Gainesville Daily Register

September 21, 2013

Running game powers Era to second home win of season

Staff Report

Gainesville — The Era Hornets continued to play their best football on its own turf in its Homecoming game Friday, using stout defensive and a strong rushing attack to overwhelm Bells 33-12 to get its second win of the season.

After holding a one-point lead at half, EHS (2-2) pulled ahead in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring BHS by 20 points after the break.

“We had success running the ball, and we were able to improve in many ways on the offensive side of the football,” head coach Matt Fanning said. “Our defensive line play was a pleasant surprise again, and Jose De Los Santos continued to do a great job for us at middle linebacker.”

EHS turned to the ground game for its first score, as Ty Ward scored from just outside the end zone to give Era its first lead.

 Quarterback Jacob Metzler took it from there, rushing for two touchdowns of his own and completing a touchdown pass to De Los Santtos. Ruger Pease once again had a nose for the end zone, scoring from near the goal line.

“We had some struggles because of the wet ball and field, but we did some growing up tonight,” Fanning said. “We were able to handle some adversity early on and make enough plays near the end of the game to secure a good lead and hang on to it.

The Hornets won its first home contest of the season two weeks ago when it defeated Blue Ridge.

The Hornets will try to win its second straight contest when it takes on Cooke Country rival Sacred Heart Friday.