Friday, June 14, 2024

Football: Jones, Hairr combine for four scores to guide Hoggard over Ashley

Hoggard 35     Ashley 6

 The Vikings ran off their third consecutive win with solid defense and a big game from quarterback Josh Jones as Hoggard rolled to a 35-6 win against Ashley.

With a 14-6 advantage moving into the second half, the Vikings started to flex its muscle after the break. A turnover by the Screaming Eagles on the opening possession of the third-quarter setup a six-yard pitch and catch from Quarterback Josh Jones to Collin Hairr to make 21-6 in favor of Hoggard.

Jones had a pair of touchdown during first half, including a 33-yard keeper into the end zone to put the Vikings ahead, 7-0 with 3:18 to play in the opening period.

Ashley was able to get some momentum back on a 14-play drive capped on a three yard run by Corey Whaley, but turnovers proved to be a difference maker for the Screaming Eagles as a fumble late in the second quarter turned into seven points for Hoggard. Jones hit Hairr on a 40-yard touchdown strike with under a minute to go in the frame to build some confidence moving into the final 24 minutes of action.

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Christian Hollar and Isaiah Kemp both had an interception for the Vikings, who have now forced seven turnovers in the past two games. Tre Houser found the end zone on a 29-yard carry late in the game, while Jones and Hairr finished with four touchdowns connections on the night. Hairr has made a big impact in the passing game since his return earlier this month from a collarbone injury.

Hoggard moved to 4-1 in league play and 5-5 overall. The Vikings play host to Topsail on Friday, Nov. 5 on Senior Night at Scott Braswell Stadium. Ashley dropped to 1-5 in the division and 3-6 on the year. The Screaming Eagles look to snap a three-game skid next week at Laney.

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