Hornets crushed by Volunteers 60-0

Published 1:32 am Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dallas County’s Deondre Surles makes a diving attempt to tackle a Central-Clay County Volunteer running back Friday in Plantersville. -- Shane Gaut

PLANTERSVILLE — The Dallas County Hornets (1-1, 0-1) failed to pull off the upset Friday in a regional contest in Plantersville, dropping their first loss of the season to an extremely talented Central Clay County team 60-0.

“Central Clay’s a good team,” Dallas County head coach Chris Littleton said. “We made some mistakes and did some things we shouldn’t have, but there’s a reason they’re ranked number four in the state.”

The battle was won in the trenches and by a very stingy Volunteer defense. The Hornets simply did not have an answer for the Hornet’s defensive line and secondary.

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The Volunteers (2-0, 1-0) forced two Dallas County fumbles and five interceptions, which resulted in 41 points off of turnovers.

“We’re just going to have to put this one behind us,” Littleton said. “We know there are good things we can do. We won last week and we plan to get our first region win next Friday when we travel to Valley to play Beulah.”

The Hornets received the ball to begin the contest but a bad snap resulted in a turnover on the first play from scrimmage.

The Volunteers were able to punch it in the end zone on three consecutive rushes, quickly putting Dallas County behind 7-0.

The Hornets were able to move the ball on their next drive, highlighted by a 35 yard pass to Jamarius Barnett. Unfortunately a false start followed by an interception stalled Dallas County’s progress. Central Clay County would score again on two of their next three possessions making it 21-0.

The Hornets’ most impressive drive of the evening came with less than three minutes remaining in the first half. Four rushes by Xavier Knight and a catch by J’Quan Carter got the Hornets to the Volunteer 17 yard line with seconds remaining.

However, this turnover bug bit again with a 100 yard interception return for a touchdown by Central Clay’s Devin Gaddis, ending the half with a score of 27-0.

The Volunteers eventually ran away in the game during the third quarter.