Hundred Wins 1st In 5 Years
Hundred’s Andrew King and Tyler Simms combined for 270 yards rushing and five touchdowns and the Hornets capitalized on five Lincoln turnovers to end the Hornets’ five-year, 34-game losing streak with a 41-0 shutout, Oct. 19 at Lincoln High School.
King went to the house on a 87-yard touchdown kickoff return to open the game. He added the two-point conversion run to give the visitors a quick 8-0 lead.
The Cougars fumbled on their third play play from scrimmage and Simms recovered, setting up a 30-yard TD scamper by King, giving Hundred a 16-0 advantage after the Chase Strum two-point conversion run that ended the first quarter of play.
King added a 20-yard quarterback keeper around the end, stiff-arming would-be tacklers for the score.
King grabbed a tipped pass from a Hundred lineman and took it to the house for a 22-yard interception return to open the second period. The conversion run failed, and Hundred led 28-0.
Neither team mounted a scoring drive in their next couple drives, until the Hornets took advantage of another Lincoln turnover with a Simms seven-yard burst up the middle for his first-ever touchdown run. The conversion run failed, but Hundred still led 34-0 heading into the final period of play.
The combination of King to Greg Jones worked perfectly for a catch and run of 50 yards, with Tyler Norris splitting the up-rights for his first-ever PAT boot to end the game scoring.
King, Simms, Norris, Justin Pletcher and Haden Delaney each grabbed a Cougar turnover, while Pletcher and Hunter Goff leading the way defensively for the Hornets with 10 tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss of yardage.
Simms finished with nine tackles and recovered a fumble, while Austin Stiles stopped a double reverse.
“Stiles stayed home like he was supposed to and made a stop that would have went for a touchdown,” said Hundred Head Coach Gregory Hostutler. “I was very pleased the way our defense started to make adjustments on their own.
“The line of Andy Howell, Richard Yocum, Hunter Goff, Nick Kirby and Norris did a very good job for us to run the ball and give King a chance to set his feet and throw the ball,” added Hostutler. “What can I say about King, he has been our workhorse all season. He isn’t the greatest passer, but he is very smart and reads the holes really well. He is a great leader and runs my system very well.
Simms is a converted lineman who has taken to being a fullback. He, like King, keeps his head up and can see the holes forming. With the addition of Strum, we have a couple guys that can keep this team moving forward.”
King ended the game with 225 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. Simms added 128 yards and a touchdown, while Strum and Justin Pletcher netted 37 and 27 yards, respectively.
King was 4-of-5 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown, with Jones grabbing two passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Pletcher caught two for 27 yards.
King ended the season with 1,173 yards rushing, in only eight games played this season.
After having no football team in 2015, and having to play a junior varsity schedule, Hundred still doesn’t know its fate.
The Hornets started the season with 23 players and finished with 22, but lose King, Jones, Goff, Kirby, Arrum Olsen and Gary Zedell to graduation.