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Hornets Spanked, 67-12 In Opener

By Staff | Aug 31, 2011

Hornet Dylan Murphy (#5) barks out signals while Thomas Preston (#7) and Mhar Olayan get ready.

Clarksburg Notre Dame tallied 40 first-half points and would go on to spank the Hundred Hornets 67-12 in a mutual season opener.

After falling behind by a pair of TDs, the Hornets lost their star tailback, Chris Varner, to an ankle injury on the first play of their second possession. Varner did not return to the game.

A Thomas Preston 30-yard run set up the Hornet’s first touchdown drive when QB Dylan Murphy galloped seven yards on a bootleg into the end zone.

The Hornets last score of the game came late in the fourth when Preston took the ball to within 21 yards of paydirt with a nice 40-yard scamper. Tyler Opyoke finished the drive on a miss direction play for 21-yards.

“When Varner went down, it took the sails out of the offense,” explained Hornet Head Coach Rex Rush. “However, Preston and Murphy did an excellent job in their first start of the season and our team regrouped and fought to the end. Notre Dame has a big and strong front line that is fast and quick.”

Preston paced the Hornets offensively with 115-yards rushing, while Mhar Olayan followed with 45 yards. Murphy added 24 yards and a TD on eight carries, while Opyoke tacked on 21 yards and a rushing TD.

Murphy connected on four aerials for 28-yards. Preston caught two passes for 13-yards, while Varner hauled in one pass before being injured for 12-yards. Defensively, Jacob Watson paced the Hornets with six stops and a blocked a field goal attempt.

Hundred will take on Hannan at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 at Cosgray Field in Hundred.