BY SCOTT R. FISHER
The result was the same, but North Greene took a different route to victory than in its opening game last Friday.
In last week's win, the Huskies exploded for 16 quick points. That was the number of points at the half this week for North Greene,
The Huskies (2-0) dispatched the visiting Jellico Blue Devils 29-0 Friday night at The Tundra. North Greene goes back on the road next week and plays at Unaka on Friday.
The defense for the Huskies were able to bottle-up the Jellico offense the entire night. The Blue Devils managed two big plays and still only had 60 total yards of offense. One play went for 69 yards and the other run covered 42 yards.
For most of the game, North Greene was pushing Jellico backwards and making tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The Huskie offense started slowly but compiled 279 yards of offense and scored through the air four times. Senior Tanner OLaughlin had scoring strikes of 21 yards, 16 yards, 16 yards and 13 yards.
Senior Mason Early contributed 139 yards rushing on 11 carries, Early also caught three passes for 29 yards and two scores.
North Greene received the opening kickoff and drove to the Blue Devil six yard line, but had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by junior Tyler Bailey. The Huskies led 3-0 less than two and a half minutes into the contest.
The big play of the seven play drive was a 41-yard dash by Early down to the six. The drive got started with O'Laughlin connecting with senior D.J. Triplett for 18 yards.
The three points on the first drive of the game would stand until little over five minutes remained before the half.
North Greene took advantage of an interception to score its first touchdown of the game. Senior Cody Coleman capped off the five-play drive with a 21-yard reception. After the extra point was missed, the lead was 9-0.
Following a punt by the Blue Devils, the Huskies added to their lead by riding the arm of O'Laughlin. The senior signal-caller threw five straight completions. The drive was bookended by catches by sophomore Zane Briiton. The first reception went for 11 yards while the scoring play covered 16-yards.
Four different Huskie players caught passes during the scoring drive that spanned just over one minute and covered 35 yards.
North Greene led 16-0 at the half and its offense was beginning to heat up.
Any momentum the Huskie offense had in the first half did not carry over into the second half, however. North Greene was not able to get into the end zone in the third quarter. The score remained 16-0 through thee quarters of play.
The next scoring drive by the Huskies followed yet another turnover by Jellico. North Greene's Luke White recovered a fumble at the Blue Devil 29 to give his team a short field to work with.
The Huskies did not take long to turn the miscue by Jellico into points. Three plays later, O'Laughlin and Early hooked-up on a screen play that found the end zone. Early made several defenders miss inside the five yard line. The scoring play covered 16 yards.
The extra point was missed and North Greene led 22-0 with 6:46 remaining in the game.
The final scoring drive was once again set up by a turnover forced by the Huskie defense. Colman intercepted his third pass of the game and returned it to the Blue Devil nine yard line.
O'Laughlin's pass to Early for the score went for 13-yards. North Greene was whistled for a false start pushing them outside of the 10-yard line.
The game was marred by the number of penalties called. There were 31 flags thrown in the game. North Greene was whistled 19 times for 155 yards. The Huskies were penalized 15 yards for personal fouls five different times. Jellico incurred 12 penalties for 100 yards.