MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - After two consecutive losses, the Huntingdon Hawks have now ripped off two-straight wins to get back above .500. For the second week in a row, the Haws (3-2, 2-0) have put up over 40 points, scoring 45 in Saturday’s 45-35 win over Maryville (0-5, 0-2).
The Scots entered without a win on the season and that’s how they left Montgomery as Huntingdon put up 24 points in the second quarter.
It was the freshman Malachi Harvey who sparked it all with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Hawks a 14-13 lead. The Hawks quickly got the ball back and Otis Porter caught his second touchdown of the game, a 30-yard play to increase the lead to 21-13.
Maryville would punch back, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run to make it a one-point game again but the Hawks would score 10 points in the final six minutes of the half to take a 31-20 lead into the break. Eric Thomas scored on a 7-yard touchdown run and then with time expiring, Cole Starr hit a 28-yard field goal.
After the half, the Scots pulled back to within one possession. They scored on a 3-play, 35-second drive on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Thomas to Connor Chandler. The Scots would convert a two-point conversion to make the score 31-28, but the Hawks would score twice afterwards to put things far enough out of reach.
Porter’s third touchdown catch of the day and quarterback Michael Lambert’s third passing touchdown of the day came on the first play of the drive. It was, in total, a 71-yard play to help put the Hawks back ahead 10. Then, with 41 seconds to play, Lambert’s fourth touchdown pass was caught by Colton Chinn. It was an 8-yarder and the Hawks entered the final quarter with a 17-point lead.
Huntingdon’s defense would get the stops they needed not allowing another Maryville score until 1:46 remaining in the game.
Lambert’s four touchdown passes accompanied 403 passing yards on 22 of 36 completions. Porter’s three touchdown receptions were part of a 7-reception, 175-yard performance. He was one of two Hawks to exceed 100 receiving yards. Cody Dwyer was the other.
Interesting note: In their three wins now, the Hawks are averaging 54 points per game and 502.3 total yards of offense.
The offense put up a total of 499 yards Saturday and will look to carry those vibes into next week’s road test at Brevard. That game will kick at noon.