By Brent Huelsmann
The Hornets dropped their second game of the season this past Friday, as they lost to the DuQuoin Indians 28-7. The loss pushed the Hornets record to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The win by DuQuoin gave them the conference title for the first time since 2012.
The Hornets pushed across the first score in the game as they drove down the field in 12 plays and capped off the drive with a 1yd touchdown run by Kyle Schnitker. The Hornets drove down the field using their running game, not throwing a single pass on the drive. Big runs by Hunter Schultze and Schnitker propelled the drive down the field. Jaris Dalman added the extra point for the Hornets that gave Nashville a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
DuQuoin would answer with a touchdown of their own early in the second quarter as Caleb Vogel found Dylan Ford for a 10yd touchdown. The Hornets defense stepped up and blocked the extra point attempt as Royce Newman broke through the line to block the kick.
After Andrew Kash left the game briefly with an injured hamstring, the Hornets turned to sophomore Cameron Parker. Parker found Ethan Reid for a big competion in his first pass attempt that moved the ball close to midfield for the Hornets. With the Hornets driving downfield, the offense had trouble with the snap as two straight snaps went over the head of the quarterback pushing the Hornets into a fourth and 41 situation.
The defenses stepped up going into halftime as Ethan Reid picked off a pass to set the Hornets up at midfield. The Hornets offense, with Kash back in the game could not get going, as they were stopped on a fourth down conversion attempt near midfield. Once again the defense picked up the Hornets as Byrce Paszkiewicz recovered a fumble as the game was going to halftime.
Each team's offense struggled in their first drives of the second half, but DuQuoin broke through in the third quarter as Zayne Fornear scored from 3 yards out. The two point conversion was unsuccessful but DuQuoin took the lead 7-12. The Hornets committed a turnover on their next possession as Newman fumbled setting the Indians up near midfield. Fornear would find the endzone