By Darius Cates

On September 16, 2022, Bullock County High School matched up against the Dale County Warriors. The Hornets came in with a two-game losing streak. While the Warriors came to Union Springs in search of their first win. Bullock County played without one of their key players, senior running back Jay’Markis Foster.

“One player shouldn’t make a difference,” said Coach Derrick Levett. It was a game of gritty, hard-hitting action on the gridiron. It started rough for the Hornets’ offense. B.C. could not get into a rhythm in the first quarter. The Hornets had trouble plugging in the hole against the run game and screen pass on defense.

Bullock County trailed the Warriors 15-0 in the first half. Suddenly the Hornets started to find their spark. Quarterback Dominick Graves threw for two touchdowns to Everett Levett, Jr. down the middle and Jay Smith, which cut the Warriors’ lead. Dale County continued to run the ball down the middle of the Hornets’ defense. BCHS trailed 22-12 at the half.

During the second half of the game, the Hornets’ offensive struggles began to reemerge. It got more unfortunate when Jay Smith got injured in the third quarter after being tackled by two Warriors’ defenders. The Hornets continued to move the chains as Graves threw a pick-six with 4:48 left in the game. In the final minutes of regulation, G’marrion Jones took it over 40 yards to the house with a big rush.

Bullock County took a tough 29-18 loss. Coach Levett spoke about what needs to be done for the rest of the season. “We need to tackle well, minimize the plays, and play as a team.” Bullock County will have their homecoming game versus the Red Level Tigers. Kickoff will start at 7:00 p.m.

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