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Hornets offense dominates Marshall Rams on the road
Russell Brown (14) leads the way with some blocking for Michael Sanchez (37) during the East Central Hornets’ 46-23 win over Marshall.
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SAN ANTONIO -- East Central’s new offense likes to move fast, and the Hornets did just that last Friday night at Farris Stadium in San Antonio, as the Black and Gold scored three first-quarter touchdowns against the Marshall Rams, and eventually returned home with a 46-23 victory.
Less than two minutes into the first quarter, the Hornets found the end zone for the first time on the night with a 38-yard passing strike from Jeremy Jones to Dallas Polasek. Dennis Chavez booted the extra point and East Central led 7-0. Less than five minutes later, the Hornets struck again as Jones connected with Wanya Ward for 24 paces and 6 points. Chavez kicked the extra point and the score stood at 14-0 with 5:41 still remaining in the first quarter.
The Hornet defense did its job and the offense got the ball back again in the first, and once again found the end zone. This time it was Javion Polk doing the honors, as he ran in from a yard out. The point-after attempt failed, but the lead was solid at 20-0 with 1:12 remaining in the first.
The offense scored its fourth touchdown of the game after just 1:05 had rolled off the second-quarter clock. It was Polk with his second touchdown of the game, as he ran in from 7 yards out. Chavez added the extra point, and the score stood at 27-0. Chavez added a 44-yard field goal with 6:35 to play in the first half for a 30-0 Hornet lead, and Polk later scored his third touchdown of the night on a 5-yard passing strike from Jones. With the extra point, the Hornets took a big 37-0 lead into halftime.
Marshall started the second half with the ball deep in its own territory, and the Hornet defense quickly capitalized with a safety. The 2-point play made it a 39-0 game, and gave the ball to the Hornet offense. East Central wasted little time finding the end zone for the sixth time on the night, as Polk ran in from 4 yards out. Chavez kicked the extra point and East Central led 46-0 with 8:39 to play in the third.
Marshall finally got on the board with 5:46 to play in the third, as the Rams scored their first touchdown of the night. The Rams then got a safety to end the third quarter with the score at 46-9. Marshall tacked on a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, but it was too little, too late, as East Central rolled to an easy 46-23 victory.
Senior quarterback Jones completed 12 of 26 passing attempts for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Polk was his favorite target of the night, catching four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Ward pulled in two passes for 60 yards and a touchdown, and Polasek caught two tosses for 50 yards and the opening score. Roy Mora reeled in two passes for 22 yards, Kyle Lamey had a catch for 17 yards, and Johnathan Jackson had one catch for 6 yards.
On the ground, Polk led the way with 79 paces on 13 touches. Mora also had 13 carries for 33 yards, and Jackson ran 10 times for 29 yards. Ward had a carry for 10 yards.
The Hornet defense was once again impressive, holding Marshall to just 83 rushing yards and 78 passing yards. East Central also recovered three Marshall fumbles.
With the win, the Hornets improve to 2-0 on the year. East Central will be back at Farris Stadium this week to play Brennan, though the game will be Thursday night, Sept. 12, and kickoff will be a bit earlier at 7 p.m. The Brennan Bears are also unbeaten at 2-0, and have a pair of shutout victories over Holmes (52-0) and Taft (48-0).
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