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Hornets Weather The Storm Defeat Wesclin

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Sophomore Dylan Kwiatkowski tracks down Wesclin’s quarterback during the Hornets narrow 14-13 victory on Saturday September 10.

Twenty hours after the scheduled start of the game between the Hornets and Warriors, the two teams took the field on Saturday. Heavy rains and lightning prevented the two teams, as well as many others in the area from playing on Friday night. After the delay, the Hornets took advantage of Wesclin's mistakes on their way to a 14-7 victory.

The Hornets got the scoring started in the game as Andrew Kash capped off a nine play drive by finding Ethan Reid, who jumped up in the end zone for a 16 yard touchdown. Colin Laws would add the extra point to give Nashville a 7-0 lead. Wesclin wouldn't trail for long as they took their first drive down the field for a touchdown. The Warriors would convert two third downs, and get a gift from Nashville on fourth down to extend their drive. With the Warriors facing fourth and three from Nashville's 25 yard line, the Hornets jumped offside before the ball was snapped giving Wesclin a fresh set of downs. Wesclin would take advantage, scoring four plays later when Josh DeMage found the end zone from four yards out. Kaylee Thaler added the extra point to tie the game.

Nashville's next drive would see them march down the field, but could not score as the drive stalled on Wesclin's nine yard line. Wesclin would control much of the rest of the game, as they ran the next 25 plays from scrimmage going into the second half of play. The Warriors could not come away with points, with each drive stalling out. The Warriors last drive of the second half, ran out of time as Wesclin couldn't punch the ball in for the score before halftime. The Warriors completed a pass to end the half but KJ Corley couldn't find the end zone. Perhaps the biggest play of the game, was on Wesclin's first drive of the second half when fullback Antonio Williams took the ball down the field for what looked like the go-ahead touchdown. The Hornets caught a break on the play as a block in the back was called, calling back the touchdown. The Warriors' drive would stall out at Nashville's 20 yard line.

The Hornets could not do anything with their next drive offensively, but got a big play at the end of the third quarter with Wesclin driving. With the ball around midfield, Seth Guinup stripped Williams of the ball, and Dylan Malone fell on it, giving Nashville great field position. The Hornets would take advantage, as they drove down the field for the go-ahead score. The Hornets got a plethora of big plays offensively on the drive, starting with Reid converting a fourth and one to keep the drive alive. On the next play Kash threw down field to find Cameron Parker who bobbled the ball and grabbed it just before it hit the ground for a fifteen yard gain. Then facing fourth and ten on the 24 yard line, needing another big play, Kash again found Parker who got just enough for the first down. Two plays later Kash and Parker would hook up for the third time on the drive for a five yard touchdown. Laws would again add the extra point to take a 14-7 lead.

That would be Nashville's final drive of the game as Wesclin got the ball back and chewed up the clock as they drove down field. After falling on their own fumble pushed them back, Wesclin got a huge play as DeMage found Corley on fourth and eight for a 16 yard completion to keep Wesclin's hopes alive. Wesclin could not tie the game late as they turned the ball over on downs to end the drive. Two kneeldowns by Kash sealed the win for Nashville.

“It was a real big bounceback win for us, coming off of what happened last week. Our guys had a really good week, in terms of preparing for the triple option that coach (Ric) Johns runs. We had to be option responsible and for the most part I think we did a good job,” said Coach Kuhn after the game.

With Wescln controlling the ball the majority of the game, the Hornets finished with just 209 total yards, but were balanced as they finished with 106 yards rushing and 103 yards passing. Kash led the way on the ground with 29 yards rushing in the win. Reid finished with 27 yards, followed by Parker and Arturo Garcia with 23 yards apeice. Grant Reed ran the ball three times for four yards. Through the air, Kash finished with 103 yards and two touchdowns. Kash completed passes to just two receivers as Reid finished with 51 yards and a touchdown, and Parker finished with 42 yards and a touchdown. Wesclin finished with 272 yards in the loss. The Warriors rushed the ball 47 times for 216 yards, and finished with just 56 yards through the air.

The Hornets travel to go up against Anna-Jonesboro next Friday night at 7 p.m. Anna-Jonesboro is 3-0 on the season, after defeating Massac County 34-7 last week. Anna Jonesboro defeated West Frankfort 12-6 in week 1, and defeated Murphysboro 22-15 in week 2.