FOOTBALL: Longhorns stomp Red Devils in homecoming
HAMSHIRE — In front of their home fans for the first time this season, the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns trampled the Huntington Red Devils 47-0.
“It’s a great way to start off,” Longhorn head coach Mark Waggoner said. “The rain held off, which is really good.”
Prior to kickoff of the homecoming game, the sky opened up forcing fans to hide under their umbrellas. The rain lasted for about 2 minutes and finished right as the teams took the field.
It didn’t take long for the Longhorns to get on the board. On the second play of the game, quarterback Marcus Morris took off on an option play for 39 yards to the end zone with 11:22 left in the first quarter.
The Longhorns (2-2) dominated on the ground, rushing for 277 yards and six touchdowns.
Hamshire-Fannett’s defense also played tough, holding Huntington (1-3) to only 110 yards of total offense and forcing five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble recovery).
With 6:20 left in the second quarter, Longhorn linebacker Anakin Hall recovered a fumble and returned it 40 yards for a score to give Hamshire-Fannett a 33-0 lead. With 21 seconds left in the first half, the Red Devils had a chance to get on the board with the ball inside the Longhorns 10, but an interception in the end zone erased the opportunity and the Longhorns went in to halftime with a 33-0 lead.
At halftime, the Longhorns had four takeaways and outgained the Red Devils in total yards 177-99.
The game changed when …
The Red Devils went three-and-out on their first drive of the game, allowing the home team to take over at the Huntington 47. Two plays later, Morris found a hole again for a 46-yard touchdown to make the score 14-0 with 7:47 left in the first quarter. On the ensuing drive, Morris ended the Red Devils hopes by grabbing an interception and giving his team the ball on the Longhorn 49. Four plays later, Morris found the end zone for his third touchdown of the night from 35 yards out.
The game ball goes to …
Marcus Morris, who dominated the game on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The starting quarterback ran for 165 on seven carries along with three touchdowns. The two-way athlete also came away with a pick on defense.
“He’s a special athlete,” Waggoner said of Morris. “We wanted to work on the passing game a little bit, but things worked out the way they did. He likes to play defense. I think it helps get the nerves out of the game. He likes to be physical.”
Next up …
The Longhorns will take Tarkington on the road, while Huntington will host Livingston. Both games begin at 7:30 Friday.
Red Devils 0 Longhorns 47
Huntington 0 0 0 0 — 0
Hamshire-Fannett 26 7 7 7 — 47
Hamshire-Fannett — Marcus Morris 39 run (Noah Kincer kick), 11:22
Hamshire-Fannett — M. Morris 46 run (Kincer kick), 7:47
Hamshire-Fannett — M. Morris 45 run (kick fail), 4:45
Hamshire-Fannett — Ke’shawn Morris 6 run (kick fail), 2:40
Hamshire-Fannett — Anakin Hall 40 fumble return (Kincer kick), 6:20
Hamshire-Fannett — Kyle Saurage 1 run (Kincer kick), 10:02
Hamshire-Fannett — Drake Bordages 5 run (Kincer kick), 4:36
Rushes-yards 227 18
Passing yards 68 92
Total yards 295 110
Comp-Art-Int 4-8-0 5-23-4
Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties-yards 4-30 3-25
RUSHING — Hamshire-Fannett: M. Morris 7-165, K. Morris 6-46, Evan Viator 6-29, Mason Stutes 3-19, Bordages 4-11, Saurage 2-5, Matthew Joyner 1-4, Octavio Vargas 2-1, Hall 1-1, Garrett Picou 1- (-4). Huntington: Andrew Faulk 12-33, John Kenny Flood 6-8, Tyler Harris 4-(-6), Nick Paxon 1-(-4).
PASSING — Hamshire-Fannett: M. Morris 4-8-0, 68. Huntington: Harris 5-23-4, 92.
RECEIVING — Hamshire-Fannett: Picou 3-68, K. Morris 1-0. Huntington: Faulk 2-48, Tanner Williams 1-20, Carson Hopper 1-18, Hayden Flynt 1-6.
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