The Locust Fork Hornets faced their toughest test of the season last Friday night and lost 45-12 to visiting Cherokee County, the best team in 4A Region 6 and the No. 2 team in the state.
The Hornets were tough early and trailed just 7-6 going to the second quarter. However, Cherokee County’s Gabe Chambers, an Arkansas State commitment, and Coty Blanchard, a Mississippi State baseball commit, took over in the second quarter as the Warriors outscored the Hornets 21-0 to take a 28-6 lead at the half.
Locust Fork got on the board again in the third quarter but Cherokee County pulled away over the final two quarters for the win.
Locust Fork got a strong game from quarterback Kyle Smith, who completed 7 of 14 passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdown completions went to Colton Armstrong, who finished with three receptions for 63 yards.
Taylor Hughes led the Hornets with 101 yards on 22 carries.
Matthew Checkley led the Locust Fork defense with seven tackles.
Blanchard completed 12 of 17 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Chambers caught four passes for 37 yards and two scores, had a 63-yard touchdown run, and 65 yards in kick returns.
Cherokee County improved to 8-0 overall, 6-0 in the region. Locust Fork dropped to 3-5 overall, 1-5 in the region.