Hornets Defense Stifles The Warriors

Jaxon Goforth goes up for the touchdown catch in the second quarter of the Hornets 47-6 win over Wesclin on September 13.

The Nashville Hornets football team has not really been tested early in the season. The Hornets are 3-0 on the season and has defeated their opponents by a score of 174-40. Week three saw the Hornets face off against the Wesclin Warriors. Nashville jumped out to a big lead once again and cruised in the second half to a 47-6 win. Nashville will begin Conference Play in week 4 as Anna-Jonesboro comes to town. Anna-Jonesboro is 1-2 on the season, and have been outscored 104-48 this season.

Nashville dominated the first half of the game after a slow start to the contest. Luke Ehret gave the Hornets the lead with 5:18 left in the first half, on a ten yard touchdown run. Nick Miller would add to the lead with 1:04 left in the first quarter on a ten yard touchdown run of their own.

The Hornets would put the game away in the second quarter. Nashville put four touchdowns on the board in the second quarter and took a 41-0 lead into the halftime break. Ehret scored his second touchdown of the game, a 47 yard score, to put the Hornets up 21-0. Jullian Metcalf scored from 10 yards out to put the Hornets ahead 28-0. Cole Malawy found Jaxon Goforth for a 23 yard touchdown for the first passing touchdown of the game to give Nashville a 35-0 lead. The final touchdown of the first half was a 33 yard touchdown reception by Miller to Malawy. Ocampo missed his first extra point of the season and the Hornets led 41-0 at the break.

The second half saw the Hornets run the ball to close out the game. With most of the starters out of the contest, the Hornets were content to just grind down the clock running the ball. Neither team scored in the third quarter. Wesclin finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter. After the Warriors blocked their third punt of the game, Wesclin got the ball deep in Nashville territory. Alex Peterson would plunge into the end zone from two yards out to get the Warriors on the board. Connor Gladson scored from ten yards out on the final play of the game to finish out the game. The final score showed the Hornets on top of the Warriors 47-6.

The Hornets outgained Wesclin 346-35 in the game. Hornets coach Stephen Kozuszek talked about the defense after the game. “I thought they set the tone for the game. It’s tough to get confidence when you can’t move the ball or even generate first downs. I think that wore on Wesclin a little bit in the first half, once we started putting up points and the game started to get away from them. I think they were just never get any momentum during the game.

Malawy was 10-13 for 157 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Gladson, getting the majority of the work in the second half led the Hornets on the ground with 74 yards and a touchdown. Ehret finished with three carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Metcalf ran the ball five times for 37 yards and a touchdown. Miller took his only carry of the game ten yards for the touchdown. Miller also had four catches for 61 yards and a score. Bryan Meyer had one carry for two yards. Isaac Turner caught three passes for 48 yards. Jaxon Goforth finished with two catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. Gavin Baldwin’s lone catch was for four yards.

The bleachers and student section were packed on the home sideline, something Kozuszek noted. “It was awesome. Compliment them on the atmosphere they created. If we can keep it rolling, I expect that to get better and better each week.”

Nashville has a big matchup next week as the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats come to town. Anna-Jonesboro was responsible for Nashville’s lone regular season loss last year. Kozuszek talked about the matchup. “We’re going to tell the kids this week. We were in the same spot last year. We were 3-0, went down there and got smacked in the face. We can’t let that happen. If we want to win conference, which is one of our goals, we can’t start 0-1. We have to prepare, it will be a different look. We are facing the option this week, which we haven’t really faced yet this year, so that will be a challenge within itself. I think the kids will come with a good mindset this week.”

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