By Darius Cates
On Friday, the Hornets traveled to Macon County for the annual Battle of Highway 29 game. The Hornets won three years in a row and looked for their fourth consecutive win against the Booker T. Washington (BTW) Golden Tigers.
BTW Class of 2000 graduate Coach Derrick Levett faced his alma mater. The night started with BTW honoring the seniors of the 2022 Class.
The Golden Eagles came out hot on defense. Bullock County had offensive struggles in the first half.
The Hornets could not get the passing game going, and it was tough for them to get down the field.
Towards the end of the second quarter, BTW forced a pick-6 that took away the Hornet’s momentum. Before halftime, Hornets’ running back Jaymarkis Foster was able to have a big rushing TD to put Bullock County on the board. The Hornets’ defense played probably their best game so far in the season.
Mainly in the first two quarters, Bullock County stepped up on defense (along with penalties by BTW) and just when it looked like BTW would run away with the game early. They only allowed one offensive touchdown when the Golden Eagles went over the top of the defense for a passing touchdown.
The other touchdown was a special team’s blunder from the Hornets, resulting in a BTW’s punt return. The Hornets were down 20-6 at the half.
The Hornets’ defense continued to play well in the second half, forcing two fumbles in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the offense could not capitalize on the opportunities. With the offense not being able to move the ball, Bullock County’s defense was exhausted.
One could tell by the poor tackling and mental mistakes causing penalties in clutch moments. BTW came away with a 26-6 victory.
Coach Levett spoke about coaching against his former high school and his current team’s performance: “It was a reason game. Nice family support and great atmosphere. We have to get better. There were little mental mistakes on offense, defense, and special teams. It’s the mental mistakes we have to correct, and once we correct those things, we’ll be better.” The Hornets will have a chance to correct those mistakes Friday, Oct. 1, at Dale County. The kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.