The UTV 44 Friday Night Rivals rolled into week three and headed to Ladd Peebles Stadium for a 7A Region 1 matchup between the Baker Hornets and the Davidson Warriors. Baker was looking to get both their first win of the season as well as in the region.
Davidson got the ball first but could not get the ball moving and would have to punt the ball to Baker. The Hornets offense was not having a luck as well but then the Warriors defense made a big play by senior linebacker Jaylen Harris who picked off Baker quarterback Nick Summerlin and would give the ball back to the offense on the Baker 38-yard line. The Warriors would not take long to convert the turnover into points when on the fourth play of the drive senior running back Kolbe Blunt would take off on a 43-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and Davidson took a 7-0 lead with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter.
Baker wouldn’t stay down for long; the offense would get the ball starting on their own 17-yard line following the kick off. Senior running back Joshua Pruitt helped the drive with a 30-yard run. Then junior receiver Tralaine Daughtry hauled in a long pass to help get the Hornets into scoring rage. Then senior running back Koby Bush capped the drive with a 23-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and Baker tied the score up at 7-7 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.
Early in the 2nd quarter, the Warriors had the ball and were driving when Blunt ripped off a 25-yard run, but the offense couldn’t do much more as they stalled and had to settle for a 25-yard field goal attempt. Senior kicker Joe Montano got the kick up but couldn’t get it in between the uprights and the kick was no good. The game was still tied at 7-7 with just over eight minutes left in the 1st half.
Baker would take the ball over following the missed field goal and put together their own offensive drive. Pruitt carried most of the load during the drive including a 22-yard run. Following that, junior receiver D’marquez Williams hauled in a long pass to help get into scoring range. But just like the Warriors previous series, the Hornets offense stalled and was forced to attempt a 26-yard field goal. Jacob Tanner put the ball up but came up short and the attempt was no good. With just over two minutes left in the half the score was still tied 7-7.
On the first play of the ensuing series Davidson’s Blunt took the ball down field for 28 yards. Once again, the offense would end up stalling and with :04 seconds left in the half they would send out Montano again to attempt this time a 50-yard field goal. The snap was good and the kick had plenty of distance and split the uprights for the three points. Davidson would go into halftime leading 10-7.
The second half would start out slow as neither offense could must up and kind of drive until late in the 3rd quarter, the Warriors put together a time consuming 6:49 drive to get into scoring range. The drive was 17 plays that only went 57 yards when Montano attempted a 20-yard field goal which was good and extended Davidson’s lead 13-7 with just under three minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
Baker would get hit with the turnover bug again late in the 3rd quarter. With just under thirty seconds left in the quarter, Hornet’s Summerlin would get picked off for the second time, this one by senior defensive back Jason Williams. He would get the pick on Davidson’s 48-yard line and return it to the Baker 9-yard line. The Hornets defense would put up goal line stand and keep the Warriors out of the end zone and force them to attempt a 27-yard field goal. Montano again kicked it wide and could not convert the turnover into points for Davidson. The score remained 13-7 with just over eleven minutes left in the game.
Midway through the 4th quarter, Blunt would find some open space again and take the ball for a 62-yard run to get the Warriors into Baker territory. Blunt would eventually cap the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run, his second of the night. The PAT was good and Davidson extended the lead 20-7 with just under six minutes left in the game. Kolbe Blunt would end up finishing the night with 25 rushes for 256 yards and the two touchdowns.
Trying the cut the lead late in the game, the Hornets were again plagued by turnovers. Davidson’s Jaylen Harris got his second turnover for the night when recovered a Baker fumble and would take it to the end zone for a touchdown. The PAT was good and Davidson now led 27-7 with just over three minutes left. Then with just under two minutes left Baker’s Summerlin was picked off for the third time in the game. Davidson would kneel the ball to end the game and take the 27-7 victory.
The Hornets now fall to 0-2 for the season and the region. They will look to get their first win this week when they host Carver-Montgomery at home.
Davidson improves to 2-1 for the season and 2-0 in the region but will have a tough task this week as they will travel to Lipscomb Stadium to take on the McGill-Toolen Yellow Jackets who are coming off their first regular season loss in 27 games.
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