CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It may have been Friday the 13th, but the scariest thing on the field at Warriors Stadium in Quincy wasn't wearing a hockey mask, he was wearing No. 22.
That was Hurricane's Zach Pate, who scored his team's first three touchdowns in three different ways, returned two kickoffs for scores and was a terror all night for host Riverside as the Redskins ran away with a 56-9 decision.
Pate finished with 100 rushing yards on eight carries and two scores and 70 receiving yards on three catches with a touchdown, and had a 62-yard touchdown run called back on a penalty in the first quarter.
"Pate's an excellent player, he's going to go far," Hurricane coach Jeremy Taylor said. "He leads by example -- he doesn't say a whole lot, but he's a kid that makes the most of his possessions. They kept kicking it to him and I wondered why, but he just kept returning them. It's always good when your special teams can score."
Pate's five-TD night started with a 25-yard run in the first quarter to open the scoring after each team punted. He added a 53-yard touchdown reception to make it 14-0 in the second quarter before Riverside registered its big offensive highlight of the day.
After pounding the ball into the middle of Hurricane's defense, mostly to no avail, Riverside running back Will Jackson took a toss, made a cutback and scampered 64 yards for a score, cutting Hurricane's lead to 14-6.
It seemed like a possible momentum shift at the time until Pate returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for his third touchdown, getting the Redskins right back on track.
By the time he opened the second half with a 91-yard kickoff return to paydirt, putting his team up 35-9, it was pretty apparent there wasn't going to be anything freaky about this Friday in terms of the final result.
"For where we're at, the first away game -- I'm not going to say I'm 100 percent pleased but I thought we did pretty well," Taylor said.
Hurricane quarterback Austin Hensley wasn't bad himself, going an efficient 10-of-12 passing for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scoring tosses went to wideout Brandon Ford, who caught a team-high four passes for 58 yards.