The West Wilkes football team fell to the Avery County 51-6 on Friday night in Newland.

Besides a lone touchdown from the Blackhawks on the opening drive of the game, it was all Vikings the rest of the way.

Nearly everything went right for Avery County (2-0) on the night as it exploded for 455 yards offensively, with nearly 400 of those through the air, and six touchdowns coming from the arm of junior quarterback Troy Hoilman. Avery was also able to contain the Hawks run-heavy attack, only allowing 177 total yards on the night.

After winning the coin toss and electing to receive the Blackhawks quickly moved the ball down the field thanks to a 63-yard run by Dallas Rash. The senior was tackled just short of the goal line and two plays later plunged into the end zone to give West the early 6-0 lead.

That lead would be the last for the Blackhawks as Avery responded on its next possession with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Hoilman to Jonas Bowman for the lead 7-6 after the extra point and never looked back.

The Vikings kept the foot on the gas as they would find the end zone on their next five possessions in a row, while the Blackhawks continued to struggle offensively.

Hoilman scored his second of the night with a quarterback sneak up the middle from a yard out; however, he would throw for the next four scores to give the Vikings a 38-6 lead at the half.

West Wilkes (0-2) managed to make some defensive adjustments at the half and limited Avery to only 142 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, but the damage was already done as the Vikings cruised to the win with a running clock, which started late in the third quarter.

The Blackhawks will look to bounce back next week as they host Bishop McGuinness in Millers Creek, while Avery County will travel to North Buncombe.

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