The Huntland High School Hornets beat the Cascade High School Champions 30-6 on the road Friday for their second win of the season.
The Hornets did most of their scoring in the first half while their defense slowed down the Champions throughout to secure the victory.
Huntland head football coach Bob Robertson said his defense put up a strong performance while his offense was able to capitalize on the chances that were presented.
“I was proud of our kids. I thought we played really hard,” Robertson said. “We played really good defense and we took advantage of the opportunities we had on offense.”
The first few drives of the game ended in punts with neither team moving the ball too much. The Champions were the first team to make a mistake as their returner muffed a punt to give the Hornets excellent field position late in the first quarter.
Cameron Reed broke off a long run a few plays later to give the Hornets a 7-0 lead.
The touchdown would be the first of many for Reed as he broke off a 66-yard run on the next possession for the Hornets to give them a 14-0 lead with less than 10 minutes to go in the first half.
The next drive for the Hornets nearly stalled on a long third down in Cascade territory, but Payton Reed connected with Kolbi Stewart on a swing pass for a 34-yard gain which extended the drive.
Cameron Reed ran the ball into the end zone a few plays later to make it 21-0 with just 39 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Hornets’ defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing drive to force the Champions to punt, and a high snap on the punt resulted in a fumble that gave the Hornets possession at the opposing 4-yard line with seconds remaining in the half.
Abraham Morris nailed a 21-yard field goal to tack on three more points to the lead.
Robertson said that being able to take advantage of moments like the muffed punt and the fumble near the end of the first half were important for his team.
“That’s one of those things you’ve got to do if you’re going to win a tough football game,” Robertson said. “I thought we took advantage of every opportunity we had tonight.”
The Hornets led 24-0 at halftime.
The Champions opened the second half with a drive that lasted more than nine minutes, but they would not score on the series as the Hornets forced and recovered a fumble.
The Hornets later fumbled the ball right back to set up the lone touchdown for the Champions on the day. The score would make it 24-6 with 9:33 remaining in the final quarter.
The Hornets recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt and Cameron Reed broke off a 45-yard touchdown run on the very next play for his fourth and final touchdown of the contest.
The defense of the Hornets made one more stop with a turnover on downs later in the quarter, and the offense ran out the clock from there to finish off the 24-point win.
Cameron Reed finished the game with 230 rushing yards and 14 receiving yards to go along with his four touchdowns.
Stewart rushed for 36 yards and added 34 yards receiving for the day.
Payton Reed completed two passes for 48 yards in the contest.
The defense of the Hornets limited the Champions to just 139 yards of total offense on 45 plays.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 2-2 on the season.
They will next play Friday at South Pittsburg High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
South Pittsburg entered the week ranked as the No. 1 team in Tennessee for Class 1A. Robertson said that the road matchup will be an opportunity for his players to make an impact against a top team.
“We’ve got one of the biggest opportunities we’re going to have to go over and show people that we play football,” Robertson said.