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Tunstall advances to Region IV Division 3 championship
Faces Cave Spring in Roanoke
Sunday, November 18, 2012
By MARK THOMPSON - Bulletin Sports Writer
Tunstall’s Evan Huffman scored six touchdowns, and the Trojans beat Marion 49-28 in a Region IV, Division 3 semifinal game on Friday in Dry Fork.
Tunstall (7-3) scored the game’s first touchdown, but Marion responded with its own touchdown. It looked early like the contest would be an exchange of blows, but after Marion missed a field goal in the first half, Tunstall took a 14-7 halftime lead.
That’s when Huffman really started to take over. The versatile wide receiver intercepted a ball on defense and ran it back for a touchdown to open the second half.
“He was a huge part of our win,” Tunstall coach Buddy Brown said.
Tunstall forced a 3-and-out to follow Huffman’s interception, then Damarcus Wimbush blocked Marion’s punt to set up a quick rushing touchdown from Huffman.
And he wasn’t done yet.
Marion shut down Tunstall’s offense for most of the game, and after the Hurricanes scored two quick touchdowns before the fourth quarter, Brown went to the Wildcat.
“We weren’t having success doing what we were doing so we got into something different,” he said.
Tunstall’s Wildcat featured Huffman in the shotgun, while moving quarterback Chris Buckner to wide receiver.
The adjustment paid dividends for the Trojans.
Huffman finished the game with four rushing touchdowns to go along with two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
And after Tunstall lead just 28-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Trojans exploded for 21 points to run away with the game.
Marion scored in the final minute of the game to make the final score 49-28.
Despite the lopsided victory, Brown still knows Tunstall needs to shore up some things heading into the Region IV, Division 3 championship.
“We gave up some big plays, which is a concern,” he said.
Tunstall will play Cave Spring (7-5) next Friday in Roanoke for the Region IV title. The winner advances to the Group AA, Division 3 state playoffs.
“We’re going to try our best to win it,” Brown said of the Cave Spring matchup. “It’s for the Region championship. We’re gonna give it all we got. The kids are excited. I know it’s going to be a tough game.”