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Avery defender Stetson Stafford leaps for a pass against Hendersonville’s Raymond Reid in last
week’s conference contest. Photo by Josh Bare

Originally published: 2013-10-16 15:36:08
Last modified: 2013-10-16 15:37:31

Vikings surrender more than 500 yards of offense in 51-34 loss to Bearcats

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Homecoming at Hendersonville High School turned into more of an air show than a football game, as the Bearcats launched multiple long passes for touchdowns in a 51-34 Avery defeat at Dietz Field on Friday, Oct. 11.

HHS drew first blood after a Viking punt, when quarterback Cole Cleary capped a seven-play, 78-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run and 7-0 lead with 5:37 remaining in the first period.

The Vikings made an instant impact on special teams with the ensuing Bearcats kickoff, as Christian Hicks fielded the kick at his own four-yard line and weaved through traffic and blocks for a 96-yard kickoff return touchdown. AHS missed the extra point, but drew to within 7-6.

Hendersonville showed its own quick-strike ability when, on its next offensive play, Cleary connected with wide receiver Raymond Reid for an 80-yard touchdown reception. The PAT failed, leaving the Bearcats with a 13-6 lead.

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