Fortunately for Maumelle, the Hornets’ defense took care of things until the offense could catch up last Friday against Waldron. Although the 42-0 score wasn’t indicative, the offense started off slow.
"We started off the first quarter and a half pretty terrible," Maumelle Coach Mike Buchan said. "We couldn’t get a snap, and we weren’t blocking well. Our defense overwhelmed them with our speed."
Buchan said the Hornets (3-2, 2-0) had five to six bad snaps and even lost about 30 yards on another. But once they steadied themselves then the scoring occurred.
"For some reason, we allowed them way too much penetration," Buchan said. "That’s something we have to work on. I thought Waldron played hard, and we finally woke up and did things well. We scored three times in about two minutes."
Quarterback Terry Rhodes ran for two touchdowns, threw a 60-yard touchdown reception to Jaylyn Smith and also caught a touchdown pass. Braylin Waits broke open for a 50-yard scoring run; A.J. Turner added a 25-yard touchdown scamper and Quincy Harris also scored.
Defensively, Buchan pointed out Nick Ingram with his two interceptions and praised Kendall Donnerson, Steve Izekor and Michael Cole. He also was pleased with J.D. Russell’s punt and kickoff returns.
"We really out-athleted them," Buchan said. "They didn’t have any answers. Our linemen ran down their backs, and that is hard. It’s always nice to get a shutout, and it makes it easier on the offense."
The Hornets face another winless team like Waldron when they travel Friday to Dover. Buchan thinks they might be a little better than Waldron. Basically, he wants his team to continue working on its stuff.
"Sometimes it is hard (facing a struggling team)," Buchan said. "We think we can just show up. We are more focused on us and not who we play. We’ll make sure we know what they are doing, but we are really working on us."
Two things Buchan wants Maumelle to work on and/or see improvement. For one thing, the defense has to be sure to it does its assignments and not over pursue. Offensively, the offense is a work in progress.
"We have to get all the parts working together," he said. "I feel like we went backwards last week. When they are all working together, we are pretty good."