The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the South Pittsburg High School Pirates 53-7 on the road Friday for their third loss of the season.
The Hornets were not able to keep up with the undefeated Pirates as the deficit steadily grew over the course of the contest.
Huntland head football coach Bob Robertson kept his postgame comments about the loss concise and to the point.
“They played a whole lot better than we did,” Robertson said.
The Pirates started the game with the ball and broke off a long run to score their first touchdown less than two minutes into the contest.
The Hornets were forced to punt on their opening drive, and the Pirates found the end zone again on the ensuing series to take a 14-0 lead with four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
The Pirates continued to press their offensive advantage in the second quarter, adding three more touchdowns to bring the early deficit up to 35 points.
All four offensive drives for the Hornets in the first half ended in punts as they were limited to just four total first downs for the half.
They trailed 35-0 at halftime.
A majority of the second half would be played with a running clock due to the mercy rule.
The Hornets had their longest offensive drive of the contest at the start of the third quarter as they moved the ball deep into opposing territory. However, the drive would end in a turnover on downs at the 22-yard line.
The Pirates brought the ball down the field and scored another touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter to make it 41-0.
Cameron Reed gave the Hornet their lone score of the day on the ensuing kickoff when he fielded the kick at his own 3-yard line and returned it for a 97-yard touchdown.
However, the Pirates added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to stretch the deficit back up to more than 40 points as the Hornets took the loss by 47.
Reed had 36 rushing yards, six receiving yards and 177 total kick-return yards for the contest.
Kolbi Stewart had 47 rushing yards for the day and also completed a pass for six yards.
Bryson Johnson carried the ball three times for 32 yards.
With the loss, the Hornets moved to 2-3 on the season.
They will next play Friday at Lookout Valley High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.