PHELPS, Ky.- Cold, muddy, and dark; football weather!
Two historical things took place on Friday night in the town of Phelps. Two class-A teams with a multiple decade rivalry played their final game, and the Hornets recorded their first win at Marty Casey Stadium.
The Hornets know the running clock rule all too well, except this time it was the Hornets that set the clock in motion. The Hornets reached their fourth win of the season with a 48-6 win over the South Floyd Raiders. The game was sloppy and the flags stayed dirty but the win is a win and head coach David Jones will take it.
“This was a very sloppy win for us. We did okay but there are still a bunch of things we need to get lined out. Penalties, turnovers, a whole bunch of things we still have to work on but we have time to do that. But at least I can say we have learned how to tackle. My guys really had some good hits tonight and I’m proud of them for that,” said Coach Jones.
The rain poured down lightly but constant and made game play slippery. The Hornets did have seven penalties for 70 negative yards, but their offense compensated nicely. The Hornets finished the night with 284-yards on 34 total plays. The biggest chunk of the offensive yards came from sophomore RB Seth Elkins who totaled 121-yards on nine carries with two rushing TDs. Elkins was joined by senior Tyson White, who also had two rushing TDs, in handling the bulk of the Hornets rushing workload.
The Hornets got out to a quick lead when QB Garret Clevenger bobbled the snap but was able to pick it up and rush 55-yards basically untouched for his single rushing TD of the game. Although, Clevenger did not rest there; he completed one two-point conversion pass to Christian Mounts, two to Tyler Robinett, and rushed in two of his own on bootleg keepers. At the end of the night Clevenger went 4 for 6 passing for only 12 –yards but with three two point conversion completions.
The Hornets were only able to score once in the first quarter but turned on the gas before halftime. Elkins scored a close goal in the second quarter, and after the Raiders handed the hornets the ball on their own 5-yard line after a muffed snap; Tyson White was able to punch another one in.
Elkins was also able to record his sixth interception of the year on the Raiders next drive but the Hornets could not capitalize on the turnover.
South Floyd was able to score just before halftime when a lengthy drive landed them on the 2-yard line. The Raiders faced a fourth and goal situation with only 4.7 seconds remaining before halftime and Elijah Cotton bulled through for the score.
After Halftime the Hornets received the ball and on the first play of the first possession Elkins found day light again and rushed 60-yards for the score. The Hornets would go on to add the two point conversion with Robinette and get another score with a Clevenger conversion for another 16-point quarter.
The Hornets scored one more time in the fourth when misdirection took hold and Mounts rushed in 15-yards for the score on a reverse. He would also catch the two point conversion pass for the final score of the game.
Despite the Hornets sloppy offensive play, they were pretty serious on defense with the middle linebacker, two defensive ends, and four linemen getting most of the tackles. The Raiders failed to get past the Hornets front most of the night. Josh Rodgers grabbed 8.5 tackles while Jordan Wolford had eight, Adam Dotson had seven, Lawrence Mayhorn, Ronald Prater, and Preston Stump each had 4.5 apiece.
The Hornets held South Floyd to only 65-yards on 36 carries with only on pass completion for 2-yards.
Since the Hornets are playing out of district this year they have one final game left against Hurley, Va. next week. Although, the Hornets plan on returning to district play next year.
Coach Jones said, “Over-all it was a good win for us, they had been on the other side of that score too many times and it’s good we could get back on this side of it. We still have some things to work on like fumbles and stuff but when (Adam) Dotson got hurt we had to start working with a new center and there have been some issues with those guys getting on the same page. Every game we have gotten better and that’s our main goal.
The Hornets will lose five players to graduation in the off season with three of them on the offensive line. Many skill players will return and the team will not be far from where they are now. “We are hitting the off season on a very positive note. The guys are already looking into what needs to get done with a weight room schedule and other things they need to get started on. Next year we are going to have the good type of problems that every coach wants, we will have a lot of great kids back and everyone is looking forward to it,” said Coach Jones.
The Hornets will finish off their season next week against the Rebels, they have no post season hopes available this year but still have hope for next year. Amidst the rain, cold, and the darkness a bright light shown through at Marty Casey Stadium on Friday night; that was the Phelps Hornets football team making things happen for the first time in a long time against a foe who will soon be long forgotten.
Scores by Quarters:
SF: 0 6 0 0 – 6
PH: 8 16 16 8 – 48
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] on on twitter @sidplaster.)