By Darius Cates
Friday, the Bullock County High School Hornets had their home opener versus the Tigers of Straughn High School. This was the first time competing on the field after last week's game against Central-Hayneville was canceled due to Covid-19 tracing with the Lions.
Bullock County had a tough time stopping the Tigers' running game in the beginning. They had a difficult time plugging up the holes and could not get an edge rush. The Hornets' defense had trouble wrapping up on tackles, resulting in Straughn having huge gains on the ground.
The Tiger's quarterback was able to punch it in the endzone twice in the first period. The Hornets' defense did step up in the second quarter thanks to the big plays of the defensive lineman Jy'Quvious Lee and linebacker Jamal Thomas. With their hustle and on-field leadership, the Hornets could keep the Tigers scoreless in the second quarter.
On the other side of the ball, the Bullock County Hornets were able to get their own running game going. Running Back Jaymarkis Foster cut the lead bursting 70-yards to the right side for a touchdown. By the half, Bullock County cut the lead 12-6 on the board.
At the start of the second half, the Hornets came out on fire with a kickoff return for a TD from the birthday boy Jarquavious Smith and a successful 2-point conversion by Foster. In that brief moment, the Hornets took a 14-12 lead. The defensive problems Bullock County had in the first period came back to bite them again.
Things would get worse for the Hornets' defense in the third quarter when Jamal Thomas suffered body cramps from the neck down. He was rushed to the hospital by private truck. "His whole body from the neck down was cramping. He could not move. They had to give him two bags of IV later," said Coach Derrick Levett.
Bullock County could not continue to get the offense moving with penalties and turnovers.
The offense was able to score late in regulation with a Jarquavious Smith touchdown reception. The Hornets showed much improvement, but with fatigue problems, they took a 47-20 loss to Straughn.
Coach Lavett commented about the game, "We conditioned every day last week. We were getting them in football shape. We knew we had a tough fight on our hands, and we also knew we couldn't make the minor mistake we made if we were going to be successful. The offense showed great progress this week from the first game. The defense played lights out. Fatigue just got the best of us tonight."
The next Hornets game will be at home versus the St. James Trojans Friday at 7:00 p.m.