BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
SNEEDVILLE - Scotty Verran rolled the dice on his kicker, and it paid off big time for North Greene.
The Huskies' first-year coach decided to move kicker Tyler Bailey to quarterback and the senior led North Greene to their first win of the season with a 15-14 victory over Hancock County Friday night.
"This feels so good," Verran said. "It was a tough win and we had our back against the wall several times, but the defense just kept fighting."
"We came out at half and traded some positions around. We put Tyler in at quarterback and moved Zane (Britton) to tailback and we had whole lot more success on offense doing that."
Defense was the name of the game in the first half as the teams went into intermission tied 0-0 after
gaining a combined 96 yards.
North Greene struck first in the second half, started by Will Walker, who gave the Huskies the ball at Hancock's 20-yard line when he recovered a fumble.
From his new position, Britton took the ball around the left end on an option to set up the eventual score. Two plays later, from five yards out, Bailey took the snap and blasted his way up the middle for the score and a 7-0 advantage.
"The hunt was really for a tailback and we liked what Zane could do there," Verran said. "In that hunt, it looks we found us a quarterback and a tailback."
Hancock responded immediately and drove down the field in seven plays to score a touchdown with a two-point coversion to move in front 8-7.
The Indians later went ahead by more when quarterback Wilson Smyth got loose on a quarterback sweep and went 54 yards to make it 14-7.
The quick score did nothing to break the morale of the Huskies as they marched downfield with precision. Bailey hit Emmett Robinson on a slant for 18 yards and Britton followed with a 21-yard scamper.
With the Indians reeling, Bailey looked deep and hit Robinson on a fade that went 39 yards and gave North Greene a first down on the 10 yard line. Britton slipped up the middle and into the end zone for a Huskies' touchdown.
North Greene went for the two point conversion and Bailey found his big tight end Will West open in the flats for the successful conversion and a 15-14 lead with 27 seconds left in the third quarter.
From there, the Huskies' defense took over and shut down the elusive Smyth to preserve the victory.