By Darius Cates
Last Thursday, August 19, 2021, the Bullock County High School Hornets made a trip to Macon County to face the Notasulga High School Blue Devils. This was the coaching debut for Bullock County’s Head Football Coach Derrick Levett.
The Hornets would have to start the 2021 football season in inclement weather. Bullock County had a rough time keeping up with the Blue Devil’s plays from the start of the competition. It took Notasulga less than thirty seconds to score a pass play to the right side off a single coverage.
The extra-point kick was blocked. Through the first half, the Hornets had difficulties getting their offense going. Getting the ball snapped was one of the reasons Bullock County had trouble moving the ball down the field. The center and the quarterback were not in sync.
The Hornets could not connect in their passing attack with dropped easy passes to open receivers. On the offensive side, Bullock County only had two first downs, two turnovers, one fumble, and one interception returned for a touchdown and a safety.
Notasulga was able to take advantage of the Hornets’ defense with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to show their dominance. The Hornets found themselves in a huge 27-0 deficit at the half. The Hornets came out for the second half, gaining some positive plays.
To start the third quarter, Junior Jarquavious Smith had a spectacular kickoff return for a touchdown. Junior linebacker Jamal Thomas made his presence known with back-to-back tackles for loss on the next Hornets’ defensive possession.
Although the Hornets had plays that displayed great potential, they still had trouble sparking an offensive run. In the second half, the Blue Devils were able to use their running game to finish off the black and gold. They completed the game with two more touchdowns on the ground. At the end of the debut of Coach Levett, Bullock County took a 39-6 loss.
After his debut, Coach Derrick Levett spoke about his team, “We have to get better offensively and defensively. We have to pay attention to details. We have to do the assignments that are assigned to us offensively and defensively. I am looking forward to the season, and we’re going to continue to put in work and grind.”