Hornets Drop Finale
Hundred Hornet Chris Varner set several school records Oct. 26 when he rushed for 211 yards and scored two touchdowns against host Tygarts Valley to establish a new bar of 1,539 yards and 21 TDs.
However, it went for naught, as Tygarts prevailed 46-22 and the Hornets fell to 0-10 on the season.
But, two tragic and criminal events just before the scheduled kickoff may have been a harbinger that all was not well.
As Hundred fans arrived in the rural Randolph County community of Mills Run, West of Elkins, there was an armed robbery at a local fraternal organization and at the field a Tygarts Valley High School student was fatally stabbed – the apparent result of a confrontation earlier with another Tygarts student.
Police shut down the field, allowing no one in or out. In some 10 minutes, the Tygarts coaching staff had cornered the suspect and turned him over to law enforcement. The victim,
The game then got underway, only 10 minutes later than scheduled. The teams were tied at 14 in the second period, when Hundred’s Brandon White caught a Varner TD pass of 36 yards and Andrew King caught the two-point conversion. Varner also scored another TD on a 32-yard run and a two-point conversion by Isaac Efaw.
However, Tygarts Valley pushed the score to 30-14 before the break. In the third period Varner set another school record with a dazzling 98-yard TD run for the school’s longest run from scrimmage. However, Tygarts would score two more touchdowns to gain the nod.
Varner paced the Hornets with 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while tossing another. J. P. Hennen added 56 yards rushing, Tyler Koontz tacked on four yards and Efaw added two yards.
In the air, Varner completed two passes to White for 64 yards and a touchdown, while King hauled in one aerial for three yards.
Defensively, Varner made a team-high 14 tackles, while Hennen added 11 and White stopped nine. Koontz and Rocky Tennant each recorded seven tackles.
Varner now holds the school record in several areas: most yards rushing in one game (288 yards against Paden City); highest rushing average per carry in a single season, with nine yards; most TD’s in a game (six against Paden City); most rushing TD’s in a season, 21; longest run in a game (98 yards against Tygarts Valley); and most punting yards in a single season, 36 for 1,035 yards total.
Varner, Hennen, Efaw, and Koontz will each graduate in the spring, but Hundred will return 19 players, including five juniors and 11 sophomores.