Generals Sting Hornets
The Hornets’ Chris “Squirrel” Varner tallied three touchdowns and ran for 158 yards, but it wasn’t enough for Hundred to get by the Montcalm Generals, who prevailed 60-20, Aug. 24, at Cosgray Field in Hundred.
The Hornets took the opening kickoff and traveled all the way down to the Generals’ 20 yard line before a fumble and a tackle for loss of yardage forced them to punt.
Montcalm started its first series at the 40 yard line. After picking up some big yardage on missed tackles, the visitors would fumble the ball ahead for a 10-yard gain. However, on the next play the Montcalm’s talented runningback went to the house from 24 yards out to grab a 8-0 lead after the two-point conversion attempt.
Varner and Brandon White saw some daylight and moved the chains. After an incomplete pass, the Hornets went to their bag of tricks and completed a 68-yard double reverse pass from Armstrong to Varner for a touchdown. But, the extra point attempt was nixed by the Generals’ fired up defense.
Jeremiah Opyoke put the lights out on the Generals’ kickoff ball carrier at the 25 yard line. After two straight Montcalm fumbles that still made first downs, the Hornets called time out to talk it over. However, a quick pass to the outside by the visitors and a nice long run that went the distance, Montcalm went up 16-6 after another two-point conversion.
Hundred moved the ball on the ground, but a Montcalm interception had the Generals back in business at midfield.
Two plays later, Montcalm went untouched into the end zone for another touchdown that pushed the Generals’ advantage to 24-6 after another two-point conversion with 2:12 left in the first period.
The combination of White and Varner moved the chains, and Varner tacked on a pair of 13-yard runs, keyed by the outstanding blocking of senior Isaac Efaw.
J.P. Hennen tacked on eight yards on a pair of four-yard runs. But, a few plays later, Varner galloped into the end zone for the score. Armstrong hit Varner for a successful two-point conversion pass to pull Hundred to within 10 points, at 24-14, with eight minutes remaining in the second period.
However, the Generals would score three more touchdowns before the half to take a commanding 46-14 lead.
Meanwhile, the Hornets lost the services of their quarterback, Brandon Armstrong, because of a broken arm that will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Varner took the snaps in the second half and scored the Hornets’ final TD of the night on a 13-yard run to close the book on a 20-point loss.
Varner had 230 total yards on the night, 158 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving. He also connected with Courtland Armstrong on a 13-yard strike.
Hennen tacked on 53 yards on the ground, while Brandon White netted 22 yards and about 80 yards from kickoffs. Armstrong completed two passes for 72 yards and two scores before getting hurt late in the first half.
Defensively, Efaw led the way with eight tackles, while Hennen and Varner each dropped five Generals.
Hundred will go on the road Saturday, Sept. 1, against Hannan at 1 p.m.