Lake downs undefeated Pisgah to move to 3-1

The Lake Hornets went on the road this past Friday night to take on the home standing Pisgah Dragons. The Dragons were 3-0 on the season and were looking to keep their record perfect, but the visiting Hornets had different ideas, and by the end of the night Lake would give the Dragons their first taste of defeat this season.

Just as expected, this was a hard-fought game and both teams had to work hard to earn every yard it gained and every point put-up on the scoreboard. The Hornets and the Dragons both had opportunities, both made big plays and big stops on defense, but in the end the visiting Hornets made more plays when it counted, and their defense stood tough when it mattered most in earning a 21-17 victory.

The first quarter started with both teams working the ball into each other’s territory, but it was the Dragons that would score first and give their home crowd what they came to see. After moving the ball into Lake territory Pisgah rolled the dice and went for it on fourth down and five to go. The Dragons executed a screen pass that gained 19 yards and had them in business deep in Lake territory. Just as they would numerous times throughout the game, the Hornets’ defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Dragons’ drive in the red-zone. After the drive sputtered to a halt Pisgah made a 40-yard filed goal to take an early 3-0 lead.

Soon after Pisgah put the first points on the board Lake would answer by finding paydirt on a Zywon Ledbetter 50-yard touchdown reception and taking the lead 7-3. That score would remain the same as the first quarter came to an end.

The second quarter saw both teams move the ball, but each drive would eventually stall before finding the promise land and ending with points. That was until Pisgah put together a drive that would end with a 11-yard touchdown run that gave the home team a 10-3 lead that they would protect and head in to halftime with a four point lead.

After the half both teams had numerous opportunities but were not able to capitalize on most of those chances. Many believed the Hornets and Dragons were evenly matched entering this football game, and the teams proved these thoughts true as they practically mimicked one another the entire night. On offense the homestanding Dragons gained 318 total yards while the visiting Hornets gained 316 yards, and the teams would go blow-for-blow like prize fighters refusing to go down. Each team would put together one scoring drive in the third quarter as each added a touchdown. The third quarter ended much like it began with homestanding Pisgah holding onto a slim 3-point lead at a score of 17-14. This game was destined to be won by plays made in the fourth quarter and that is exactly how it played out.

As the teams took the field for 4th and final round they both understood that the team that made the most plays over the final 12 minutes of action would walk away victorious. Everyone in the stadium knew each team had to play every single play just like it was the most important play of the game.

As time in the final quarter ticked down, the Hornets would silence the home crowd when they put together the drive that ended in the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown, and what would ultimately end up the winning touchdown. At the time the Dragons did not believe that and with time running out they put together one last drive. The final drive started inside their own 15 yard line but with consecutive pass completions and a fourth down and long conversion Pisgah quickly worked their way deep into Lake territory. The home team put forth a valiant effort until the very end, but the Hornets’ defense rose to the challenge and denied them from crossing the goal line.

When the final whistle sounded the Lake Hornets had held on for a hard earned 21-17 victory to move to 3-1 on the season.

After dropping the first game of the season at Pelahatchie, the Hornets have won three straight games and will be looking to make it four straight wins this week. They will be on the road again this Friday night when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Choctaw Central. The Choctaw County Warriors are winless this season with a record of 0-4, but the Hornets know they are in-store for a tough road game for the second week in a row. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Warrior field on Choctaw Central Campus.