H-K-T 28, WAGENER-SALLEY 25
WAGENER — Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (7-2, 4-1 Region 4-A) and Wagener-Salley (6-3, 3-2) were vying for playoff position in a battle of the top two teams in Class A, Division 2 on Friday night. The War Eagles jumped out to an early lead and controlled the game well into the final five minutes of the fourth quarter when H-K-T scored 14 straight points to come out with a 28-25 victory.
Wagener-Salley had the lead late in the fourth quarter and was driving when the team faced a fourth down deep in Trojan territory. After a time out by Wagener-Salley, the Trojans were able to do what they hadn’t most of the night, stop Eric Corley. The running back was held shy of the first down on the pitch play. The stop was followed by a scoring drive by H-K-T capped by a 30-yard pass from Khaliq Anthony to Walter Edwards to give the Trojans their first lead of the game.
“We changed the play because we thought they were going to stunt inside on us, and we felt like we could get the first down if we got outside based on how they had lined up,” Wagener-Salley head coach Ken Tucker said of the fourth down play late in the game. “From the snap it didn’t look good, I’ll have to look at the film and see what happened. I probably wish I would’ve kept it the same and not changed it.”
After the go-ahead touchdown by H-K-T, Wagener-Salley got another shot. However, Malcolm Stroman’s pass attempt was intercepted by Darius Hammonds and returned 48 yards for a touchdown. The pick six was Hammonds second touchdown of the game and his second interception as well.
The resilient Eagles’ chances didn’t end there though. Eric Corley returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. Wagener-Salley wasn’t able to recover an onside kick attempt and the Trojans held on for the win.
H-K-T’s head coach Dann Holland doesn’t believe it will be the last time the two teams will meet up for a close battle.
“We knew it was going to be a tough one,” he said. “Special teams kind of gave us a big lift, and we hit some big pass plays late. We knew we’d have to fight. We’ll see this team again though if we both stay healthy so nothing surprised me. It was a hard, physical football game like we expected.”
Health is a bit of a concern going forward for the War Eagles. Eric Corley missed some time with an injury and Stroman was injured on the final offensive possession for the War Eagles. Tucker thinks both of them will be OK.
“Corley should be fine. Malcolm is somebody we’ll have to watch throughout the week,” Tucker said. “I think both of them will be all right. If not next week, they’ll be OK coming into the playoffs.”
The War Eagles turn their sights to Ridge Spring-Monetta next week and Tucker told his team to treat the matchup like a playoff game.
HKT 0 8 6 14—28
WS 6 7 6 6—25
WS— Malcolm Stroman 6 run (Kick failed) 4:39
WS— Jalonzio Tyler 4 pass to Stroman (Kick good) :51
HKT— Khaliq Anthony 4 run (2pt conversion run good) :40
WS— Stroman 38 pass to RJ Tyler (Kick failed) 8:20
HKT— Anthony 32 pass to Darius Hammonds (2pt conversion pass failed) 6:58
HKT— Anthony 30 pass to Walter Edwards (2pt conversion run good) 2:39
HKT— Darius Hammonds 48 interception return (2pt conversion pass failed) 1:30
WS— Eric Corley 88 kickoff return (2pt conversion pass failed) 1:17
HKT— Anthony 13-75-1TD, Jarius Jenkins 14-48
WS— Eric Corley 21-105, Stroman 8-41, Ke’Aunri Holmes 9-55
HKT— Khaliq Anthony 12-21-177 2TD 1Int
WS— Stroman 6-13-83 1TD 2Int, Jalonzio Tyler 1-1-4 1TD
HKT— Walter Edwards 3-65-1TD, Darius Hammonds 4-62-1TD, Breshawn Fields 4-31, Dylan Lee 2-27
WS— RJ Tyler 2-44-1TD, Henry Odom 1-18, Jalonzio Tyler 1-18, Kyiian Miller 2-3, Stroman 1-4-1TD
HKT— Hammonds 2-50
Staff Photo by Eric Russell Xavier Keitt (50) tackles Darius Hammond during the War Eagles loss to H-K-T on Friday.×
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