It was a tale of two halves for the Happy Valley football team on Friday night.
The Warriors pulled away in the third quarter and never looked back in a 40-7 victory at Cosby in Region 1-2A play. With the win, Happy Valley improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in region play.
It was a slow start for the Warriors on the road.
HV took a 7-0 lead in the middle of the first quarter as Eli Ayers found Andrew Little for a 25-yard touchdown and Cameron Cochran added the extra point. Cosby, however, evened things up early in the second quarter as Hunter Workman scored on a 10-yard run.
The teams would stay tied at 7-7 until the final minute of the half. Ayers hit Little for a nine-yard touchdown with 12 seconds remaining in the half to send HV into the locker room with a 14-7 advantage.
In the second half, it was all Happy Valley.
Jordan Campbell opened the half with a one-yard touchdown run, and Matthew Bahn broke free for a 60-yard touchdown to give HV a 26-7 lead with 3:31 left in the third.
Ayers struck on the ground for a short touchdown as the Warriors took a 34-7 lead into the final quarter.
Little caught his third touchdown of the night from Blake Garmon to account for the final scoring.
Bahn finished with 138 yards on 14 carries, while Campbell added 110 yards on 15 carries.
Ayers was 8-of-13 passing for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
As a team, the Warriors outgained Cosby 370-106.
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