The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Wayne County Wildcats 16-0 on the road Friday for their fourth loss of the season.
The Hornets were held scoreless for the second week in a row as the Wildcats pulled away from them in the fourth quarter of the regional contest.
Huntland head football coach Bob Robertson said his team showed some improvements from their loss the week prior, but errors would still prove to be costly for them.
“I thought our kids played hard tonight,” Robertson said. “We just made too many mistakes to win a football game.”
The Hornets advanced the ball into opposing territory on the opening series before punting the ball away after their drive stalled.
The Wildcats moved down the field quickly as they capped off an 89-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown run to put the Hornets in a 6-0 hole with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Hornets got into enemy territory again on their second drive as they put the ball inside of Wayne County’s 30-yard line before turning it over on downs.
The Wildcats slowly took the ball down the field and appeared to score another touchdown with about two minutes remaining in the first half, but the score would be called back by a block-in-the-back penalty. The Hornets’ defense took advantage of their second chance and forced an incomplete pass on fourth down at their own 9-yard line.
A long run by DJ Ford brought the ball to midfield for the Hornets, but they would be pushed backward as time ran out for the second quarter.
They trailed 6-0 at halftime.
The Wildcats seemed poised to score early in the third quarter as they quickly crossed midfield on the first drive of the second half. However, the drive would end in a turnover as Trenton Morris intercepted a pass to give the ball back to Huntland.
Morris broke off a long return on the interception, but it was completely nullified by an illegal block below the waist that pinned the Hornets deep in their own territory.
The Hornets made it across midfield again on their ensuing drive before an untimely fumble gave the ball back to the Wildcats.
After the teams traded punts to end the third quarter, the Wildcats put together their second touchdown drive as they ran the ball into the end zone to make it a 14-0 game with 10 minutes to play.
The Hornets turned the ball over on downs on their next drive with the Wildcats then punting the ball a few plays later with the kick putting the Hornets at their own 1-yard line.
The Hornets were not able to get out of their own end zone as a bobbled pitch would lead to a safety to put them in a 16-point hole with four minutes remaining.
The Hornets were able to force one more turnover as a fumble was recovered by DaShuan Reynolds with 1:43 left on the clock, but they would not be able to do anything in the time remaining as they lost by 16.
Ford carried the ball nine times for 58 yards, and Jarren Kinslow had 56 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Evan Keller completed two passes for 15 yards. Dalton Worley had three carries for 40 yards and one catch for 11 yards.
With the loss, the Hornets moved to 2-4 on the season and 0-3 in regional play.
They will next play Friday at Eagleville High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.