Huntsmen edge Mustangs in closing seconds

Huntington took the lead with just 10 seconds remaining on Friday via a three-yard touchdown run by Quintin Puckett to defeat host Westfall 26-22 in a Scioto Valley Conference game.

The win allowed the Huntsmen (4-4, 2-3) to clinch a playoff bid for the first time in program history.

Jaden Towler helped the Mustangs (2-6, 1-4) get off to a quick start with an 80-yard kickoff return to go ahead 6-0.

Huntington went ahead 8-6 later in the quarter and extended its lead to 14-8 in the second quarter.

Westfall’s Bryce Wickline threw for a touchdown and ran for another on Friday against Huntington. View a complete photo gallery from the game.

Westfall countered with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Wickline to Trent Walters. Wickline and Walters then hooked up on the two-point conversion toss to tie the game at 14-14 going into halftime.

The Mustangs regained the lead approximately midway through the third quarter on a nine-yard touchdown run by Wickline, followed by the Westfall junior signal-caller running in the two-point conversion to make it 22-14.

Huntington made it a two-point game with 10:55 remaining in the fourth.

Huntington outgained Westfall 276-228, powered by its run game churning out 253 yards on 44 carries.

Wickline was 14 of 26 passing for 120 yards and a touchdown and added 86 yards rushing on 16 totes and another score.

Walters made five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown and Towler added six grabs for 44 yards.

The Mustangs continue conference play next week at Piketon (4-4, 2-3), a 52-19 winner over Adena last night.

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Westfall’s Joey Wright gets a carry on Friday against Huntington.

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