Rutland improved its record to 5-3 and remained in playoff contention in GHSA Region 2-AAAA with a 47-14 win Friday over Howard.
Were in a situation where our backs are to the wall, Rutland head coach George Collins said. We cannot not play well.
The first quarter started off with a bang after Howards Courvoisier King broke away from tacklers for a 65-yard scoring run on the third play from scrimmage.
The Hurricanes struck back quickly, however, as Timori Northcutt found Shakenneth Williams from 13 yards out to tie things at 7.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Huskies failed to field the ball cleanly and gave the ball back to Rutland on the Howard 30. Three plays later, Northcutt hit Williams again, part of a 127-yard, three-touchdown night for Williams that included another touchdown before the end of the first quarter.
Howard made things interesting in the second quarter after Torey Bundrage returned a blocked field goal attempt 68 yards for a touchdown to bring the Huskies within seven points. But Rutland scored two more touchdowns before halftime to take a 34-14 lead in to the locker room.
The Hurricanes continued to dominate in the second half, as they scored twice more in the third quarter. Both touchdowns came on passes from Northcutt, who finished the game with 255 passing yards and six touchdowns.
Rutland is a good football team, and were not yet, but well get there, Howard head coach Barney Hester said.