Nolan County’s two six-man Hornet football teams kept the scoreboard very busy on Friday, but when the dust settled Blackwell was the only winner as Coach Clint Lowry’s team improved its record to 3-0.
Blackwell made the trip to Lingleville (2-1) and came back with an 88-42 victory.
Hornet running back Jay-den Jones had a huge night with 346 yards rushing on 24 carries and seven TDs. He also had 11 tackles from his linebacking position.
Franck Cano ran for three touchdowns and finished with 124 yards rushing. Ted Chambliss also had a rush-ing TD, while quarterback Matthew Lowry, who threw only two passes all night, connected on a 27-yard toss to Mason Magness for the other Blackwell score. Wade Allen kicked eight PATs.
Blackwell ended the game with 544 yards offense, in-cluding 517 rushing, on 47 snaps. On defense, Cano also had 11 tackles to share the lead with Jones and he, Magness and Ethan And-rews all recovered fumbles for Blackwell, while Chambliss had an interception for the Hornets.
Highland (0-3), meanwhile, got four TD passes from quarterback Jacob Richburg but still fell just short in its home opener, losing a 72-66 decision to Loraine (3-0). Highland running back Michael Hyde finished with 195 yards rushing and two TDs in his first start of the year after sitting out due to injury.
Shelby Howard also ran for a touchdown and caught a pass for another, while Seth Wood caught two TD passes from Richburg (10-of-23, 155 yards) and Soedarsono caught TD passes from both Richburg and Ethan Wilson. He had five catches for 68 yards, while Howard and Wood caught three passes and Laramie Thompson one for Highland. Howard and Eli Shelton had 31 and 24 yards rushing, respectively. Loraine out-gained Highland 525-406, however, and trailed only once.
But Highland kept things interesting all night, never trailing by more than 14 points. On defense, both Howard and Wilson had interception returns for TDs. Howard also had eight solo tackles and three assists; Soedarsono had six solo tackles, three assists and two sacks; Hyde had seven solo tackles and two assists; and Richburg had six solo tackles and five assists for the Hornets.