Hough holds off Sun Valley, 34-20
Senior tailback Bishop Ford rushed 20 times for 191 yards and four touchdowns in Hough High's 34-20 win over Sun Valley in Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
The Huskies went 10-2 last year, with their only regular season loss against Mallard Creek — which won the 4AA state title game by 38 points.
Ford scored on runs of 76, 4, 49 and 9 yards. His second touchdown of the game with 2:35 left in the first half put the Huskies ahead 20-0.
The loss overshadowed the effort of Sun Valley's Albert Funderburke, who carried 25 times for 197 yards and a touchdown.
Funderburke is approaching 5,000 career yards.
He now has 4,934 yards, which ranks third in Union County history. Forest Hills' Juanne Blount (2006-09), now the starting tailback at Gardner-Webb, holds the county record with 5,392 career yards.
Funderburke needs just 13 yards to pass Anthony McNeely (1990-93) for second on the county rushing list.
Funderburke scored on a 76-yard run with 6 seconds left in the third quarter, pulling his team to within 27-14.
His younger brother, sophomore Fabrice Funderburke, gave a glimpse into the future when he take a handoff up the middle in the fourth quarter, broke a tackle and then showed blazing speed on the way to a 78-yard touchdown run.
Fabrice Funderburke carried three times for 87 yards.
Sun Valley got on the board late in the second quarter on a trick play.
Sophomore receiver Demarco Reaves took a backward pass from QB Isaiah Hicklin on the play, then Reaves thew a perfect left-handed pass to junior receiver Jeremiah Miller, who scored from 59 yards out on a post pattern.
The Spartans (0-1) travel to Hoke County in Week 2.