MCHS will look to rebound this week as they travel to Paintsville High School to play the Tigers this Friday night.
After suffering a 40-10 loss to the Leslie County Eagles last week at Hornet Field, MCHS Head Coach Chester McCoy still seems to be confident his team can improve.
McCoy said, “It was our first regular season game of the year, so of course there will be mistakes; now we need to remedy those, and try to get back on the winning side of things this week.”
MCHS got down quickly as the Eagles scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter, two touchdowns through the air in the second, and a fumbled kickoff by sophomore Matt Patton was taken back 26 yards for another touchdown, to make the score 26-0 at the half.
A 22-yard field goal by kicker Paul Puffer cut the lead to 26-3 with 4:48 left in the third. The Eagles would then return to the ground game scoring on another 3-yard run to end the third, and then put the Hornets down for good in the fourth, after a 47-yard touchdown reception by Eagles wide receiver Austin Cornett.
MCHS would get a confidence booster late in the fourth quarter, when Caleb Hall scored on a 4-yard touchdown run.
The Hornets had many opportunities to score; they had three possessions get down to the Leslie County 5-yard line, but only scored once--- on a field goal by Puffer. In total, MCHS had 8 plays, within the 5-yard line, that couldn’t find the end zone.
The defense for MCHS had a hard time controlling the Leslie County offense. Quarterback Ethan Horton threw for 329 yards and 4 touchdowns, and altogether, the Eagles amassed over 400 yards of total offense.
This took the Hornets to 0-1 on the season, as they travel to Paintsville this week to matchup against the Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7:30.