PREP FOOTBALL: Broncos drop region game with Locust Fork 73-37

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Holly Pond dropped its region opener against Locust Fork 73-37 Friday night. (Katie Drummond/The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – After falling to county rival Cold Springs last week, Holly Pond returned home Friday night to face Locust Fork. The Broncos were able to create some explosive plays and put points on the board, but they couldn’t score enough to keep pace with the Hornets and Locust Fork was able to defeat Holly Pond 73-37.

A touchdown run by Sawyer Olinger gave the Broncos an early, 7-0 lead over Locust Fork but turnovers made things difficult for Holly Pond as the first half went on. The Broncos still led 7-6 at the end of the opening quarter but the Hornets erupted later in the second to pull ahead 26-7 with three minutes remaining in the half.

Olinger was able to find the end zone just before the break to get Holly Pond back on the board, but Locust Fork led the way 40-15 at the halftime break. Two more scores extended the Hornets lead to 54-15 early in the third but a touchdown run by Jayden Holloway trimmed the lead to 54-23 later in the quarter.

Following another Locust Fork score, Olinger sprinted down the sideline for an 81-yard touchdown and made it a 61-31 game in the final moments of the third quarter. The Hornets weren’t done adding to their lead and despite a late touchdown from the Broncos cutting into the deficit, Locust Fork was able to return home with a 73-37 victory over Holly Pond.

The Broncos will be looking for their first win of the season when they travel to take on Pleasant Valley next week.

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