Lentz was unable to generate much in way of yardage gaining just nine yards on 10 carries.

Statistically there were not many players worth noting on the Chief roster, as the team was able to tally 79 yards of total offense.

Chief quarterback and safety Bennett Schauf made an interception early in the second quarter.

Next week Huntington will play at home against WCCA.

&8220;I know they played Trinity tough and will bring their A-game,&8221; Harkins said. &8220;They&8217;re in the playoff hunt and are going to come out and give us everything they&8217;ve got.&8221;