Christian Yanez and Tyce Boling scored two touchdowns each and the HCMS 8th grade football Hornets remained unbeaten on the season with a 38-6 win over Tell City here last Thursday.
“We beat a good football team,” HCMS coach Jeff Kessans said of his team. “This might have been the most efficient game we played this year. I’m really proud of the improvement of our team.”
Yanez put the first points on the scoreboard when he capped off a drive with a 4-yard TD run in the first quarter. He added a 2-point conversion and Hancock County led 8-0.
Landon Hendricks showed his receiving skills by catching a 26-yard TD pass from Kyle Anderson in the second period. Brady Eubanks ran for two and the score was 16-0.
Tell City’s lone TD came in the second on a 50-yard run.
The score was 16-6 when Yanez returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards to the end zone. The TD, followed by a Eubanks conversion, put HCMS ahead 24-6 at intermission.
Boling brought the home crowd to its feet when he scampered 73 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Boling got loose again in the fourth and finished off a 26 yard run to paydirt. Anderson scored the conversion and the Hornets improved to 7-0.
Eubanks led the Hornets rushing attack with 110 yards on nine carries. Boling gained 95 yards on four runs, Yanez had 14 yards and Graham Shearn had five.
Anderson completed 1 of 1 pass attempts for 26 yards. Hendricks made the catch.
Anderson led the defense in tackles with 8. Eubanks had 6, Dylan Mucker 4, Yanez, Brayden Roberts and Camdon Garrison all made 3.5 stops each, Hendricks, Blake Haycraft and Keegan French all had 2.5 each, Quaid Estes had 1.5, Boling and Shearn had 1 each, and Kevin Vanover, Ian Rust and Denarius Majors all had 1 assist each.
The 8th grade boys had a battle on their hands when they played Butler County here on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Hancock County rallied to win 16-6.
“This was a hard, physical game,” coach Kessans said. “Butler has some tough kids, however, having six penalties really hindered us.”
The Bears scored first on a 59-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Hornets defense shut them down after that.
Eubanks tied the score with an 8-yard TD run later in the quarter and Yanez put Hancock ahead for good when he caught a conversion pass from Boling.
Yanez gave the team some breathing room after he sprinted 24 yards for a TD in the third quarter. Boling scored the conversion run and the score was 16-6.
The Hornets defense did the job in the fourth, keeping the Butler County offense out of the end zone to secure the win.
Eubanks ran for 102 yards on 11 carries. Yanez gained 22 yards and Boling gained 15.
Eubanks racked up 8.5 tackles to lead the “D”. Yanez had 6.5 stops, Mucker had 4.5, Roberts and Anderson had 3.5 stops each, Haycraft had 3 tackles and 1 sack, Shearn had 2.5 stops, Boling had 2, Hendricks had 1.5, Majors 1, and Vanover had one assist.
By Steve Wimmer