Sumter pulls away from Hornets
By Shane Gaut
The Selma Times-Journal
PLANTERSVILLE — The Dallas County Hornets were simply outmatched Friday night in Plantersville as they fell 56-0 to the Sumter Central Jaguars in their final home game of the season.
The Hornets (0-9, 0-7) could not answer Sumter Central’s (7-2, 4-2) power rushing attack or put pressure on the Jaguars offense.
“They started playing power football with us and basically just blew us off the line of scrimmage, on offense and defense,” said Dallas County head coach Willie Moore. “We couldn’t get any penetration, you can’t expect to get any penetration when the other team dictates the line of scrimmage.”
The Jaguars set the tone for the game on the first play as quarterback Roderick Harris completed a 51-yard bomb to set up a first and goal on the Dallas County 1-yard line.
One play later, Terrence Henson marched the ball across the goal line to give the Jaguars an 8-0 lead after a successful two-point conversion attempt.
The Hornets would move the ball forward three plays in a row on their first possession, but would fumble it away on the next play.
The Jaguars would capitalize on the mistake, as Harris found Julius May for a 17-yard touchdown pass making the score 16-0 after another successful two-point conversion with 8:23 left in the first.
The Hornets showed signs of life on their next possession as quarterback Juston Moreland found an open Alex Thomas twice, which set up the run on the drive as Chris Hunter and Xavier Knight were able to gain yards.
The 37-yard drive included three of Dallas County’s four total first downs, but the Hornets could not sustain the momentum and were forced to punt.
Sumter would go on to score on six out of their next eight drives and run away with the games.
The Hornets will travel to Calera for their final game of the season next Friday at 7 p.m.