Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy
Dylan Harris returned from an ankle injury in fine fashion on October 15, as Ashville High’s senior quarterback scored three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-0 victory over Class 4A, Region 6 rival Hanceville. It was Ashville’s first region win of the season.
Harris (pictured above) was 5 for 6 in passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns and ran seven times for 80 yards and a TD. Travis Smith led the Bulldogs on the ground with 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 attempts. Jalen Williams added 62 yards on 10 carries.
Ashville finished with a 361 to 128 advantage in total yards, including a 257 to 94 edge in rushing.
The Bulldogs built a 21-0 halftime lead courtesy of Smith’s 10-yard touchdown run, Harris’ 36-yard touchdown pass to Cole Hyatt and Harris’ 2-tard touchdown run. Harris’ 28-yard TD pass to Chandler McGinnis midway through the third quarter made it 28-0, while Hyatt’s 35-yard interception return for a touchdown pushed the advantage to 25 points. Ashville capped the scoring with Smith’s 48-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
Greyson Simpson was 6-for-6 on extra points.
Williams, Trevor Horsley each had seven tackles, followed by Hyatt and Ethan Richardson with six each and Ashton Mostella with five. Hyatt also had an interception return for a touchdown.
Ashville (4-4, 1-4) closes out region play this Friday (Oct. 22) at Fultondale.