By Dave Morrison
For the Saturday Gazette-Mail
BECKLEY - For the all the offensive explosions in the Hurricane-Woodrow Wilson game Friday night at Flying Eagles Stadium, it came down to the defense at the end.
And Woodrow Wilson's Anthony Hosea made sure he was the man to get the job done.
Hosea had two sacks on Hurricane quarterback Austin Hensley on the Redskins' last two drives as Woodrow Wilson escaped with a 35-34 win.
Woodrow Wilson (3-0) overcame a 27-13 halftime deficit, the final score a 6-yard pass from Andrew Johnson to Jacob Meadows and a subsequent 2-point conversion run by Johnson with 5:19 remaining.
That's when Woodrow Wilson's defense, absent most of the game, came to the fore, led by Hosea.
First, he sacked Hensley for a 5-yard loss, a play that eventually forced Hurricane to punt.
After Hurricane got the ball back, Hosea again sacked Hensley on second-and-5, and Woodrow Wilson was able to get the ball back on downs and end the game.
"My coaches needed me and my team needed me," Hosea said. "I noticed their guard was getting tired late in the game and I just pushed my way into the backfield. They pretty much had their way with us for a long time, and once we got the lead back, we knew it was on the defense to end it."
Down 27-13 at the break, the Flying Eagles fought back, Johnson hooking up twice with Cole Williams on touchdowns of 10 and 51 yards to tie the score at 27.
"That's just good senior leadership," Woodrow Wilson coach John H. Lilly said. "They pretty much pushed us around in the first half, but our kids never quit. We showed some resiliency and Andrew showed a lot of leadership in bringing us back. I thought we played well as a team."
Hurricane, behind Hensley, who was 23 of 33 passing for 246 yards and four touchdowns, wasn't done just yet.