Maumelle put on an offensive show last Friday at Mena in the Hornets’ 41-29 triumph over the Bearcats. Senior quarterback Terry Rhodes led the way with four touchdowns.
"We had 430 rushing yards and 300 in the first half," Maumelle Coach Mike Buchan said. "We came out pretty hot."
Seniors Cody Funderburg and A J Turner also added touchdowns, and Buchan noted that Quincy Harris also ran well.
"They (Mena) were afraid of us on the outside so we ran in-between the tackles," Buchan said. "We kicked it in once we got into the open space. Our speed was the difference."
Buchan was also pleased with how the line performed. He also liked how the backs picked up yardage after contact. A few glitches did occur as the Hornets (2-2, 1-0) fumbled a few snaps.
"One thing we have to work on is getting the quarterback-center exchange better," Buchan said. "Terry is not a quarterback and hasn’t played there a lot, and our center is a first-year starter and sometimes gets a little excited. We just need to get them repetitions."
Overall, Buchan was also pleased with the defense. However Mena quarterback Austin Warren and receiver Malachi McGee did give the Hornets some problems with their big-play abilities.
"They were pretty fast," he said. "McGee is a Division I prospect and probably the best players we’ll see. He had 200 yards receiving."
Buchan noticed the Bearcats were well-coached and had a good scheme. They were able to take advantage of the Hornets’ over pursuit. But, the Maumelle defense stood up when it was supposed to and picked off a pass to seal the victory.
Mena scored first and led 6-0 before the Hornets went ahead 7-6. A field goal by the Bearcats gave them a 9-6 short-lived advantage. Maumelle reached the end zone right after that and never trailed.
Friday, the Hornets host a winless Waldron team. The main thing Buchan wants to see is improvement from his team and that is where the Hornets’ focus is. If things go according to plan, Maumelle should win its next three contests with the last three games against Pottsville, Dardanelle and Booneville, in that order, probably determining playoff seeds.