Hornets Drop 19-16 Heartbreaker To Hancock
The Hundred Hornets had 365 total yards and moved the chains 18 times, but they were on the wrong side of a 19-16 scoreboard thriller against Hancock, Maryland, Oct. 16 at Cosgray Field on the Hornets Senior Day.
The Hundred cheerleaders sponsored a Cheer-For-A-Cure, where they passed out pink pom-poms to the first 100 fans that came to the game. They also collected more than $250 for a Hornet mother who has cancer.
Hancock took the opening kick off to midfield on a nice run and moved the chains a few plays later. But, the Hundred defense rose to the occasion and took over the ball on downs.
After a two-yard run by Dalton Kuhn, Chris Varner raced 12 yards on a sweep to move the chains. Roger “Bubba” Stalnaker bullied his way for five yards, before Hornets signal caller Tyrell Watson was sacked for a seven-yard loss. However, Shane Kuhn managed to gain 11 yards and Stalnaker moved the chains on a five yard blast up the pike for another first down.
Shane Kuhn galloped 20 yards and a new set of downs. On the next play, the Hornets were guilty of a motion penalty that set them back five yards to the Hancock 30 yard line. Whereupon Watson hit Dalton Kuhn wide open in the back of the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. Watson ran in the conversion attempt, but, a penalty sent the play back they had to try it again. Watson hit Dalton on the two-point conversion pass. The drive took over eight minutes and accumulated 75 yards.
After another nice run back on the kick, Hancock moved the ball all the way down to the Hornet five yard line. Jacob Watson corralled the Hancock quarterback for a sack and Watson, and a swarm of Hornets, forced a turnover at the one-foot line, which was recovered by Bryan Johnson.
The Hornets used their Jumbo Package to move the ball out of Harm’s Way with runs by Zack White and Roger Stalnaker. But, it had to punt the ball back to Hancock, who took over at the Hornet 21 yard line with three seconds remaining in the first period.
Hancock moved the ball to the eight yard line for a first and goal. The Hundred defense held tough once more. Watson stopped Hancock for no gain and Dylan Murphy broke up a sure TD with a nice defensive effort in the end zone. On a fourth and one, Watson greeted his opponent at the one foot line to jam up another golden opportunity for Hancock.
Again, the Hornets used their Jumbo Package to move the ball. Forced with a fourth and inches deep into their own territory, Hundred went for it and got a nice push from Raymond Yoho and Jericho Parks up the middle for a new set of downs. Stalnaker moved countless Hancock defenders for a 15-yard run and Zack White did the same for a 12-yard gainer.
The Hancock defense held Hundred and got the ball back on a fumble recovery at the Hornets’ 30 yard line. After a pair of positive runs, Hancock was at the Hornet two yard line. This time they sealed the deal and knotted the score at eight with 3:44 showing on the clock.
After a nice return by Hornet Mhar Olayan to the Hundred’s 37 yard line, Hundred Head Coach Rex Rush went to his bag of tricks and scored on a nifty Dipsy-Doodle Flea-Flicker from Watson to Varner for a 64 yard touchdown pitch and catch. That doubled up Hancock 16-8, after a Watson-Varner two-point conversion pass.
On the ensuing kick, the Hornets’ Thomas Preston made a touchdown-saving tackle close to midfield. Hundred’s Chris Shackleford made a nice tackle on a nifty pitch-and-catch by Hancock. But, Hancock would be forced to punt, thanks to another nice defensive effort by the Hornets.
On the next series Shane Kuhn gained 37 yards, keyed by a nice block by Shackleford and Murphy that added positive yardage on a nice gainer keyed by a another nice block this time by Varner. With only a few ticks left on the clock, Watson connected with Shane Kuhn for a 17-yard gainer to end the half with Hundred on top, 16-8.
Hundred received the second half kick and moved the chains once, before fumbling once again. Yoho stopped the Hancock ground game to minus yardage and Stalnaker greeted Hancock at the line for no gain. Jacob Watson forced a hurried pass to require Hancock to punt.
Dalton Kuhn moved the sticks on a nice 11-yard gainer and Shane Kuhn topped that with an 18 yarder. However, the Hornet drive would stall once more on another turnover at the Hornets’ 37 yard line.
The Hundred defense turned up the pressure and tackled Hancock for loss of yardage. Dalton Kuhn also made a tackle for loss of yardage before brother Shane fell down trying to intercept a pass that went the distance to tie the game at 16.
It stayed that way for the remainder of the game until Hancock got another gift and converted on a 20 yard field goal to gain the hard-fought victory.
Hundred was its worst enemy, giving the ball back on turnovers and dropped passes an interceptions.
Shane Kuhn had 100 yards rushing, while brother Dalton added 60 yards. Stalnaker and White accounted for 60 yards rushing, while Varner and Murphy each 11 yards each.
In the passing department, Tyrell Watson had 140 yards and two TDs. Varner caught three for 73 yards and a score, while Dalton Kuhn added 60 yards on three catches. Shane Kuhn and Murphy each each hauled in one pass for positive yards.
Defensively, Stalnaker led the way with a dozen tackles, while Parks dropped 11. Tyrell Watson added eight stops, including sack, while Jade Hains and Schackleford each laid out seven Hancock players on tackles.
“We battled the whole game and our defense played exceptional other than a couple of penalties,” said Hornet Assistant Coach Dick Hayes. “Rex and I feel that if we can play defense they way we did today, without the penalties, we have a good chance to run the table and finish the season strong.”
After a bye week, Hundred will finish the season on the road against Tygarts Valley,Oct. 29 and will finish the season against Rappahannock, Va., on Nov. 5, with both games stating at 7:30 p.m.