Hornets sting Bears to win Highway 31 Trophy
BROWNSBORO–A second-half surge lifted the Athens Hornets to a 33-14 win over Brownsboro Aug. 30, allowing Athens to hoist the Highway 31 Trophy and giving new coach Zac Harrell his first career head-coaching victory.
Athens’ offense was sparked by four touchdowns from Jerquindon Taylor, who caught three in the air and rushed for one on the ground.
“In the second half, we counted on our depth, and that wore them down,” Harrell said, adding, “I couldn’t be happier for these kids. I hate that they gave me this (game) ball. It’s not about me; I’m all about these kids. I love every one of these kids and I’m just so happy for them to win this rivalry game.”
Taylor scored his first touchdown when Athens quarterback Chase Friedrich connected through the air for a 67-yard touchdown with 4:21 left in the first quarter. The Hornets missed the extra-point and Athens led 6-0.
After Brownsboro went ahead 7-6 early in the second quarter, Friedrich found Taylor again, this time for a 30-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion try failed, and Athens led 12-7 with 7:12 remaining in the second quarter. However, Brownsboro answered with three seconds left in the first half to take a 14-12 halftime lead.
In the second half, it was all Athens. Late in the third quarter, Jecorey Roberts rushed for a two-yard touchdown to give Athens a 19-14 advantage. Taylor rushed for a 37-yard touchdown with 10:14 remaining in the fourth quarter, extending the Hornet lead to 26-14. Taylor topped off the night with a 69-yard reception with 4:58 left in the game, ending scoring at 33-14, Athens.
The Hornets open their home schedule tonight (Friday, Sept. 6) against the Rusk Eagles at 7:30 p.m.