Fortunately for Maumelle last Friday, the defense kept the Hornets in the game until the offense caught up.
With just a 14-0 lead at the half, the Hornets (5-1, 3-0 4A-4) added 21 more points and the defense recorded a shutout for a 35-0 victory over Dover.
"The offense didn’t execute well the first half, but our defense shut them down," Maumelle Coach Mike Buchan said. "I think it was a typical day of not being in school and not playing well. As time went on, I thought we played better."
While the offense sputtered early, the defense didn’t allow Dover to get into a groove. Buchan pointed out the play of Kendall Donnerson, JD Russell, Nick Ingram and DeKhourey Kin. He said all those guys are playing well on defense.
The Hornets finished with 354 total yards, including 210 on the ground and 144 in the air. Jessie Hopkins led all-rushers with 93 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Tyshun Robinson was next with 72 yards and two touchdowns on 10 attempts. Corry Cullins added a score and 43 yards on 11 totes.
Robinson completed 7-of-16 passes with one interception and two touchdowns. JB Minix caught three passes for 42 yards and a score. Braylon Waits had one catch for 36 yards, and DaRayun Canada’s one catch was good for 34 yards and a touchdown. Hopkins made two receptions for 31 yards.
"We looked good all week in practice," Buchan said. "We have a few people still injured, but didn’t play well the first half."
Friday, the Hornets travel to Subiaco (3-3, 1-2). After two losses to Pottsville and Booneville, the Trojans defeated Waldron last week, 48-25. If Maumelle wins, they will secure a playoff spot. But, Buchan says they can’t play like they did last week and expect to win.
"They are pretty good and kind of like Mena," Buchan said. "They have a quarterback who can scoot around, a big fullback and tailback that is shifty."
After this week, the Hornets face the heavy part of their schedule with Pottsville followed by Dardanelle and Booneville. While the first three conference games have been easy, they are preparing Maumelle for the end of the regular season.
"The last three games are the 800-lb. gorilla," Buchan said. "Right now, we are adding more and more on offense and trying to find some extra people on defense. The seniors and juniors remember Pottsville last year and know what is at stake."