Hornets Win Finale
Hundred Hornet Chris Varner scored on runs of 35, 94, 70, and 50 yards, while gaining 250 yards to help propel Hundred to a 53-13 win over the homestanding Rappahannock, Va., Panthers Nov. 5.
Varner scored the first four Hornet touchdowns, while Shane Kuhn tallied the next three touchdowns on scampers of 65 and 60 yards. He also caught a 57-yard strike from brother Dalton to lead the Hornets’ victory.
The Hornets kicked off to start the game. After one Panther five-yard run, the Hornets’ Bryan Johnson would separate the pigskin from the Panther ball carrier and Jacob Watson would recover the ball. After a five-yard run by Shane Kuhn, Varner would take it to the house on a nifty 35-yard run to take a 6-0 lead early in period one.
The Panthers moved the chains a couple times before the Hundred defense rose to the occasion and forced a punt. The punt pinned the Hornets at the four yard line. But, on the first play, Varner set a new Hundred school record with a tantalizing 94 yard run to open a 12-0 Hornet advantage.
However, the Panthers would answer with an 80-yard drive that ended with a six-yard TD run to cut their deficit in half, 12-6, to end the first period of non-stop action.
After the ensuing kick, the Panthers forced a three-and-out and had the ball back in good field position to score and take a 13-12 lead.
Following a pair of runs by Shane Kuhn and a catch by Chris Shackleford, Varner got his third TD of the night on a 70-yard jaunt to get the Hornets back on top, 18-12.
After holding the home team and forcing a punt, the Hornets set out on another drive, keyed by a pair of Shane Kuhn runs and a pair of pass completions.
Dalton Kuhn rushed for 17 yards that took the visitors to the two yard line. But, Hundred lost the ball at the one yard on a fumble, ending the first half with Hundred on top.
Hundred received the second-half kickoff and, on their first play from scrimmage, Varner got loose on a 50-yard TD run.
Shane Kuhn would score three more touchdowns on runs of 65 and 60 yards and a pass reception of 57 yards on the Hornets’ next three series to break the game wide open. Dylan Murphy scored the final Hornet touchdown on a two-yard run, while Roger Stalnaker scored the final Hundred point on a PAT. Stalnaker and Zack White both tallied conversion runs in two of Shane Kuhn’s touchdowns.
Hundred accumulated 632 total yards that set a new school record. Varner tallied four touchdowns while gaining 250 yards on the ground and added 16 more yards in the air, for 266 total yards. Shane Kuhn added 193 yards rushing and 57 yards receiving for 240 total yards. The tandem of Varner and Shane Kuhn also set a school record with 443 yards rushing and 506 total yards.
Dalton Kuhn completed nine passes for 159 yards and one TD. He also ran for another 26 yards. Murphy hauled in a pair of passes for 50 yards, while Shackleford accounted for 21 yards and Thomas Preston 15 yards.
Jacob Watson forced a fumble and recovered two, while Dalton Kuhn and Bryan Johnson recovered one. The Hornets were on offense more than on defense, but Ray Yoho still managed nine tackles from his tackle position, while Shane and Dalton had six and five tackles, respectively.
“Every senior touched the ball on offense,” said Hundred Head Coach Rex Rush. “We know how it feels to have the score run up on you. We don’t have the numbers so we moved players around to play different positions. It’s a nice way for our seniors to go out with a nice win like this.”