Hor­nets smash Me­te­ors

Hones­dale ground game racks up 362 yards in march past Montrose.


MONTROSE — It seemed that no mat­ter who touched the ball for Hones­dale on Fri­day, good things hap­pened.

Five play­ers scored rush­ing touch­downs and Ethan Dunn threw a pair of touch­down passes as the Hor­nets rolled to a 49-13 win over Montrose in a non­league game at Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Andy Car­roll led the way on the ground with 177 yards and a score as Hones­dale used 10 rush­ers to rack up 362 yards rush­ing.

“You never know when that in­jury is com­ing so we had the op­por­tu­nity to switch some backs around and do some dif­fer­ent things with the guys,” Hones­dale coach Mike Jurkowski said. “So we took ad­van­tage of that op­por­tu­nity and got some guys some reps.”

On Hones­dale’s (2-6) first drive, Car­roll broke free for a 51-yard run and Cameron Baker had a 13-yard gain on the five-play drive. Luke Ban­croft capped the drive with a 6-yard run and the Hor­nets led 7-0. Af­ter forc­ing a punt on Montrose’s (0-8) next drive, Hones­dale took over at its 33 and quickly drove down the field thanks to a 15-yard penalty and a 15-yard run by Baker. Later in the drive, Dunn hit Justin Lobasso for a 36-yard touch­down pass.

“With our of­fense, teams tend to load the box so it was our op­por­tu­nity to kind of loosen them up a lit­tle bit,” Jurkowski said.

Ethan Cina hit Cameron Harder for a 15-yard gain on the Me­te­ors’ next pos­ses­sion but the drive stalled and a short punt gave Hones­dale the ball on Montrose’s 46-yard-line. Af­ter an in­com­plete pass, Car­roll scored his touch­down run on the next play and Hones­dale led, 21-0, at the end of the first quar­ter.

“Get­ting those touch­downs early just set the tone for the rest of the game,” Car­roll said.

Montrose re­cov­ered a fum­ble on Hones­dale’s first drive of the sec­ond quar­ter but the Hor­nets de­fense an­swered with a pair of sacks to force an­other punt. On the en­su­ing drive, Baker scored on a 33-yard run. Af­ter Hones­dale forced a punt on Montrose’s next drive, the Hor­nets took over at the Me­te­ors’ 36. Fol­low­ing a 5-yard penalty on first down, Car­roll had a 33-yard gain down to the Montrose 8-yard-line. On the next play, Dunn rolled to his right and hit Baker near the 5-yard-line and Baker turned up field and scored to give Hones­dale a 35-0 lead.

Hones­dale started at mid­field on its next drive and Car­roll had a 15-yard run on first down. Two plays later, Ethan Parker scored on a 29-yard run and the Hor­nets led, 42-0, at half­time.

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