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Written by: on Friday, October 2nd, 2020


Michael Henwood threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns as Hickory downed Grove City for the second time in a month 28-7 Friday night at Forker Field.

“We knew they were going to make some adjustments, and this was a hard-fought game,” said Hickory head coach Bill Dungee. “We talked before the game about being mature. Last year we were 3-0, we went on the road and got it handed to us.”

With the win, Hickory now improves to 4-0 on the season.

Coupled with their offense, the Hornets were even better on defense, allowing Grove City to gain only 170 yards of total offense.

“Our secondary is playing well, and our defensive line is improving every week,” said Dungee. “When you play a team like Grove City, they attack you.”

They surrendered a lone touchdown after the outcome had been decided.

“We knew coming in they’re a great football team, and do a great job,” said Grove City head coach Sam Mowrey. “Their defense did a good job tonight. They have some weapons to get the ball to and a great quarterback.”

Big plays were the name of Hickory’s game as they struck late in the first quarter on Henwood’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Matt Cannone.


Following a Cannone interception, Rocco Iacino hauled in a 12-yard pass from Henwood to begin the second quarter.

The Hornets extended their lead before halftime on Iacino’s 1-yard run with 39 seconds remaining to give Hickory a 21-0.

Ramarion Whitehead’s 63-yard touchdown from Henwood with 8:50 to play put the nail in the coffin. Whitehead had a monster game for Hickory with 172 yards receiving on seven catches while adding an interception on defense.

“I’m so proud of Ramarion. He’s bee patient, the first two weeks teams were taking him out of the game,” said Dungee. “I told if you have to be a decoy, be a decoy. Others were stepping the last couple of weeks. Now it was his turn. I’m so proud of him.”

Iacino added four catches for 55 yards, while Cannone had two for 60.

The Eagles cracked the scoreboard with a 5-yard run from Logan Breese with 2:36 to play, a drive aided by 35 penalty yards against the Hornets.


“I thought our defense played their tails off tonight, but our offense was inches away from making the plays we needed to make,” said Mowrey.

Breese led Grove City, going 12-for-25 passing for 111 yards, but he was intercepted three times, including twice by Cannone.

Anthony Nemec added a game-high 43 yards rushing on 15 carries, Curtis Hovis chipped in with 30 yards on 13 attempts.

Grove City falls to 2-2 on the season and will try and bounce back next week to travel to Slippery Rock. The Eagles beat the Rockets 34-21 on September 18th.

“We’re going to turn our focus to Slippery Rock now. We’ll watch the film and learn what we need to fix so that we can bounce back,” said Mowrey.

Hickory, meanwhile, will try to keep the momentum going when they make the short jaunt to Sharon next Friday. The Hornets routed the Tigers also on September 18th.

Game Highlights:


Hickory 28 Grove City 7

Score by Quarters

Hickory – 7 14 0 7 – 28

Grove City – 0 0 0 7 – 7

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

H – Matt Cannone 61 yd pass from Michael Henwood, (Lukas Jones pat), 3:38

Second Quarter

H – Rocco Iacino 12 yd pass from Henwood, (Jones pat), 11:54

H – Iacino 1 yd run, (Jones pat), 0:39

Fourth Quarter

H – Ramarion Whitehead 63 yd pass from Henwood, (Jones pat), 8:50

GC – Logan Breese 5 yd run, (John Hake pat), 2:36

Individual Stats

Rushing: Hickory – Clay Wiesen 14-38, Michael Henwood 6-15, Jackson Pryts 1-(-1), Rocco Iacino 5-14, Ty Holland 1-2. Totals: 27-68. Grove City – Curtis Hovis 13-30, Anthony Nemec 15-43, Anthony Pereina 3-15, Logan Breese 3-(-1). Totals: 23-69.

Receiving: Hickory – Ramarion Whitehead 7-172, Rocco Iacino 4-55, Matt Cannone 2-60, Jackson Pryts 1-18, Clay Wiesen 1-5. Grove City – Gavin Lutz 4-46, Anthony Pereina 6-64, Zack Martin 1-4, Hayden McCreadie 1-(-3).

Passing: Hickory – Michael Henwood 15-for-28, 310 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. Grove City – Logan Breese 12-for-25, 111 yards, 3 interceptions.

Interceptions: Hickory – Matt Cannone (2), Ramarion Whitehead. Grove City – Logan Breese, Gavin Lutz.

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