Hornets Fall To Gilmer County, 39-18
The Hundred Hornets scored three touchdowns, but fell 39-18 to Gilmer County at Cosgray Field Friday, Oct. 17.
A good crowd was on hand at Cosgray Field to watch the underdog Hornets take on the Gilmer County Titans.
Despite the final score, the host Hornets were in the game and were down 25-18 late in the third period when everything went south. The Hornets’ jumbo unit was in during all three Hundred touchdowns. The first Hornet score came after a long drive with Zach Phillips the recipient of the first Hornet TD. Thanks to a three-yard touchdown run. Dalton Kuhn, subbing for the injured quarterback Corey Kimble, had his troubles, but kept the Hornets on the prowl most of the night and scored the second touchdown from 65 yards out. Kuhn went wide on a bootleg and when he gets moving not too many defenders can track him down. That proved true as he gottouchdown number two.
On the Hornets’ third touchdown Logan McDiffitt went around the end and went untouched for the final Hundred touchdown, some 35 yards away.
“We moved the ball very well, but our tackling wasn’t up to the standards and Gilmer broke loose on some nice runs after we held them. But, arm tackling doesn’t get it done, and when you don’t tackle and give the ball away, you can’t win very many games,” said Hornet Head Coach Rex Rush.
Logan McDiffitt had 72 yards receiving, while Zach Phillips added 46 yards. Zach Watson and Tyrell Watson each got 30 yards while Dalton Kuhn added 20. On the ground, Zach Watson led the way with 86 yards, while Logan McDiffitt added 55 yards and a TD. Dalton Kuhn netted 44 yards and a touchdown. He would have had a lot more yardage, except for all the lost yardage on quarterback sacks. Phillips followed with 23 yards and a touchdown.
“Our defense concerns me, we are arm tackling instead of sticking and hauling them down,” said Hornet Head Coach Rex Rush.
Chuck Cunningham and Zach Watson led the team with 13 tackles each, while Dalton Kuhn and Chris McDiffitt added eight apiece. Roger Stalnaker and Logan McDiffitt each recorded seven tackles and Ethan Koontz and Chris McDiffitt each recorded a quarterback sack. Evan Lee recovered a fumble for the Hornets.
“It was a good game, until the fourth period when we had to force the action and turnovers started to come,” added Rush.
The Hornets had an open week before finishing the season on the road at Tygarts Valley and Hannan, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, with both games set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.