Holy Cross scored twice in the second half during a 41-14 win over the Hornets during the final regular season football game last Friday in Louisville.
Hancock County trailed 14-0 late in the first quarter when Drew Lyday scampered 24 yards for the Hornets’ first touchdown.
Holy Cross converted a Hornet turnover into a TD in the second quarter to lead 21-6. Noah Mize finished off a drive with a 5-yard TD run later in the second period. The senior running back than added a 2-point conversion to pull Hancock to with one score, trailing 21-14.
The home team helped themselves when they scored on a long pass play with eight second remaining in the half, giving the Cougars a 28-14 lead at intermission.
Holy Cross added a TD in both the third and fourth quarters to secure the win.
Turnovers were a big factor in the Hornets’ loss according to head coach Bobby Eubanks.
“We moved the ball and we were right there in it, but we had a lot of turnovers again. It was raining and we had trouble fielding the snaps. That was the difference in the game.”
Lyday completed 1 of 5 pass attempts for 21 yards. Austin Volocko made he catch.
Lyday led in rushing, gaining 53 yards on nine runs. Logan Willis had 14 carries for 42 yards, Aiden Weatherholt had 25 yards on five runs, and Mize ran twice for 20 yards.
Jack Duncan led the Hornet defense with 13 tackles, including one for a loss and one sack. Weatherholt made nine stops, Alex Basham had seven tackles (two TFLs), Landyn Emmick had seven stops, Christian Richards had six and one sack, JT Richards and Colin Johnson had four tackles each, Lyday and Volocko had three each, Jake Frames had two, and Braydon Wathen, Aaron Garrett, Hayden Shearn and Mize all had one tackle each. JT Richards, Duncan and Basham all had one fumble recovery each.
By Steve Wimmer