One week after going to double overtime in a win over Pinckneyville, the Nashville Hornets could not come away with a victory in their final regular season home game of the season. DuQuoin, looking to clinch the Southern Illinois River To River Conference Mississippi Division outright, ran the ball for 534 yards on their way to a 64-27 victory over the Hornets. The loss moved the Hornets record to 5-3 on the season, and the Hornets need a win on the road against West Frankfort to clinch a playoff spot.
DuQuoin started the game quick, needing less than two minutes to score. The Indians got a ten yard touchdown run from Zayne Fornear to get the early lead. Fornear set up the touchdown with a 50 yard run on the previous play.
The Hornets would come back with a long scoring drive themselves as they took their first drive 66 yards for a touchdown. The Hornets got big plays out of Andrew Kash throughout the drive as he went 4-5 for 28 yards and a touchdown through the air on the drive. After a pass interference call on DuQuoin gave Nashville the ball at the 14 yard line, Kash would find Neil Kachuba on the next play for a touchdown with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter.
DuQuoin would take control of the game from there, scoring 14 unanswered points to end the first quarter, and 29 unanswered point overall to take a commanding 36-7 lead into halftime. After going up 14-7 on a touchdown from Caleb Vogel, the Indians defense got a big turnover, as Donoman McBride picked off a pass from Andrew Kash leading to a Fornear touchdown.
The Hornets would get a takeaway of their own late in the first quarter, when Grant Reed recovered a fumble for a touchback, but were unable to take advantage.
As the second half started, the Hornets again had a long touchdown drive, but could not sustain the momentum. Kash capped off an eleven play drive with a 32 yard touchdown run to cut DuQuoin's lead to 36-14.
The Hornets would get as close as 43-21 on a two yard touchdown reception by Ethan Reid, but DuQuoin cruised to a 64-27 victory.
After the game, Hornets coach Tim Kuhn talked about the loss. "DuQuoin is always tough. We prepared, we did we could in terms of preparation, but we just didn't find away to get things done this evenin."
The Indians finished with 583 total yards, 534 on the ground. DuQuoin finished with three 100 yard rushers as Fornear, Vogel, and Anthony Spiller.. Nashville finished with 362 total yards in the game, 193 on the ground and 169 through the air. On the ground the Hornets were led by Tabor Kozuszek who finished with a team-high eighty four yards. Kash added 39 yards and scored a touchdown. Justin Aulds also had a touchdown late, to go along with 38 yards. Reid finished with 16 yards on the ground. Through the air, Kash finished 20-32 for 169 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Reid led Nashville in receiving, as he caught six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Kachuba had the other touchdown reception and 17 yards. Cameron Parker finished with sixty yards on five catches, Seth Guinup finished with five catches for 20 yards, and Reed finished with two catches for ten yards.