WEEK 2  *  Friday, September 3rd  *  Alexander at Huntington
By Justin Kellough, SVCsportszone.com
HUNTINGTON TWP.  The Huntington
Huntsmen opened Earl Knight Field for the
2010-2011 football season against the
Alexander Spartans on Friday night.  Tom
Carmon liked what he saw in his green and white
squad early in the game.  â€œI saw our kids
emotionally invested, that’s something we
haven’t seen in a while,â€�  he said.  â€œIt
shows me we not only want to compete but
expect to compete.�

Among those emotionally tied up Friday night
were Mike Smith and Travis Hess.  The duo for
the Huntsmen combined for 127 yards on 23
carries and 2 TD‘s.  â€œIt helps out a lot to
have someone to split the duty with,â€�  says
Hess.  Smith agrees with his backfield mate, â
€œI like our combination because we each bring
something different to help the team.â€�  When
asked about his tandem Coach Tom Carmon
echoed his players, “Mike brings us a little
more power while Travis has a certain wiggle
about him on the edge.�

On the defensive side of the ball Coach Carmon
was impressed with the “lights out�
performance of Dylan Gragg with his 16 tackles
and one sack.  Drew Flack and Jeremiah Phillips
controlled the defensive line between the tackles
giving way to Gragg’s night along with Tyler
Leith and Mike Smith who had 8 tackles each.  
Scottie Perkins connected on 10 of his 18
passing attempts for 88 yards.

As for the action on the field, Alexander got the
scoring started off first after a Scottie Perkins
interception with a 25-yard field goal with 7:35
left in the first quarter.  After a stalled Huntington
possession due to a costly false start the
Spartans capitalized with a 45-yard quarterback
bootleg for a touchdown making the score 9-0.  
After an Alexander punt the Huntsmen backfield
dialed up a quick TD drive highlighted by a 31-
yard scamper by Travis Hess and a 9-yard plow
by Mikey Smith.  The following possession for
Alexander was cut short by a Jon Mainer
interception. Shortly thereafter the teams broke
for halftime.

The Spartans poured on 21 straight unanswered
points in the third quarter alone.  However in the
fourth the Huntsmen connected on their best
drive of the night; an 80 yard, 12 play clinic.  It
was finalized with a 2-yard Mike Smith
touchdown run.  Alexander scored one more
field goal making the final score 33-12.

Next week, the Huntsmen host the Northwest
Mohawks in hopes on getting on a roll before
conference play begins.