Huntingdon wins conference championship with 42-14 win over Averett

Huntingdon wins conference championship with 42-14 win over Averett

DANVILLE, VA (WSFA) - The Huntingdon Hawks took home the USA South Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday with a 42-14 win over the Averett Cougars.

The Hawks have won the conference title in back-to-back years as the team finished 9-1 in 2015 and in 2016.

Huntingdon got off to a real quick start against the Cougars, scoring on the first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Luke Bailey hit Jamichael Bibb for a 66-yard touchdown reception to make it 7-0 in favor of the Hawks.

Huntingdon would keep pouring it on as the Hawk led 21-7 at the half and then outscored Averett 21-7 in the second half.

The Hawks dominated the Cougars on offense, outgaining Averett 700 yards to 264. 399 of the Hawk's 700 yards came on the ground.

Running back Vic Jerald led the rushing attack with 188 yards on 13 carries for an average of 14.5 yards per carry. His longest run of the day was 82 yards.

John Iwaniec added another 113 yards on 20 carries and racked up two rushing touchdowns for the Hawks.

Bailey finished the day completing 20 passes on 30 attempts for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Bailey also picked up 76 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Bailey's favorite target on Saturday was Bibb, who finished with 129 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.

Nick Haas also had five receptions and picked up 47 yards.

Huntingdon will now turn its focus to the playoffs to avenge an early exit last year when the Hawks were knocked out in the second round by Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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