The Huntland Middle School Hornets beat the rival Moore County Middle School Raiders 46-6 at home Thursday to open the season.
The Hornets took the lead seconds into the game and never looked back as they won in convincing fashion.
Huntland coach Mike Jernigan said the fast start was a major goal for his team in order to set the tone for the night.
"I was very pleased with our effort from the very beginning. Our goal was to come out with a lot of energy and intensity," Jernigan said. "That was our plan and we worked it to perfection."
The Hornets started the game with possession and Bryson Johnson broke off a long run on the first play from scrimmage. DJ Ford finished the drive on the next play by running the ball in for a touchdown 19 seconds into the game.
The Hornets scored again on their second drive with Johnson as the scorer to take a 16-0 lead with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.
The defense of the Hornets came through with a blocked punt on the ensuing drive by the Raiders which set up another touchdown run by Johnson to make it 24-0.
The Hornets' defense was all over Moore County throughout the game, consistently hitting them behind the line of scrimmage.
"Our linemen and defensive ends did a great job tonight. We switched our defense up a little bit and went with a five-man front tonight," Jernigan said. "Our linebackers played extremely well tonight. They were making probably 70 percent of our tackles if it wasn't a sack and that's a good thing."
Johnson racked up his third rushing touchdown 15 seconds before halftime to give the Hornets a 32-0 lead.
The Hornets didn't let up in the second half as their defense forced a turnover on downs to open the third quarter. This set up a touchdown pass from Johnson to Evan Keller to push the lead up to 40-0 midway through the third period.
The Raiders were able to respond with a long touchdown run for their lone score of the day.
However, the Hornets were the last team to score as Ford broke off a long run of his own for his second touchdown of the game.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 1-0 to start the season.
They will next play Thursday at Highland Rim Middle School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.