HURRICANE, W.Va. -- As footballs filled the air in a critical rivalry game with Winfield, Hurricane gained a little more momentum in an effort to get to the postseason, pulling out a much-needed 55-28 victory in front of a packed Redskin Stadium Friday night.
The Redskins (5-3) found the offensive punch to make their playoff hopes a little clearer as quarterback Austin Hensley threw six touchdown passes, continually hooking up with both tailback Zach Pate and receiver Henry Sorsaia.
"We just stuck with our game plan,'' said Redskins coach Jeremy Taylor. "We did have to make a few defensive adjustments early because they were just lining up foot to foot and powering it at us.
"That first play of the game when they ran that long one I just thought we didn't tackle. We've had a few problems with not tackling the last few games but we overcame it."
The Generals, desperately needing a vital win to advance their own playoff hopes, pushed the Redskins to the limit in the early going as they moved the ball consistently with their Chris Turner-led ground game.
Winfield started the game at a blistering pace scoring in the first 15 seconds when Turner took a direct snap and ran straight up the middle for a 75-yard touchdown run. Hurricane answered back with a 53-yard drive of its own, capped by a 15-yard pass from quarterback Hensley to Pate in the corner of the end zone to tie it at 7.
The Generals, who alternated their offensive sets between Toby Show shotgun formations and single-wing snaps directly to Turner, would score again at the 3:14 mark when Turner scrambled in from the 5 after an 80-yard drive. On the possession, the Generals line was very effective in its blocking schemes as Turner basically picked a hole to run through on nearly every play of the drive.
After a successful onside kick recovered by the junior Clayton Lightner, the Generals widened their lead to 21-7 as receiver Alex Amick on a reverse pass found Turner all alone downfield for a 40-yard touchdown.