It wasn’t easy but the visiting Locust Fork Hornets set up a region championship game with a 49-35 win over Hanceville last Friday night.
The Hornets built a 13-6 lead after one quarter and a 27-14 lead at the half but the pesky Bulldogs just would not go away.
While the Hornet offense had its way with the Bulldog defense, the Locust Fork defense had all kinds of problems with a Hanceville offense loaded with skill kids.
After Hanceville cut the Locust Fork lead to 34-27 after three quarters, the score stayed that way until late. That was when the Hornets got a 13-yard touchdown run by Laine Terry and a two-point conversion run by Tyler Clevenger to go up 42-27 with 10:49 to play.
The Hornets quickly got the ball back and Drew Rogers romped 42 yards for the deciding score to put the game out of reach. Jose Hernandez’s extra point made it 49-27 with 9:53 left on the clock.
Hanceville, which rolled up 481 yards of offense, got one more big play – an 87-yard touchdown run by R.J. Evans with just 1:09 to play – but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Locust Fork pounded 421 rushing yards on 42 carries.
Rogers finished with 170 yards and three touchdowns on just 15 carries. Terry added 107 yards and a score on seven attempts and Chase Rice rumbled for 80 yards and two touchdowns on nine attempts.
Clevenger completed 3 of 4 passing for 35 yards, including a 14-yard toss to Terry for a score.
Rogers led the Hornet defense with 14 tackles while Elliot Dodson had 10 tackles. Aaron Ray had seven tackles, including the team’s only sack, and Charlie Cater had six tackles and an interceptions.
Locust Fork (7-2 overall, 4-1 in 3A Region 6) hosts Fultondale (7-1, 5-0) this Friday with the region championship on the line.