The Huntland High School Hornets beat the Lookout Valley Yellowjackets 42-0 on the road Friday for their second win of the season.
The Hornets were in complete control on both sides of the ball as they opened up a big lead in the first half and cruised to a win from there behind a shutout from their defense.
Huntland head football coach Bob Robertson said he was proud of how his team performed coming off of an unplanned bye week due to a rainout.
“After not getting to play last week, we kind of wondered how the execution would be. Offensively, we executed and played well. Defensively, I thought we played really well,” he said.
The Hornets’ defense set the tone for the day on Lookout Valley’s first possession as they forced a punt after three plays.
The Hornets would turn the ball over on their first offensive play from scrimmage with an interception on a pass over the middle, but Huntland’s defense would get the ball right back one minute later with DaShuan Reynolds recovering a fumble.
DJ Ford would get Huntland on the board one play later as he broke off a 40-yard touchdown run to make it a 7-0 game with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.
After forcing a turnover on downs at midfield, the Hornets struck for another long touchdown as Eli Wiggs connected with Trenton Morris on a 45-yard scoring pass. The touchdown made it a 14-0 game with five minutes to play in the opening period.
The Yellowjackets were able to bring the ball deep into Huntland territory on their next drive, but the Hornets forced another turnover on downs at their 27-yard line.
The Hornets followed that up by scoring on their third straight possession as Dalton Worley broke off a 38-yard touchdown run to make it a 21-0 game with 8:40 left in the half.
The Hornets would get a short field on their next drive after a turnover on downs by Lookout Valley at the Yellowjackets’ 38-yard line. After being pushed back a few yards by a penalty, Ethan Cook would find a hole and sprint for a 40-yard touchdown to put the lead at 28-0 with six minutes remaining in the half.
The Hornets were able to add one more touchdown before halftime with Wiggs throwing a pass to Trace Morris in the corner of the end zone with three minutes remaining.
They led 35-0 at halftime.
The Hornets began to rotate their starters out of the game in the second half with the scoreboard leaning heavily in their favor. The entirety of the second half would also be played with a running clock.
“That’s huge, in the long run, to get your young kids some playing time. They go out and practice hard every day,” Robertson said. “They deserve to get in the game when the scoreboard dictates it, and I thought our second string played well.”
After both teams started the second half with turnovers, Coastlon Ringer would add to Huntland’s lead as he sprinted 47 yards for a touchdown with three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Huntland’s defense would force two more turnovers in the fourth quarter as Luke Powell picked off a pass and Trace Kilpatrick recovered a fumble. The Hornets would run out the clock from there to seal the 42-point win.
Wiggs completed all four of his pass attempts on the day for 108 yards and also added one carry for 22 yards on the ground.
Ford had two carries for 38 yards and one reception for 37 yards. Ringer carried the ball six times for 80 yards.
Cook had 52 rushing yards on three carries, Worley carried the ball twice for 39 yards, and Jarren Kinslow racked up 25 rushing yards on three carries.
Trenton Morris had two catches for 54 yards while Trace Morris caught one pass for 17 yards.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 2-2 on the season.
They will next play Friday at Collinwood High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.