In a game where points came at abundance, it was the Huntington Raiders who came out on top Friday night against the Peabody Warhorses, 46-34 at Independence Stadium.
Huntington (3-2) got its first winning streak of the season thanks to several big offensive plays early.
“We are a big-play team,” Huntington coach Rod Foppe said. “I’ve been saying that for the last two years. I’ve been saying about how great our athletes are, and every week we go out and put up big numbers. They make every coach in the country ask about our kids, because they say: ‘They can’t be that good.'”
Junior quarterback Aldon Kelly found senior Chance Chambers on a 78-yard strike — the first of the three touchdowns for the tandem — to start the scoring barrage for the Raiders. Kelly finished the night with 269 passing yards, while Chambers caught three passes for 171 yards.
“Al Kelly doesn’t ever get enough credit, because all he does is hold the glue for everything to work,” Foppe said.
Huntington also had a strong ground attack, as senior running back Damian Jiggetts eclipsed the 200-yard plateau for the second straight week and kept the clock running in the game’s waning moments.
Jiggetts was the workhorse for the Raiders, running for 243 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. However, it was his 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that ended any chance for a Peabody comeback.
Peabody (2-3) hung tight with Huntington thanks to dual-threat quarterback Jequan Dwellingham’s five total touchdowns.
Dwellingham had a hand in every Peabody score and finished with 247 passing yards and 87 rushing. His favorite target was Contavious Kirklin, who had seven catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
“We just think going into district, if we can stay together, we can stay humble, and I don’t get in the way, we can do something in district,” Foppe said.
Both teams will enter district play next week as Peabody hosts crosstown 3-4A rival Alexandria. Huntington will travel to Benton for a District 1-4A showdown.