The Huntland Middle School Hornets beat the Flintville Middle School Bobcats 36-0 on the road Thursday for their fifth win of the season.
The Hornets fully controlled the game on both sides of the ball as they took an early lead and steadily pulled away for the road victory.
Huntland head football coach Mike Jernigan said that his team had spent plenty of time preparing for Flintville and the game was a good showing against a nearby rival.
“I thought our team played well. We had prepped for Flintville and we kind of knew what their offense was going to be,” Jernigan said. “We had our kids ready and our kids were hungry for this one.”
The Hornets set a tone for the game on the defensive end by forcing a turnover on downs on the Bobcats’ opening drive.
The Hornets then quickly went down the field with DaShuan Reynolds scoring on a long run after breaking several tackles to make it 8-0 less than four minutes into the game.
The Hornets then successfully recovered an onside kick to immediately regain possession. Harlan Pitts ran the ball into the end zone a few plays later to make it 16-0.
The Bobcats went on a long drive and got inside the Hornets’ 10-yard line but the defense of the Hornets stepped up to force another turnover on downs.
The Hornets brought the ball all the way down the field with a penalty for defensive pass interference giving them an untimed down at the end of the half. Reynolds took the ball on the untimed down and found the end zone for a second touchdown to end the half.
The Hornets led 22-0 at halftime.
They maintained their momentum in the second half as a series of long runs culminated in an Avery Foster touchdown run to make it 28-0 less than two minutes into the third quarter.
The Hornets quickly got the ball and scored one more touchdown with three minutes remaining in the quarter as Pitts scored his second rushing touchdown of the day.
The remainder of the contest would be played with a running clock as the Hornets cycled in some younger players to close out the 36-point victory.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 5-2 on the season.
They will next play Thursday at Cornersville Middle School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Jernigan said that the undefeated Cornersville Bulldogs will be an important challenge for his team to close out the year.
“It’s going to be our biggest test of the year for sure,” Jernigan said. “We can effectively go in there and pull off an upset. I really feel like we’re capable and I feel like our guys are going to be focused. Hopefully we’ll play our best game in the last game of the season.”