Hornets pound Clarkdale 46-12 at home

The Lake Hornets invited the Clarkdale Bulldogs to their home field this past Friday night for a non-conference game, but the Hornets were not nice host as they beat-up on the Bulldogs from the beginning.

The Hornets defense turned in a solid effort only giving up 207 yards of total offense to the visiting bulldogs, and the Hornets dominated the scoring while cruising to a 46-12 dismantling of Clarkdale.

In the first quarter Lake got started quickly by scoring on a 25-yard pass when QB Mickey Parker hooked-up with Kollin Razmi just two minutes into the game. Lake would miss the PAT attempt, but that was one of the very few things the Hornets did wrong all night. After taking the ball back from Clarkdale the Hornets scored again just one minute later when D’alex Jennings broke free for a 25-yd scoring run and with the PAT Lake took a 13-0 lead with nine minutes left in the opening quarter. Not even one minute later the swarming Hornet Defense, led by Zywon Ledbetter, forced a Clarkdale fumble which Ledbetter scooped up and carried to the endzone for another Lake score. After the PAT Lake took a commanding 20-0 lead.

The Hornet defense stood strong and forced the visiting Bulldogs to give the ball back to the buzzing Hornet offense and they did not disappoint. With five minutes to go in the quarter Ethan Gray broke through the would-be Bulldog tacklers and scampered 41-yards for the third Hornet TD of the night, but once again the PAT was missed and Lake took a 26-0 lead. Clarkdale would add a late first quarter score of their own to bring the score to 26-6 at the end of the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter Ledbetter was at it again when Clarkdale punted. Ledbetter picked up the football after it started rolling after the kick. He broke a couple of tackles before racing down the sideline for a 45-yard punt return touchdown. After Will Burns added the PAT the Hornet rout was on with Lake leading 33-6 with nine minutes left in the first-half. Neither team would sustain a drive for the next seven minutes of the quarter, but with two minutes left in the quarter Lake again found paydirt when Ethan Gray scored on a 27-yard run that gave the Hornets a 39-6 lead, which is where the scored remained until halftime.

When the teams returned to the field from halftime the defenses dug in as Lake started to work in the back-ups to get some snaps. Neither team was able to muster a scoring drive until late in the third when Lake scored from 17-yards out on a run by Cornelius Mayers, and after the PAT Lake had the lead at 46-6 with three minutes left in the third quarter. The score would remain the same as the third quarter came to an end.

The fourth quarter was for the most part uneventful as Lake had the game in hand and had turned the field work over to the back-ups. Clarkdale would find the endzone one final time to move the score to 46-12 and that is where the game would end with the homestanding Hornets handing the Bulldogs from Clarkdale their third straight loss to start the season.

Lake dominated the football game from beginning to end for the second straight week, and came away with another blowout victory to move its record to 2-1 for the season. At times throughout the game Lake’s standout junior, Zywon Ledbetter, simply took over the game with huge hits on defense, picking up fumbles and returning it for a score as well as fielding a rolling point without pause and returning it to endzone for another score. Lake will need Ledbetter to remain playing at this same high level as they open conference play this week when they host the undefeated Pisgah Dragons (3-0). Pisgah is averaging better than 34 points per game while allowing less than 13 points per game on defense.

The Hornets expect to have a hard-hitting tough fought game this week as their conference foe comes calling and looking to move to 4-0 on the season. After the opening game loss to Pelahatchie the Hornets have come to life and have crushed the last two opponents by a combined score of 82-23, and they will need to keep playing at the same level, if not better, to take down the Dragons.

The kickoff for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Death Valley in Lake.