Hornets play way into four-way tie in 3A-3
After a glitch at the end of Sept. called Rivercrest, the Harrisburg Hornets have been taking care of business on the way to a 4-1 conference record. They continued their march toward another possible 3A-3 conference championship Friday night with a dominating performance against previously undefeated Cave City, 26-7 at Harrisburg Friday night.
"We played real hard on both offense and defense," said coach Keith Davis. "We stayed real balanced and ran the ball well, especially the second half. In fact I was surprised how well we did run it, but Zac Pretty did a great job running the ball."
Pretty finished with 145 yards on 28 carries while scoring the last TD of the game.
Cave City got the ball first and moved it relatively well, but the drive finally stalled and they had to punt it to the Hornets at their 22 yard line.
Harrisburg wasted no time marching the 78 yards in five plays, quarterback Zach Davis scoring from two yards out with 5:16 remaining in the opening period. Davis lost control of the football on the conversion and the score remained 6-0.
The Cavemen were once again unable to produce any points and the Hornets took the ball back, scoring when Davis found Jake Streeter for an 18 yard touchdown. The two point conversion pass was deflected at the line, but Harrisburg had increased their lead to 12-0 with 1:21 left in the first quarter.
"The win wasn't easy," continued Davis. "We were expecting a dog fight and we had one, but things just went our way. We got the momentum in the first half and that helped us a lot. If we played 10 times they could likely win half of them."
In a game between evenly matched opponents, as the Cavemen and Hornets were, a little bit of slight of hand is often put into the game plan. That's exactly what Davis and his Hornets did for their third TD.
First Streeter was thrown for a loss and he started acting like he was about to start a fight. Davis called time out and lined the team up near the Hornet's sideline and the coach proceeded to "chew the team out."
Then once the officials blew the whistle, Davis rushed off the field. Quarterback Davis then ran over to the ball, which had been placed on the left hash mark and underhanded it to a waiting Streeter who neatly followed his blocking down the left sideline for a 58 yard touchdown.
"We told the kids we wanted to score on the huddle screen and we scored," said the coach. "Usually we don't do that great on it because people forget to block. This time it worked just right, though."
Davis then followed the score up with a conversion pass to Turner Norsworthy for a 20-0 lead with 9:05 left in the half.
The Cavemen finally got on the scoreboard with 7:22 remaining in the half when they hit a 47 touchdown pass. They kicked the PAT good to cut the lead to 20-7.
Pretty closed out the scoring with a two yard run with 1:12 left in the half to culminate a 39 yard drive. The points-after once again failed, but to set the score at 26-7.
The Cavemen almost scored again before the half ended, however, getting down to the Hornet three before fumbling away one of their best opportunities of the night.
Both teams jockeyed for real estate the second half, but the halftime score ended up as the final tally 24:00 later.
Davis finished with 194 yards on an 8 of 20 night through the air while rushing for 32 yards on two carries.
Streeter had two catches for 75 yards while Norsworthy had two catches for 47 yards, Josh Fallon 43 yards on three receptions and Zac Combs 32 yards on two carries.
Following Friday night's games, Harrisburg, Earle, Cave City and Rivercrest were all sitting with 4-1 conference records. That conference race will begin to clear up over the final two weeks of the season.
"We've got to win by 13 points from here on out," concluded Davis regarding the possibility of the Hornets finishing as the number one seed from the conference. "If we can do that we're still in the hunt. Both Cave City and us have to win out to force a three way tie. But, at the worse, we'll end up in second place in the conference if we win out."
The Hornets continue that quest as the travel to Earle for a 7:30 p.m. game Fridya night.