Kolbi Stewart

Huntland's Kolbi Stewart cuts to the outside on a run play during a scrimmage Saturday against Cornersville High School. Stewart scored the lone touchdown of the day for the Hornets in the 10-7 win.

The Huntland High School Hornets beat the Cornersville High School Bulldogs 10-7 at home Saturday in a preseason jamboree contest.

The shortened exhibition game was split across two halves with each period lasting for 12 minutes. The scrimmage was the final step for the Hornets before they open their season on Friday.

Huntland head football coach Bob Robertson said that he and his team will analyze the footage from the scrimmage to figure out what they will need to improve on before the start of the season.

“We had a lot of good things and we had some bad things,” Robertson said. “We’ll watch the film this weekend, we’ll get to work on that Monday and we’ll get ready for Eagleville.”

The Bulldogs got deep into the Hornets’ side of the field on the opening drive, but the defense of the Hornets forced a turnover on a fumble. River Dotson recovered the fumble for the Hornets.

The Hornets then went on a lengthy drive which ended in a touchdown run by Kolbi Stewart on the first play of the second period.

The Bulldogs responded with a five-minute drive that resulted in a touchdown of their own to tie the game with seven minutes remaining.

The Hornets took their time on their final drive as they were able to push the ball deep into enemy territory before being stopped one yard away from the end zone.

The Hornets elected to kick a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the one, and Abraham Morris nailed the 18-yard kick to give the Hornets the lead with 11 seconds to go.

The Bulldogs were able to bring the ball across midfield in the final seconds, but their quarterback was tackled well short of the end zone on the final play to give the Hornets a win in the exhibition.

Robertson said that one of the things his players will most need to improve on before their first game is their tackling.

“We’re definitely going to have to be a better tackling team that we were tonight,” Robertson said.

The Hornets will open their season on Friday at home against Eagleville High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.