HBHS bounces back against Mont. AcademyPublished 6:00am Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Horseshoe Bend Generals bounced back from last week’s heartbreaking loss to Reeltown with a big 31-14 Region 5 win over the Montgomery Academy Eagles.
Leading just 2-0 at the start of the 2nd half, the Generals (2-1,1-1) reeled off four touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
“Out team worked hard all week preparing for this game,” said Horseshoe Bend head coach Jason Franklin. “We made several adjustments at half time and were able to execute and run the ball effectively. I’m very proud of how our guys fought and battled the entire game.”
Offensively, the Generals racked up 468 total yards, with 344 yards on the ground. Senior running back Cory Battle lit up the Eagle defense with 232 rushing yards and one touchdown. Senior quarterback Chase Cheaney contributed 124 yards and one touchdown through the air. He also scrambled for 39 yards and another touchdown. Senior running back Luke Holt made a big difference in the second half with 48 tough yards though the trenches. He also scored the Generals final touchdown of the game.
“Cory played well in the game tonight,” said Franklin. “But, the offensive line made some great adjustments and made big holes for all our running backs.”
Defensively, the Generals are much improved from last year’s team. The unit held Montgomery Academy to just144 total yards, yielding only 80 yards in the 2nd half. The secondary gave up only 35 yards through the air and did not allow a single pass completion in the 2nd half. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the game was the continuous bone-crunching hits this unit delivered to Eagle receivers.
The Generals, probably still feeling the effects of the Reeltown loss, were definitely sluggish in the first half. Turnovers and penalties killed several drives. The only highlight came with 3:59 to go in the first quarter when Eagle punter Sterling Anderson fumbled a snap and was forced to recover the ball in the Eagle’s own end zone, handing the Generals an easy safety and 2-point lead.
However, the 2nd half was a different story. After making several adjustments, Horseshoe Bend’s offense scored touchdowns on drives of 80, 72, 23 and 19 yards. Cheaney scored a touchdown on a 14-yard quarterback keeper and also connected with Cory Glenn for a 12-yard score.
The play of the game came when Battle slipped through the Eagle defensive line and blasted down the left sideline for a 65-yard score for a 16-7 lead with 8:22 left in the 3rd quarter. This would be all the points the Generals would need to win the game.
The only serious miscue in the game came in the 3rd quarter when Eagle return man Justin Woolfolk retuned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. This would be the second kickoff return allowed for a touchdown in two consecutive weeks and highlights a special teams weakness the Generals will have to correct as the season progresses.
Luke Holt scored the General’s final touchdown with a rugged 12-yard run up the middle with 8:58 to go in the game. His consistent, physical play in the 2nd half was impressive. His running style is a nice complement to Battle’s elusiveness and together these running backs will create trouble for future opposing defenses.
HBHS will continue region play next week when they face the Isabella Mustangs in Maplesville.