Sophomore Josh Jones made his first start this season at quarterback and completed his first eight passes of the ballgame, while the Hoggard defense forced six three-and-outs over the first half as the Vikings cruised to a 45-28 win over Laney at Scott Braswell Stadium on Friday.
“I was really proud of the way the kids came out tonight,” said Hoggard Coach Craig Underwood. “I think if you look at the first half and the third quarter, I was just extremely impressed the way the kids executed their assignments.”
Coming off the bye week, Hoggard looked sharp from the get go and started their first possession in favorable field position with the ball near midfield. Six plays later, Tony Allen scored the first of three touchdowns from inside the one-yard line as the junior running back finished with 66 yards on 11 carries.
Laney had trouble getting the offense moving and was unable to convert a first down until the five-minute mark of the second quarter. Hoggard used a 24-yard field goal by Caleb Kuhne to go up 10-0 with 5:02 to play in the opening frame after Jones hit Evan Allegret on a 67-yard pass to move the chains facing a third and 14.
Allen punched in his second score of the night to make it a three-score game before a muffed punt recovered by Elijawaun Boone gave the Bucs’ 1st and 10 on the Hoggard 40-yard line. Trevon Greene helped put Laney on the board as the junior quarterback scrambled out of the pocket to extend the play and hit Alex Dinh on a 33-yard touchdown pass to gain some momentum heading into the break.
Following a lengthy halftime because of homecoming festivities, with senior linebacker Omar Jones being named homecoming king, Hoggard put all hopes of a Laney comeback to rest by scoring 21 points in the third quarter. Allen made his third trip to the end zone, while Rashad Wallace got into the mix with a pair of touchdown runs, including a 29-yard carry with two seconds to play in the frame.
Jones went 11-of-14 for 219 yards and one rushing touchdown, while Jones had three tackles for loss to go along with a fumble recovery by Cullum Crowley.
“Josh is getting better every week and really excited about his progress,” Underwood said. “He’s mature and hungry as player as they come. He wants to be on the field and wants the ball in his hands. Bryant [Sasser] is also doing a great job back there too and we’re lucky to have two of them. Both kids are working hard.”
After being held to just 60 total yards of total offense in the first half, Jamius Beckett picked up a pair of big runs in the fourth quarter, including an 80-yard touchdown and 79-yard score to close the deficit to 38-21 with 7:20 remaining.
Wallace finished with 25 rushes on the day for the Vikings, while Allegret had a game-high four catches for 110 yards. Jones hit six different receivers in the game including Collin Hairr, who had three receptions for 62 yards. Hunter Louthan made one grab at tight end for 31 yards.
Hoggard moved to 2-1 in conference and back to the .500 mark at 4-4 overall. The Vikings travel to Shallotte for a date with West Brunswick on Friday, Oct. 23. Laney dropped its second game this week and fell to 2-2 in league play.
Hoggard- Tony Allen, 1 yard run, (PAT, Caleb Kuhne) 9:50
Hoggard- Caleb Kuhne, 25 yard field, 5:02
Hoggard- Tony Allen, 1 yard run, (PAT, Kuhne) 7:26
Laney- Trevon Greene, 33 yard pass to Alex Dinh, (PAT, Michael Hoffman) 4:07
Hoggard- Tony Allen, 1 yard run, (PAT, Kuhne) 8:07
Hoggard- Rashad Wallace, 1 yard run, (PAT, Kuhne) 6:15
Hoggard- Rashad Wallace, 29 yard run, (PAT, Kuhne) :02
Laney- Jamius Beckett, 80 yard run, (PAT, Hoffman) 11:46
Laney- Jamius Beckett, 78 yard run, (PAT, Hoffman) 7:20
Hoggard- Josh Jones, 10 yard run, (PAT, Kuhne) 3:41
Laney- Tim Gore, 1 yard run, (PAT, Hoffman) :16