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Hornets dominate Bobcats
East Central 63
South San 0
SAN ANTONIO -- After scoring nine touchdowns en route to a 63-0 win over the South San Bobcats, the East Central Hornets clinched a spot in the 2011 playoffs.
The East Central scoring frenzy began early in the first quarter as junior running back Chris Armstrong found running room and scored from 26 yards out. He later added to the scoreboard with a 68-yard touchdown run at the 1:06 mark of the first. Blayne Sells kicked both extra points for East Central, and the Hornets took a 14-0 lead into the second stanza.
The Armstrong show continued early in the second quarter as he broke loose from the Hornet 34-yard line and sprinted 66 yards for a touchdown. Sells added the point-after kick, and the score was 21-0 in favor of East Central.
After a good defensive stand, Kyle Padalecki electrified Hornets fans as he fielded a punt near midfield and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.
Hornet quarterback Jeremy Jones got involved in the scoring action late in the second quarter, as he connected with Lyle Howland for a 16-yard touchdown. The duo then reconnected on the 2-point conversion. With time running out in the half, Jones did it again, as he hit Justin Dotson for a 13-yard touchdown strike. Sells booted the extra point, and the Hornets took a 42-0 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter of play, the Hornet offense resumed its scoring ways with a 10-yard touchdown run from Edwin Dearring. Christian Jones then scored the team’s eighth touchdown of the night on a 5-yard run with 1:13 to play in the third. A pair of Sells’ kicks left the score at 56-0.
The final touchdown of the night came at the 9:44 mark of the fourth quarter, as Orlando Acevado took his one carry of the night 12 yards for a touchdown. Sells kicked the extra point and the Hornets rode out a 63-0 lead until the end of regulation.
During the lopsided affair, Armstrong led all backs with 176 yards on just 10 carries. Dearring ran five times for 43 yards, Latham Walleck carried three times for 18 yards, and Acevado had 12. Christian Jones ran once for 5 yards.
Jeremy Jones completed 3 of 6 passing attempts for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Padalecki had a grab for 47 yards, Howland caught one for 16, and Dotson caught one for 13.
The Hornet defense kept the Bobcats pinned down all night long, and even came up with three interceptions. Nicholas Coleman picked one off and returned it for 33 yards, Austin Jupe had a pick he returned 19 yards, and James Simon snatched one from the Bobcats and took it back 15 yards before being brought down.
The win solidifies the Hornets’ place at the top of District 28-5A, and assures the team a spot in the playoffs. The Hornets will be back at home this Friday, Oct. 28, as they host the Corpus Christi Carroll Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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