Hornets off and running

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 14, 2007

See Matt Cooper run. Run, Matt, run. See Frank Delawder run, too. Frank likes to run. See Jacob and Shane Jenkins run and run. They like to run with Matt and Frank.

Running the football has always been the Hornets favorite past-time and this season is no exception. In fact, the Hornets are using more running backs than in the past.

That’s bad news for the Lucasville Valley Indians who have only two players returning on defense this year and travel to Coal Grove for a non-league matchup.

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Valley comes into the game 1-1 and the Hornets are 2-0. The Indians beat Piketon 21-0 but lost last week 27-7 to Rock Hill, another Ohio Valley Conference game.

Fairland at Green

Both teams enter the game 0-2, and Fairland coach Brent Wilcoxon is aware of the importance of the clash.

“We really need a win,” said Wilcoxon. “Our schedule is so tough, we need a win to get some confidence. I just hope we’re healthy enough to play.”

Fairland relies on its passing game led by quarterback Cole Hatfield. Green prefers its running game featuring James McGuire and quarterback Matt Clark.

Rock Hill at Oak Hill

This will be another game of contrasting styles.

Rock Hill (2-0) uses its running game led by Wes Pierson who has gained more than 100 yards in each contest.

Oak Hill (1-1) is guided by quarterback Jesse James Slone, a.ka. The Gunslinger. Slone is 35 of 50 for 424 yards on the season. He has completed passes to seven different receivers.

But the Oaks have a running game, too. Fullback Chris Dupree and wingback Pete Fisher combined for 265 yards last week. Dupree had 15 on 15 carries and Fisher 100 yards on 16 attempts.

Slone was 12 of 17 for 129 yards.

The Oaks also like to use Wes Hale and Bobby Kidd at wingback in their running game.

Waverly at South Point

Waverly (2-0) went 10-0 last season and returns most of its lineup, especially quarterback Trevor Walls.

In a 42-7 rout of Jackson last week, Walls was 12 of 16 for 234 yards and three touchdown passes while Derek Roback had 132 yards receiving.

Waverly won its opener 49-7 after building a 42-0 halftime lead against Zane Trace.

Walls was 6 of 8 passing for 145 yards and two scores to help the Tigers open up a 42-0 halftime lead.

South Point has not scored this season, losing 34-0 to Johnson Central, Ky., and 23-0 at Wheelersburg.

The Pointers played well defensively last week, but the offense could only move the ball on the ground and not through the air.