By Coach Sheldon Ward
Friday night, September 11, 2020, the BCHS Hornets traveled to Montgomery to take on the St. James Trojans. After a tough first half and an hour-plus lightning delay, the Hornets could never recover.
In the first half, the Trojans received the opening kickoff and drove to the Hornets 33 yard line, with that drive failing after a Bryant Grant interception.
That set the Hornets up 1st and ten at their own 5-yard line. After three plays and having to punt, Bryant took a bad snap and scampered 18 yards for a Hornet first down.
With some momentum rolling, the drive stalled at the St. James 42 yard line. St. James then drove down and scored the game’s first points to take a 7-0 lead.
After driving and stalling on their next drive, the Hornets punted and played fierce defense on that drive, forcing St. James to punt.
Once again, the Hornets showed some promise on their next drive, but it stalled due to a fumble. St. James then drove and scored to make the score 14-0.
After a bad snap on the punt, the Hornets gave the Trojans great field position and ended the drive with a field goal. That made the score 17-0, and that was the halftime score.
After an hour-plus lightning delay, the Hornets came out with some fight and a gain of momentum; drove the field on some big plays. Quarterback Robert Williams hit Brandon Perry for a 33-yard strike, and then the ground game took over.
After tough runs by Jay’ Markis Foster and Bryant Grant, the Hornets found themselves first and goal at the Trojans six-yard line.
After a penalty backed them up to the Trojans 11 yard line, Jay’Markis Foster took the next play around the left end for the Hornets first score, making the score 17-6. The point after was no good.
Later in the third and fourth quarters, the Trojans reeled off 21 unanswered points, taking the score to 38-6. Later in the fourth, the Hornets defense stepped up, gaining two fourth-down stops. That gave the ball back to their offense.
The Hornets offense put together two drives with some big plays.
Once again, Robert Williams hit Brandon Perry for an 18-yard strike, and a big run by Foster, the Hornets were set up at first and goal.
On the next play, Brandon Perry took the ball around the right end for the final score for the Hornets as time ran out.
That made the score 38-14 as the game ended. Coach Ward stated, “We need to execute more and finish plays on offense and become more physical on the defensive side. We just have to work harder and work to get better.”
The Hornets will be at home for their first “official” home game against Booker T. Washington for the Battle of Highway 29. It is also a Region 2 Class 4A contest. The game time is 7:00 p.m.