By DERRELL COMER
The Era Hornets ran their season record to 6-2 and evened their district record at 1-1 with a 28-6 victory over the Blue Ridge Tigers on senior night at Blue Ridge Friday.
The Hornets’ defense created three Tiger turnovers and the Hornets’ special teams blocked a punt to set up a score while the Hornets’ offense got back on track behind a strong performance by Nathan Metzle,r who was making his second start of the season at quarterback in place of his injured older brother.
The Hornets opened the scoring in the first quarter at the 5:20 mark on a 7-yard touchdown run by Trey Dunn. With the successful PAT by R.J. Metzler the Hornets led 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff return Daniel Kirby recovered a Tigers fumble setting the Hornets offense up at the Tigers 26-yard line. The Hornets needed just two plays to score another touchdown on a 19-yard run by Nathan Metzler. With the successful PAT by R.J. Metzler the Hornets led 14-0 with 5:05 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers got on the board in the second quarter as Mike Ladner capped a 10-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:23 remaining in the first half. The kick on the PAT sailed wide left and the Hornet lead stood at 14-6.
After a scoreless third quarter the Hornets struck again in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Nathan Metzler. With the successful PAT by R.J. Metzler the Hornets had extended their lead to 21-6 with 7:50 remaining in the game. The touchdown drive was setup by a blocked punt by Hornet Tim Whitlock which set the Hornets’ offense up at the Tiger 21-yard line.
The Hornet defense continued to play well and forced another Tiger turnover as Justin Lance recovered a Tiger fumble at the Hornets 45-yard line. The Hornet offense then went back to work and put together an 8-play, 55-yard touchdown drive while eating up 3:31 off of the clock. The drive was capped by another touchdown run by Nathan Metzler from 20 yards out. With another successful PAT kick by R.J. Metzler the Hornets had extended the lead to 28-6 with 2:03 left in the game.
After another stop by the Hornets defense the Hornets offense ran the victory formation to run out the clock and end the ballgame.
Nathan Metzler led the offensive attack for the Hornets rushing for 133 yards on 22 attempts and three touchdowns while also throwing for 49 yards while completing 5 of 11 pass attempts without an interception. Trey Dunn led the Hornets receivers with two receptions for 12 yards.
Shane Williams led the Tigers offensive attack with 88 yards rushing on 15 attempts.
By DERRELL COMER
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