HURRICANE, W.Va. -- For one week, Hurricane finally caught a breather by not playing a top 10-ranked team and took advantage by rolling over St. Albans 69-16 on a soggy night at Redskin Stadium.
The Redskins (4-3), coming off a wild 60-54 loss to George Washington last week, kept the high-octane offense in gear as quarterback Austin Hensley threw for 275 yards and tailback Zach Pate scored five touchdowns rushing for 72 yards and receiving for 167 yards.
"We need to get a win whenever we can. We had lost two in a row and needed this," said Redskin coach Jeremy Taylor. "St. Albans is young and still trying to get used to what [coach Steve Stoffel Jr.] is trying to do with them. They just haven't gotten there yet, but they will."
The Red Dragons (1-6), still trying to improve on last season's 2-8 mark, showed small sparks in the first half but just could not match the offensive production of the Redskins.
"We wanted to try to slow down their passing game but it's a double-edged sword with them. They have a kid that can run it, one that can throw it and three or four kids that can catch it too," Stoffel said. "They're hard to match up with and we're not speed-rich."
The Redskins started the scoring on their third play from scrimmage when Hensley threaded the needle to Pate in a crowded end zone from 26 yards out for an early 7-0 lead.
After a Red Dragon three-and-out, the Skins would make it 14-0 on a 22-yard Pate scamper and add yet a third Pate touchdown from 7 yards away with 7:07 left in the first quarter.
Down 35-0 halfway through the second quarter, the Dragons found the end zone when quarterback Noah Reed hit junior receiver Terrell Lovejoy with a short screen pass that Lovejoy stretched into a 56-yard touchdown sprint.