By Darius Cates
In a breezy weather with lightning filling up the skies, the Hornets traveled to the capital city for a battle versus the Trojans of St. James.
On the nineteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, both teams and schools paid tribute to the victims with a moment of silence.
The Hornets’ defense had a good start coming off strong in the secondary. Bryant Grant, one of the star players for Bullock County, came up with a great interception.
The Hornets’ offensive game was on point in the beginning with a few trick plays. Grant kept the early drive going with a big 17-yard fake punt run on fourth down.
Even though Bullock County moved the ball, they still had trouble punching it in the endzone. Down the stretch in the first two periods, the o-line had trouble protecting the quarterback and tailbacks. The receiving core had trouble escaping St. James’ defensive backs.
On the defensive side, the Hornets could not contain the Trojans running attack. St. James speed and blocking became too much too handle. St. James’ Sophomore Cosner Harrison ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
Adding on to the two TD’s, the Trojans made a 41-yard field goal putting them up 17-0 at the half.
During halftime, both teams had extra time to rest and discuss strategy. The game was delayed for 45 minutes due to heavy rain and lightning in the area. (The officials called for 30 minutes lightning delay at 8:30 p.m. but increased it to 45 minutes to be safe).
Bryant Grant continued to come up huge for Bullock County, blazing down the right side for a nice 34-yard kickoff return. It seemed like the offense was starting to spark. Hornets’ Sophomore Jay’Markis Foster was able to hit the open holes and burst into the endzone with a 5-yard touchdown (2 point conversion was no good). The Hornets’ momentum was short-lived.
St. James did not take their foot off the gas. Bullock County front seven had trouble covering the edge and putting pressure on their opponents run protection. Harrison carried on his dominance with three more touchdowns on the ground. (55 yards, 2 yards, and 8 Yards.
All kicks were good.) To end their offensive game on a positive note, Brandon Perry had an excellent run to give the Hornet’s a touchdown (2 point conversion rush was good). Bullock County fail to St. James 38-14 as the final score. The defense allowed 362 rushing yards, 248 of them came from Harrison.
The Hornets will face rival BTW Golden Eagles at home on September 18, 2020. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.