The Hickory Red Tornadoes controlled their game from the start Friday at Fred T. Foard. Hickory won the opening coin toss, elected to receive, and their offense quickly went to work.
Hickory scored on its first two drives and led 14-0 in the first 3 minutes of the game. It rode a wave of offense and used a tight defense Friday night to earn a 53-13 win over Foard.
“It was a good win for us, and this is something we’ve been waiting on for a while,” said Hickory head coach John Worley.
The Red Tornadoes are now 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Tigers are still searching for their first win and fell to 0-6 overall and 0-2 against the Northwestern 3-A/4-A.
Hickory used a balanced running attack to put points on the scoreboard and pick up the win. Running back T.J. Wimbush rushed for a game-high 162 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, and fullback Casey Stinson finished with 145 yards and two touchdowns on nine attempts.
Quarterback Kyle Johnson passed for 138 yards — all in the first half — on 6-of-11 passing with three touchdowns and an interception. His final touchdown pass came at end of the first half and sealed the win for Hickory.
Johnson flipped the ball to Stinson on a screen pass, and Stinson weaved through the Tigers’ defense as time expired for 65 yards and a touchdown. Hickory led 33-7 at halftime.
“They were about 50-50 running and passing in the film we saw, and that is tough to defend,” Foard head coach Ryan Gettys said. “Their record doesn’t say how good they are because they played some really good football teams.”
Hickory’s defense played a solid game. The Red Tornadoes went into the game with only one interception in their first five games of the season. Hickory intercepted Foard quarterback Stefan Gettys three times and forced a fumble. Hickory limited Foard to 161 yards on offense.
“We got beat by Hibriten last week 34-0, and I thought our defense played well,” Worley said. “We’re trying to build on that.”
The Red Tornadoes scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and converted that turnover into a touchdown for an early 14-0 lead. Foard rallied 6 minutes later with a touchdown run by running back Tre Robinson to cut the deficit to 14-7.
Hickory’s offense took over from there scoring 32 unanswered points on five touchdowns — two passing and three rushing — and two extra points for a 46-7 lead. Robinson scored his second touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run 5 seconds into the fourth quarter. Hickory added a late touchdown on a 1-yard run by fullback Jake Meade for the 40-point margin of victory.
The Tigers’ showed the strength of their running game Friday against the Red Tornadoes. Running back Tre Robinson had 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 27 attempts.
“Tre had a good night, and he is going to pick up positive yards,” Gettys said. “So, we are going to keep giving it to him.”
The Tigers hit the road next week to take on rival St. Stephens, and Hickory plays at home against Alexander Central.