Hornets prepare for season with jamboree win

Published 12:27am Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Dallas County Hornets upended Montevallo Friday, 15-7, in a pre-season jamobree. Although it might not count in the official records, the win marked the first for Hornets’ new head coach Barry Colburn.

Considered by some as a glorified practice, the Hornets appeared prepared, performed on the field and now head into the regular, “real” season with some momentum.

“We still have a long way to go and need to work on some fundamentals before next Friday, but we played well at times tonight,” Colburn said. “Give all of the credit to those kids and our assistant coaches, they’ve all been working their tails off.”

Dallas County’s opening drive looked promising, as quarterback Scott Cole found Justin Chandler down field for a 17-yard pitch and catch, setting up the Hornets at the Bulldog 24 yard line. But, a lost fumble on the ensuing play would kill the drive.

Montevallo would go three and out on every possession during the first quarter, but the Hornets could only muster three additional first downs.

With less than two minutes remaining in the half, the Hornet’s junior varsity squad executed a flawless half back pass for a 42-yard touchdown, making it 8-0 after the two point conversion.

Dallas County was able to put together another impressive drive late in the third quarter.

After being flushed out of the pocket, Prince Tolbert Jr. connected with Delando Atchison on a wheel route for a 26-yard gain.

Scott Cole would later carry the ball down 2-yard line, giving the Hornets a first and goal.

Jemere Jackson plowed in for a touchdown on the next play, giving the Hornets a 15-0 lead, after the extra point.

Montevallo would finally put points on the board with less than a minute remaining in the ball game.

Bulldog running back Lilly Undreaz bounced to the perimeter and raced down the sideline for a 26-yard touchdown.  The extra was good making the final score 15-7.

“As you can see we’ve got a lot to work on, but I believe we’ve taken a step forward from where we were last year, and all I want our guys to do is compete and get better every day,” Montevallo head coach Andrew Zow said. “We’re going to continue to fight and focus on changing the mentality of this football team.”

Dallas County will kick off the regular season Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., when they play host to Calhoun.

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