ATHENS — The Athens Hornets didn’t disappoint the Homecoming crowd on Friday night, defeating Huntington 70-0 Friday night at Bruce Field.
The Hornets out-rushed the Red Devils 293-64.
Kendall and Anthony Sanders combined to score seven touchdowns on the ground. Anthony Sanders passed for another score as well.
Kendall Sanders led all players with 125 yards rushing, while Anthony Sanders led the Hornets with 123 yards through the air. He also ran for 82 yards.
Athens took advantage of an early Huntington turnover. The Red Devils fumbled on the third play of the game and the Hornets recovered on the three. On the first play from scrimmage, Kendall Sanders took the football into the end zone for the score.
Huntington was forced to punt on their next possession, but on the Hornets’ first play the Red Devils recovered a Kendall Sanders’ fumble, and took over at the Hornets’ nine.
Athens, however, stiffened up their defense and kept Huntington out the end zone to maintain a 7-0 lead.
The Hornets took over from their own seven and moved deep into Huntington territory. Athens picked up 41 yards on their fifth play. Adam Stallings fumbled the handoff, but Zach Basher was there to pick up the loose ball and take it down to the Red Devils 27.
The drive ended in a missed field goal, but after a punt by Huntington the Hornets scored on their second play of the following drive. Anthony Sanders took the first play 49 yards to the two. Kendall Sanders pushed it in on the next play for the touchdown.
The Hornets scored a third touchdown in the quarter on their next drive. Big gains by both Sanders moved the ball inside the 10, and Kendall Sanders, once again, scored.
The offensive fire power continued in the second half as Athens scored four times in the third quarter.
Anthony Sanders scored from 33 yards for the Hornets on their first drive of the second half. He would also score Athens’ second touchdown of the half on the Hornets’ next drive on a 12-yard run.
After another Huntington fumble, the Hornets scored for the seventh time. Kendall Sanders took the ball 12 yards for the touchdown for his fourth score of the contest.
The Hornets only score through the air came on their next possession. Anthony Sanders found Javonte Johnson for a 33-yard TD pass.
Huntington fumbled the ensuing kickoff and found themselves on defense again. Raheem Miller scored from 16 yards out for the Hornets.
The Hornets’ final score came after an interception. Deion Lewis got the call and ran the ball in from four yards out.
Athens held Huntington to seven first downs in the game. Kewon Cartwright led the Red Devils with 31 yards on the ground. Zabo Dickerson followed with 15 rushing yards and 33 passing yards.
Athens improves to 4-2 on the season and have next week off. They start district play Oct 14 with a trip to Bullard.