The Kevin Hunt era at Greenbrier got off to a running start Friday night.
The Wolfpack rushed for 161 yards and two scores as they beat Coach Hunt’s former squad, the Cross Creek Razorbacks, 23-6.
The Wolfpack scored all their points in the first half and the defense held the lead.
“Our defense kept us in the ball game and made big stops,” said Hunt. “It’s a great opportunity any time you can win your first game, no matter who the opponent is, and get the program going.”
The Razorbacks manufactured one first down in the first half, that on their first possession of the game. Cross Creek gained 162 total yards compared to the Wolfpack’s 216.
After the Wolfpack were forced to punt on their first possession, the team scored touchdowns in the next three possessions, each starting inside the Cross Creek 40-yard line.
Quarterback Adam Sasser hit Jamal Richard for 21 yards on a fourth-and-12 at the Razorbacks’ 27, then connected with Luke Otstot for a four-yard score two plays later.
The Wolfpack scored touchdowns on their next two possessions using the running game.
Jeremy Harden led all rushers with 111 yards on 18 carries and Trevor Burns had 49 yards on nine carries and scored twice. Matt Chiera banged home a 27-yard field goal with just under five minutes left in the half and the lead was 23-0.
The Razorbacks then drove into Wolfpack territory, but Otstot came up with an interception with five seconds left.
The Wolfpack defense made things miserable for Razorbacks’ quarterback Devin Diamond, keeping him on the run every time he dropped back to pass.
The Razorbacks got some momentum with a 20-yard strike from Diamond to Tony Bullock, cutting the lead to 23-6 with 11:07 to play in the fourth quarter.
Greenbrier was forced to punt on the next possession, but Diamond fumbled when Clint Hardy sacked him and Greenbrier recovered with 5:19 to go.
The Wolfpack ran eight straight times, with Harden getting six of the carries, to run out the clock.
With the score tied at 21, Augusta Christian quarterback Tyler Roberson rushed nine yards for the game-winning score with 53 seconds left as the Lions came back to defeat Wilson Hall 27-21.
The senior Roberson had a fantastic game for the Lions, rushing for 163 yards and three touchdowns, passing for 176 yards and another touchdown while leading the Lions back from a 21-14 fourth-quarter deficit.
“We kept our cool and I’m proud of the way they responded,” said Lions assistant head coach Charles Cooper, adding that Roberson put up “fantasy” numbers.