PIKE CO. The stats from Friday nights football game at Piketon were not as telling as the score. The Redstreaks and the Huntsmen each had a balance attack on the offensive side of the ball. Piketon rushed for 189 yards and threw for 150. The passing game for the Streaks came by the hands of Jaime Helton. The senior signal caller ran the offense well says Coach Tyler Guillion. â €œHe has a great grasp of the offense, and what we are trying to do as a football team.â€� On the ground Piketon ran via the legs of Trevor McDowell and Cameron Waldell.
The green and white turned to number 4 Scott Perkins to control the skies. The senior completed 10 of 15 passes for 120 yards. Six of the passes were caught by Jon Maynard for 102 yards. On the ground, the Huntsmen were led by Mike Smith who on 17 carries managed to find the end zone three times on his way to a 106 yard night; however, the Redstreaks took care of the Huntsmen 47-24.
Piketon got off to a great start when the first two series on defense produced a three and out along with a safety at the 8:00 minute mark by Dakota Sparks. After the free kick Cameron Waldell got the ball three straight times (two runs and one catch) until he punched the pigskin to the promise land with 5:47 left in the first quarter. Boomer Liest added the PAT for a 9-0 score. The hot start continued when HHS fumbled their first play of the new possession caused by Shane Pack. On the very next play Helton completed a TD pass to push the lead to 16-0 at the end of the first period.
Late in the second quarter, Huntington gained some momentum when on third and 11 Perkins connected to Jon Maynard for a 45 yard dart down the middle of the field. Mikey Smith took the handoff on the next play and skidded for 15 yards till he crossed the goal line and took the two-point conversion in as well. At the half, Piketon led Huntington 26-8.
The pivotal first possession of the second half saw Piketon run the same play four straight times until eventually scoring a touchdown on the ground. â€œWe saw some things at halftime and felt we could take advantage of them.â€� As they did, â€œWe started to protect Helton well, and we continued to play smash mouth football.â€� Coach Gullion said. After the Streaksâ€™ first TD of the second half the game was never in doubt, as Piketon coasted to the final score of 47-24.