Hornet’s offense looks to be explosive
Huntland Hornet football fans have to be drooling at this point upon watching the Hornet’s offensive prowess this spring.
After erupting for over 800 offensive yards in a scrimmage against Collinwood High School last Friday, expectations were high heading into Wednesday’s scrimmage in Lynnville, TN against the Richland High Raiders.
Set the expectation bar high, and the Hornets seemed to become pole-vaulting champions with Wednesday’s performance, scoring every possession except for once.
One play would be all the Hornet’s offense would need, as quarterback Evan Ray connected on a deep pass to wide receiver Kobe Foster for an 80-yard touchdown strike.
Foster, who hasn’t played since middle school, has been exceptional through the spring. He will surely be an impact player come this fall.
Despite holding the Raiders to a few third-and-longs, the Hornet’s defense allowed a score.
Back at work was the offense, and it didn’t disappoint. This time a combination of six runs and a 20-yard slant pass from ray to foster accounted for the 80-yard drive.
The touchdown was scored via an 11-yard run from upcoming junior D.J. Taylor. Running back Tyler Smith had a few impressive runs on the drive.
Another long Richland drive helped the raiders score again. Just a week ago the Hornets defense had allowed just two scores to Collinwood, but struggled early on Wednesday against the raiders.
The Hornet’s offense made it three straight scores thanks to a long run by Cole Ashley.
Huntland’s offense was a team effort during Wednesday’s scrimmage against Richland. Shown here Bailey Brown lays down a thunderous block on a Richland Raider, springing running back Cole Ashley free for a long touchdown run.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris
Huntland’s defense bounced back and got their first stop of the game the following Raider drive. A huge sack by Bailey Brown put the raiders into an unmanageable fourth-and-long.
Coach Bob Robertson called for the second team offense on the next possession, but the results didn’t change.
Dakota Stewart used a misdirection run to the weak side of the field, got into the open, and ran 63 yards for a Hornet touchdown.
Huntland’s next offensive possession, again with the second team, was the only unsuccessful one of the scrimmage. A lost fumble gave the ball back over to the Raiders, but the Hornet’ defense stood tough.
The defensive hold ended the full field portion of the scrimmage and the teams moved 20-yards from the end zone, to work on redzone offense and defense.
With the change, the Hornet’s first team rejoined the field on offense. Huntland wasted no time with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ray to Taylor.
In the same situation, the Hornet’s redzone defense stood tough holding the Raiders on fourth down for a turnover.
Huntland’s offense took the field once again with more impressive results. Ashley had a 13-yard run that pushed the ball to the 1-yard line, and Smith punched it in.
With Smith’s score, he became the sixth different Hornet to score on the day.
The next possession by the Raiders would be the last of the day, and a triumphant victory for the defense.
After allowing the Raiders to get down to the 1-yard line, the Hornet’s were backed into a corner.
First-and-goal from the 1-yard line didn’t seem to worry the Hornet defense. They battled out of the situation to set up a fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line.
The Raiders went for it, but failed to convert as the Hornets defense read the play from the beginning, and wrapped up a very successful scrimmage.
Huntland’s offensive success belongs largely to the excellent play of the offensive line. The O-line sustained a good push all day, opening holes for the running backs, and giving free time to quarterback Ray.
Still quite a long time from now to fall, but as the saying goes, so far so good for the Huntland Hornets.