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Watauga High School Pioneers Take Down Ashe Huskies in OT, Football Squad Starts 2013 Season 2-0

By Mark S. Kenna

Sept. 4, 2013. With an overtime touchdown the Watauga High School Pioneers defeated the Ashe High School Huskies 13-7 last Friday.

A photo from last year’s football season, photo courtesy of Lifetouch Photography

The first quarter started in the Pioneer’s favor when Ashe turned over the ball to Watauga on their first drive. Watauga then capitalized on its defensive stop by responding with a touchdown.

Ashe played well against the Pioneers, but the team found a way to win in overtime, Ryan Habich, head coach for Watauga High School, said.

Habich emphasized the effort of his team but said he still feels there is much work to be done during this bye week. 

“We’re still not playing really well and we’re going to try to correct those mistakes on the things we’re not doing well,” Habich said. “We’re working on Watauga this week, working on things that we control; going over offense and defense.”

Now the team moves into a bye week before facing rival Avery County High School Sept. 13. Last year the Pioneers defeated the Vikings, but the two years before Avery has won. The 2-0 Pioneers will take on the Vikings at Avery County High School at 7:30 p.m.

“Bye weeks really are nothing special,” Habich said “We’re 2-0, but our kids know they have to persevere and get better week by week.”

The Pioneers will receive Avery’s film Saturday and begin to “break them down,” on the same day, Habich added.

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