Call them road warriors, but not playing at home hasnâ€™t hurt Blackwell so far.
In their first three games the Hornets have had con-vincing wins at Westbrook (52-0), Jayton (32-14) and Lingleville (88-42), the last foe a late replacement when Rule cancelled a few days before it was scheduled to play against Blackwell.
But despite the last-minute change and having to make a 141-mile road trip to Lingleville, Blackwell was more than up to the chal-lenge as the Hornets racked up 544 total yards, all but 27 of it on the ground.
Blackwell was led again by Jayden Jones â€” 346 yards rushing, seven TDs â€” but also got three TDs and 124 yards from Franck Cano and another rushing TD by Ted Chambliss. Mason Magness caught a 27-yard pass for the teamâ€™s other score from quarterback Matthew Lowry.
Blackwell finally gets to play at home Friday as it faces Trent (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. It will be a one-week respite for the Hornets, who have another tough road game next week at Blanket.
Last weekâ€™s win left Blackwell as the only unbeaten team in its district (8 Six-Man, Division II) after Robert Lee was defeated by Water Valley last week. Robert Lee is currently ranked No. 10 and Blackwell is now No. 12 among all Division II teams, according to sixmanfootball.comâ€™s latest poll.
â€śIt has been fun starting off this way,â€ť said Blackwell coach Clint Lowry. â€śWe are where we should be right now, but thereâ€™s always room for improvement.â€ť
â€śTheyâ€™re gaining more (confidence) each week and having fun doing it,â€ť said Lowry, whose team doesnâ€™t start district until Oct. 25. â€śThese guys can drive you crazy with the loose approach they have, but they work their butts off every day. Itâ€™s a lot of fun, I can tell you that.â€ť