Hundred Comes Up Short
By BRUCE CRAWFORD
The Hundred Hornets had 322-yards of offense, but 3-turnovers and a safety led to 28-points in a 28-20 home opening loss to the Federal Hocking Lancers August 30 on Cosgray Field.
After a second interception by the Hornets Skylar Shuman broke up a s would-be touchdown. The Hornets quickly coughed up their second fumble deep at their own 9-yard line, and for the second straight time Federal Hocking took advantage and scored while completing the two-point conversion pass to take a 28-20-point lead with 4:51 left in regulation.
“My kids played hard and their effort was tremendous. Our execution was not great. I told them after the game that we have to fix the little things and we will be alright,” said Coach Bryd.
After the score Hundred took the ensuing kick to the 36-yard line. The Hornets needed to travel 64-yards to score and get a 2-point conversion the tie the game. Hornets quarterback Logan Norris went right to work. He rushed for 5-yards and hooked up with Cody Soles for 19-yards and 15 more from a personal foul that put them into Lancer territory. However, the Hornets fumbled the next play, but it was recovered by their own Bryce Bartrug. Soles then hauled in a shoe-string 13-yard reception for another first down with 2:30 left on the clock.
Another Houdini type run by Norris had the Hornets knocking at the door with 1:25 left on the clock. However, after a loss of 2-yards and two-straight incomplete passes, Norris went to Soles on a fourth down catch and run for an apparent first down. Then a late hit on Soles at the 4-yard line. But, the head referee marked the ball at half the distance saying it was a dead-ball foul. After a few moments, the guys in stripes didn’t measure, and gave Federal Hocking the ball at the 4-yard line instead of the two and they ran two plays to run out the clock and get the win.
To start the game, the Hornets defense held their opponents on a three-and-out, that was keyed by a David Gray quarterback sack, and would start their opening drive at their own 29-yard line.
After a incomplete pass, Norris hit Soles for a 25-yard strike for a first down that had the huge home crowd on their feet. After a loss of 11-yards on a fumble, Martin Baker grabbed a 23-yard beauty for a new set of downs.
After a couple modest runs by Elijah Geho, the Hornet Houdini scampered for a touchdown with 5:56 left in period one. The kick was no good, and Hundred led 6-0. It was a 71-yard drive, filled with a pair of long passes and a pair of Norris keepers, including the TD.
Federal Hocking marched down the field on 10 straight positive runs by McCune and Mason Brown, but they tried to catch the Hornets napping, but Shuman picked off his first of 2-interceptions to halt a nice drive all the way to the 7-yard line to end period one with the Hornets on top, 6-0.
The Hornets was guilty of motion that backed them up to the 2-yard line.
The very first play of the second period was a tackle in the backfield for a Lancer safety to pull to within 6-2. Martin Baker drilled a beauty on the punt all the way down to the 38-yard line.
David Derby and David Gray sacked McCune for a 2-yard loss, but the McCune some-how gritted a new set of downs for Federal Hocking.
The Hornets main clog up front, Dylan Gump made a tackle for another loss of yardage, but McCune went to the air and converted a 27-yard TD pitch and catch to give the visitors a 8-6 lead.
With the score 8-6 with 6:37 left in the second stanza, the Lancers Damien Snedden stripped the Hornets Martin Baker of the ball at the 36-yard line. And after 4-straight runs, Mason Brown went into the end-zone from 15-yards out to give the visitors a 14-6 lead after the extra point kick was blocked by a hosts of Hornets.
With 4:28 left till intermission the J.D. Byrd led Hornets went right to work. After a pair of Houdini like Norris runs and a 11-yard Soles end-around got Hundred to the 2-yard line.
However, a delay of game, back the Hornets up, but on third down and long Soles made a nifty shoe-string TD catch to pull the hosts to 14-12 after the missed two-point conversion try.
With 1:35 left in the first half, Federal Hocking went right to work gaining 3-straight first downs when they ran out of time.
The Hornets took the second half kick-off, as Soles picked up 17-yards on the kick, but this time the Lancers picked-off Norris and ran it back 5-yards, with Jacob Kuhn saving the pick-six before being dropped by a swarm of Hornets.
The very next play McCune scored to extend their lead to 20-12, however, Soles ran back the ensuing kick to the house for a 73-yard run back to knot the game with the Norris to Gauge Boston two-point reception.
Norris had 92-yards on 4-13 passing and a touchdown, while picking up 132-yards rushing and a touchdown, while Soles caught 4-passes for 61-yards, and picked up 105-yards and 2-TDs on the ground. He also gained 95-yards on 3-kick returns and one touchdown.
In addition, Baker caught 1-pass for 23-yards, while Kuhn hauled in one pass for 5-yards. Boston caught one pass for 3-yards, and snagged a two-point conversion. Kuhn also gained 15-yards on a kick-off.
Also gaining yardage from the ground was Eli Geho rushing 3-times for 5-yards, while Baker gained 12-on his only carry. David Derby gained 1-yard on his only carry, while Bartug rushed for only 1-yard on four totes.
For Federal Hocking, it was all McCune and Brown on the ground, as McCune gained 100-yards, and 3-touchdowns, while Brown garnished 45-yards and a TD.
Defenselessly, Skylar Shuman made one tackle, but made two interceptions. David Derby made 13-tackles, with eight being solo stops and a pair of QB sacks, while Bartrug and David Gray each recorded 9-tackles, with Gray adding a QB sack. Kuhn and Cody Poe each recorded 8-tackles, while Dylanb Gump brought down six Lancers and made a QB sack.
The Hornets will travel the hills to take on the Cameron Dragons at Sept. 6 for a 7 p.m. kick-off.