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Hoke Shuts Out Westover, 21-0
September 23, 2012Hoke County High School
Westover quarterback Henry Howard said his team was ready for the challenge rendered by Friday night's opponent, Hoke County.
That is, until the Bucks' dynamic running back Detrez Newsome struck in the third quarter.
"We came out ready to play," Howard said. "Then No. 6 (Newsome) broke one, and we hung our heads."
That break, a 44-yard run up the middle, was the first of three scores for Newsome, who scored all of Hoke's touchdowns in the Bucks' 21-0 win over the Wolverines at Raz Autry Stadium.
The senior rushed for 296 yards on 32 carries.
The first half was a defensive battle between the two teams, with neither side gaining 100 yards of total offense and leaving the game in a scoreless tie at halftime.
The Bucks (6-0) had chances in the first half, twice gaining to inside the Wolverine 10-yard line before fumbling to turn the ball over.
Hoke County lost five fumbles on the night, and quarterback Michael Locklear threw an interception in the fourth quarter when the Bucks were threatening on third-and-goal from the Wolverine 12.
"We were very, very lucky to win," Bucks coach Milton Butts said. "We stopped ourselves with the turnovers and that sort of thing. We hadn't been doing it, and it's good that we could have that sort of game and still survive."
Westover (2-4) managed to keep Hoke off the board until just inside the six-minute mark in the third quarter.
The Wolverines turned the ball over on downs after a failed pass attempt on fourth-and-inches from their own 49.
The Bucks gained an easy five yards when Westover jumped offsides before the first snap. On the second play, Newsome broke through the middle of the Wolverines' defensive line, taking the ball 44 yards for the first score of the night.
Offensively, the Wolverines offered little to counter Hoke's second-half surge.
Howard was Westover's top gainer, rushing for 63 yards and throwing for another 73, completing 13 of 28 tries.
Westover coach Greg Bryant said that Newsome's second-half performance was too much for the Wolverine defense.
"Our defense played great tonight. We were able to contain that young man in the first half," Bryant said. "But they were able to pull everything together in the second half. And we just didn't have any answer for No. 6."
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