By Darius Cates
Friday, the Bullock County High School community had its annual homecoming celebration.
The Hornets faced the Ashford Yellowjackets. Both teams came into the competition winless so far in the season. It did not look like a night of celebration for Bullock County.
The Yellowjackets attacked the Hornets’ defense with their running game scoring two touchdowns on the ground. With Ashford putting together another scoring drive, the Hornets found themselves down 20-0 in the second quarter.
Momentum began to shift for the Hornets with a couple of adjustments made by Coach Derrick Levett.
“I noticed they kept blitzing. They were in a 4-3 (defense), but they kept blitzing outside back and were trying to blitz the middle back. I said we were going in an empty formation, and we were going to run a lot of shallow crossing because if they blitz along the end, they will not have anyone replacing so, we took advantage of that,” Coached Levett explained.
Jamal Thomas helped get the ball rolling as he marched into the endzone with a rushing TD up the middle. It was a back and forth second quarter with both teams each scoring two touchdowns.
After Ashford scored another rushing TD, Bullock County cut the lead with a touchdown pass to the speedster Jarquavious Smith.
The Hornets found themselves facing a 26-13 deficit at the half. The Hornets completely dominated the second half.
They just took away the energy of the Yellowjackets. The defense put points on the board with three interceptions (one by Dominique Graves and two by Jermarkis Parker) that all returned for Hornets’ touchdowns.
They also forced a fumble to help shut out the Yellowjackets in the second half. There was productivity on the offensive end as well. Jaymarkis Foster was able to add a touchdown of his own (with Thomas’s 2-pt conversion), and Smith scored his second touchdown from a screenplay.
The Hornets had 33 unanswered points, which ended with a 46-26 victory.
Coach Levett shared his thoughts after the win, “We did it for the community. The community has been behind us all year through the losses and the mistakes we have made. To be able to come out on homecoming and win it for everybody in Union Springs means a lot.”