Though the Maumelle Hornets secured a 45-28 homecoming victory over Clarksville last Friday, they had to stage a comeback. After one and a half quarters, the Hornets trailed 21-0. They then rattled off 21 points in the final 5:04 of the second quarter to knot the halftime margin at 21-all.
“We didn’t come out very good,” Maumelle Coach Kirk Horton said. “We stayed the course and figured it out.”
The Panthers (1-5, 0-3 5A-West) went ahead 21-0 on touchdown runs off 46-, 9- and 1-yard runs. With 5:04 remaining in the second quarter, Tyric Robinson caught a 16-yard pass from Connor McCullough to move the score to 21-7. The Hornets (4-2, 3-0) deadlocked the score at the half after Trey Jackson scored on a 6-yard run and Robinson caught a 30-yard pass from McCullough.
“Clarksville executes that single W, and it is hard to stop,” Horton said. “The defense took a while to get used to it. Our offense started off sluggish, too. It was a teaching point for us that we can’t afford to take anyone lightly.”
Maumelle finished with 187 rushing yards and 296 passing yards. McCullough threw four touchdowns and was responsible for all the yards on 21-of-34 passing with one interception. Robinson caught three touchdown passes and was the leading receiver with 10 catches for 164 yards. Byron Wade made five receptions for 86 yards and one score. Antavius Henderson was the leading rusher with 96 yards on 12 totes with one score.
The Hornets have a crucial game Friday at Morrilton. Going into the contest, the Hornets and Harrison Goblins share the 5A-West lead with 3-0 marks. The Devils Dogs (3-3) are 1-2 in the league with their lone conference win a 38-35 victory over Alma last week. Alma and Greenbrier are 2-1 in the league.
“Our original plan is to go the playoffs, and we are taking one game at a time,” Horton said. “If we beat Morrilton that would put us 4-0 in the conference and put us in position for a playoff spot.”