PREP FOOTBALL: Holly Pond falls at Locust Fork 48-18

Locust Fork defeated Holly Pond 48-18 in Friday night’s regional matchup. (Howard Cole for The Cullman Tribune)

LOCUST FORK, Ala. – The Holly Pond Broncos traveled to face the Locust Fork Hornets Friday night. The Broncos received the opening kickoff and started at their own 28. With Kyler Chaney under center directing the Holly Pond running game, they drove the ball to their own 43. Holly Pond failed to gain a first down. Chaney booted a 50-yard punt giving the Hornets the ball at their own 17.

After another exchange of punts. Locust Fork starting their second possession at its own 35. The Hornets went 65 yards in seven plays for their first score of the night.

Holly Pond put its first strong drive together only to have it stall at the Hornets’ 25-yard line, turning the ball over on downs at the start of the second quarter. The Hornet quarterback took the snap and went 75 yards to start off the second quarter, scoring the Hornets’ second touchdown.

Following another Holly Pond punt, the Hornets hit a pass in the middle of the Bronco defense and took it 68 yards for a 21-0 lead over the Broncos.

The Broncos finally got on the board with a 71-yard drive in the second quarter, but the 2-point conversion failed, and Locust Fork added another touchdown before halftime giving the Hornets a 28-6 lead at the break.

Following a wonderful halftime show by both schools’ bands, Locust Fork took the second-half kick 56 yards for another touchdown, making the score 35-6.

Holly Pond came out passing in the third quarter with pass completions from Chaney to Jayden Perkins and Kadin Suryono before running it in from the 1-yard line for a score with 7:04 left in the third.

Locust Fork answered with a 77-yard touchdown run to make it 42-12 with five minutes left in the third.

The close of the fourth quarter saw the Hornets expand their lead 48-12 before Holly Pond’s Chaney scrambled for a 49-yard touchdown run with 4:26 left in the game. The 2-point conversion was no good, but it was too little, too late and the final score ended up at 48-18.

The Broncos return home Oct. 11 for homecoming and they’ll be facing the Tigers of JB Pennington.

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