CORNELIUS – With Wednesday’s 38-6 win over Ardrey Kell, the Hough High Huskies are off to a 4-0 start for the third time in the nine-year history of the program.
Head coach Matt Jenkins isn’t getting caught up in the early-season success, though. He sees a lot of things he likes, yes, but he also sees room for improvement as I-Meck 4A Conference play arrives Sept. 21.
“We’re 0-0,” Jenkins said of the team’s mentality. “We’ll worry about going 1-0 next week (at Hopewell).”
Hough has outscored its opponents 185-22 thus far, and the win over 0-5 Ardrey Kell, played two days early because of Hurricane Florence’s expected arrival, was more of the same.
Quarterback Kennique Bonner-Steward ran for a 17-yard score to give Hough a 7-0 lead after one possession and later threw touchdown passes to Evan Pryor (15 yards) and Kyle House (27 yards). Pryor also scored on a 6-yard run, while his backfield mate Kwesi Kyei-Fordjour scored on a 24-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play. Both finished with more than 100 rushing yards. Kicker Cam Lewis hit a 29-yard field goal.
Hough nearly forced a running clock in the third quarter, but as Bonner-Steward arrived at the goal line on what would have been a 39-yard touchdown run, he fumbled, and the ball bounced out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. Hough also had an 80-yard punt return score by Malik Barber negated by a penalty.
“We’ve got some things to clean up,” Jenkins said.
Ardrey Kell got on the board with 5:06 to play when quarterback Thaddeus Jankord connected with Quentin McCall on an 8-yard score.
The 4-0 start is Hough’s first since 2015, with only the 6-0 start of 2013 to match.