The Huskies are now 9-1 overall, 6-0 in the I-Meck 4A conference. Lake Norman 4-6 overall, 2-4 in the league. Hough’s win Friday sets up an I-Meck 4A championship game next Friday at home against Mallard Creek, which is also 6-0 in the league.
Lake Norman scored on its opening possession when quarterback Josh Ladowski hit Corey Joyner with an 11-yard pass for a TD. The Wildcats’ 2-point conversion attempt failed, and they led 6-0 with 8 minutes left in the first quarter.
The Huskies responded with their own drive, scoring on a 1-yard rush from Tory Burrell. Tim Gawert’s extra point kick put them ahead 7-6.
Neither team posted points in the second quarter. Lake Norman failed to capitalize on two Hough turnovers (one interception and one fumble) and the score remained 7-6 at the break.
Early in the third quarter, Hough’s Tylan Murrell intercepted a Lake Norman pass. Quarterback Josh Stilley hit Nick Burrow with a 27-yard pass for Huskies second touchdown. Gawert’s extra point made it 14-6 Hough, with 7 minutes to go in the third.
The Wildcats benefited from two penalties against the Huskies in the next series, but Hough held Lake Norman to a 47-yard field goal. That put the score at 14-9 to end the third quarter.
The Huskies opened the fourth quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Gawert to pull ahead and win the game 17-9.
BIG GAME FRIDAY
The Huskies return home next Friday night at 9-1 to face perennial powerhouse Mallard Creek for the I-Meck championship. Game time is 7 p.m. at Hough stadium.
- Anne Vari
Hough 7 0 7 3 - 17 Lake Norman 6 0 3 0 - 9