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Hornets Top Wildcats, 30-12

By Staff | Nov 12, 2008

The Hundred Hornets finished the 2008 football season with a powerful performance, defeating the Hannan High Wildcats from Mason County 30-12 in a a sloppy senior night Nov. 7, the regular season finale for both teams.

With the rain pouring down, two very similar teams battled for the chance to end the season on a winning note. But, it was Hundred who managed to go out on top, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory in Ashton.

Hundred (2-8) took full advantage of the Wildcats’ two fumbles and missed two point conversions, while also racking up 235 rushing yards in the victory. Hannan (1-8) countered with 138 yards passing on the night.

The Hornets used a balanced attack, clock management and some sloppy field conditions to their advantage in the victory.

The visiting Hornets got on the scoreboard first when Logan McDiffitt hauled in a 27-yard pass from Dalton Kuhn less than four minutes into the game. However, Hornet Aaron Williams made it possible when he recovered a Wildcat fumble, and Chris McDiffitt bullied his way in for the conversion run.

The Wildcats opened the second quarter going 90 yards in seven plays and finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run with 9:10 remaining in the first half.

A failed attempt at the two-point conversion would leave Hannan trailing 8-6 at halftime.

The third quarter opened with each team unable to produce even a single first down on their first drive. Hundred wouldn’t falter with their second possession, however, as they chewed up six minutes with a 72 yard drive, 14 play drive. Chucky Cunningham finished off the drive with a five yard touchdown run with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter.

The momentum shifted early in the fourth quarter when the Wildcats returned a kickoff 67 yards to the five yard line.

With 8:18 left in the game, the Hannan QB tossed his only touchdown pass of the evening with a two-yard pitch and catch to cut the lead to 22-12. But, that is all the closer the Wildcats would get.

The Hannan defense continued the rally with a fumble recovery just three plays

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later, but the excitement was short lived as Hundred returned the favor by recovering a Wildcat fumble.

The Hornets finished the scoring when Kuhn found Logan McDiffitt for their second touchdown connection of the night at 4:52 in the fourth quarter.

In the rushing department, Zach Watson scampered for 104 yards, while Logan McDiffitt ran 18 yards. Phillips picked up 57 yards and Dalton Kuhn had 26 yds. Chris McDiffitt added 21 yards and tallied a two point conversion run, while Cunningham rushed for 47 yards on three carries, scored a touchdown and ran in a two-point conversion run.

On defense for the Hornets, Chris McDiffitt led with 10 tackles, two of which were for loss of yardage. He had five quarterback hurries and one QB sack. Cunningham had eight tackles, one sack and put pressure on the Hannan quarterback all night.

Phillips added six tackles, a quarterback sack and one tackle for loss of yardage. Both Dalton Kuhn and Logan McDiffitt brought down five Wildcat runners and perpetrated one quarterback sack.

The Hornets will lose four players to graduation: Cunningham, Corey Kimble, Evan Lee and Chris McDiffitt. But, a nice underclass corps will help the Hornets keep the tradition of excellence in high school football going at Hundred for years to come.