Tucker falls to No. 8 Cougars
PARSONS — Mason Miller threw for four scores and ran for another as Class A, No. 8 East Hardy posted a 39-6 win over Tucker County Friday night at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field at Class of 1984 Alumni Stadium.
The Mountain Lions (1-4) used two defensive stands in a scoreless opening quarter, holding the Cougars on downs and recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchback.
East Hardy, however, took control with three scoring drives in the second quarter to build a 19-0 halftime lead.
Mason Miller gave the Cougars (5-1) a 7-0 lead with a 1-yard run with 8:12 left in the second quarter, with Dale Hockman connecting on the PAT kick.
After forcing a Mountain Lion punt, a 40-yard scamper by Alex Miller was followed by an 18-yard catch-and-run from Mason Miller to Noah Lang to make it 13-0 after the conversion kick failed.
An interception by Bryce Tharp inside Tucker County territory led to the next East Hardy score when Brayden Ritchie took a pass in the flat and raced in from 43 yards with 2:33 left until halftime. The PAT kick was off the mark and the score remained 19-0 at the break.
Dawson Price capped off a 70-yard drive on East Hardy’s first possession of the second half when he out-jumped a Mountain Lion defender for a 35-yard TD from Mason Miller.
Ritchie later found the end zone again when he took a screen pass from Mason Miller and broke free from 15 yards out, extending the lead to 32-0.
Tucker County got on the board early into the fourth quarter when Trenton Wilfong hit Maddox Anderson from 48 yards out.
Anderson had 74 yards receiving on the night to lead the Mountain Lion offense, which was held to just 12 yards on the ground.
Damian Inman finished the scoring for the Cougars with a 3-yard run with 6:34 left in the contest.
Alex Miller rushed for 185 yards for East Hardy, while Mason Miller finished with 170 yards passing.
The Mountain Lions are slated to visit Petersburg next Friday.