Loudon runs away for sixth win

Loudon High School’s McKenzie Lunsford hurdles a defender Friday in the Redskins’ 43-8 win over the Polk County High School Wildcats.

The Loudon High School Redskins (6-0, 2-0 Region 3-3A) continue to roll, picking up their sixth straight win of the season Friday in a 43-8 rout of the Polk County High School Wildcats.

“I thought our guys did what they needed to do,” Jeff Harig, LHS head football coach, said. “It was obvious Polk County was in a rebuilding mode, and I think we started subbing pretty heavy in the second quarter. Halfway through the second quarter, we were playing with our third team JV group.”

The Redskins started on offense, but it was short-lived when the Wildcats intercepted quarterback Keaton Harig four plays into the drive. However, Loudon’s defense forced a three-and-out, which led to the Redskins’ first scoring drive.

After four consecutive rushes for a combined 46 yards, Keaton Harig delivered a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ridenour to give the Redskins a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Ridenour then came up with an interception of his own a minute later to set up the Redskins’ second scoring drive that saw Keaton Harig connect with Drew Jackson on a 35-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-0.

Keaton Harig delivered another touchdown pass to senior lineman Tyler Whitfield before the quarter’s end to push the Redskins to a 21-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

The biggest play of the game came with under nine minutes to go in the first half when Whitfield blocked a punt, which led LHS linebacker Koby Dockins to catch the ball and run 35 yards into the end zone untouched.

“Anytime you can provide a kid like Koby Dockins a memory is, to me, the big thing,” Jeff Harig said. “He’ll always have that highlight of him catching the blocked punt and returning it for a touchdown, but overall, I thought our special teams played really well. We won our impact plays 10-0. We made a two-point conversion there when the snap went through Keaton’s hands. We did some unique things on special teams, but overall, it was a good performance.”

The Redskins scored two more touchdowns and gave up just one to close out the game.

“In the first half, everything we did worked,” Jeff Harig said. “We didn’t have many plays. Obviously, we started the second half with a running clock, and it wouldn’t have done us any good to go back with our No. 1s. Stats were a little off. I think we came out the second half with our No. 2s, and we struggled throwing the football, had some incompletions. I think our defense was out there a lot. ... It was just one of those weird nights.”

Loudon’s offense totaled 329 yards and was led by Jackson, who rushed just three times for 93 yards and recorded two touchdowns.

“They weren’t as quick as everybody up front,” Jackson said. “We knew once we got them handled, our guys could manhandle them, so we just took it and ran with it.”