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October 12, 2013

Hornets roll to 60-14 win at Farrell

---- — It was somewhat difficult to comprehend, and in some regards almost painful to watch.

For the last several weeks Hickory High football team’s offense has been playing at a high level. But few could fathom Farrell having the Hornets hang 60 on them Friday night.

“We’ve been in playoff mode since about four weeks ago. We just keep talking about finishing stronger, finishing stronger. The second half we’re comin’ out and finishing so much better,” summarized Hickory head coach Bill Brest following his Hornets’ 60-14 District 10 inter-region rout at Anthony J. Paulekas Stadium.

Hickory (6-1) held a modest 19-0 margin at intermission, but erupted for 35 third-period points.

The Hornets’ unheralded Lou Derloni delivered a game-high 13-carry, 145-yard rushing performance that included 27- and 45-yard scoring sprints.

“Louie Derloni is a great football player in all three facets of the game,” Brest praised. “Louie Derloni did things in the offseason to get himself ready. Louie Derloni could be playing tailback in a lot of (offensive) systems. He carries the ball well, he blocks well, he runs hard, he plays a physical linebacker, and he’s just got a great head on his shoulders.

“We trust Louie Derloni,” Brest added.

Hickory’s big-play offense also included Matt Voytik’s 8-for-17 passing performance that included a 23-yard scoring strike to Andrew Pryts, and De’quan Lewis’ 60-yard scoring sprint.

Also, within a 10-second span of the 3rd quarter, Pryts pilfered a pass, returning it 41 yards for a score, then Jordan Wombacker recovered a Farrell fumble, returning it 9 yards for another TD. Additionally, Charles Carr collected another 5-yard TD run and Nick Cannone tossed a 9-yard TD to Noah Bianco. During the 1st half Wombacker whacked 27- and 25-yard field goals.

In all Hickory harvested 425 total yards, and during its current 5-game skein the Hornets have outscored opponents 247-27.

“Teams are trying to take certain things away, but we’re startin’ to find answers all the way around. The kids are just fighting through adversity, coming together as a team, and, hopefully, we’re peaking at the right time,” Brest said.

“We cleaned some things up this week,” Brest continued, adding,

“We always talk about ... the only people, we believe, that can stop us only is ourselves. And if we continue to focus on the fundamentals, get better mentally, get better physically, get better at the little things, we’re gonna be okay.”

Farrell, facing a 47-0 deficit approximately midway through the 3rd quarter, did not quit.

Dewayne Burns burst 77 yards for a touchdown — the highlight of his team-high 8-carry, 107-yard outing — and Alex Meyers fired a 30-yard touchdown to Deanté Phillips with only 22 ticks to play.

The Steelers shut out Sharon and Kennedy Catholic to commence the campaign, but have dropped 3 of their last 5 games — 3 of which at Lou Falconi Field. In the last 2 weeks Lakeview and Hickory feasted on Farrell (4-3) for 99 points.

Standup Steelers’ skipper Jarrett Samuels said, “Lot of changes. We’ve got about ten guys who won’t be with us the rest of the way, and they didn’t play (Friday) night. They were seniors, but we’ve gotta make some changes.

“No excuses, no alibis,” Samuels insisted. “We’ve got a two-game season to go. We’ve gotta band together. ... I’m not gonna waver. I’m gonna come here Monday and get back to the grind, get ready for Conneaut Area.

“Hickory’s an awesome team, they’ve shown us that the last couple years. ... But, again, we’ve got work to do,” the resolute Samuels continued. “Yeah, we’re stingin’ right now from the last two weeks. But we’ve gotta find a way to get up off the carpet.

“It’s a two-week season. We win two games, we get in(to the District 10 Class A playoffs),” Samuels said.

Samuels said the aforementioned casulaties were the result of disciplinary decisions by him and his staff.

“Again, I’m here to do more than just coach football,” Samuels emphasized. “I know comin’ back (from a 1-year hiatus) I’m taking my lumps, but I have to think enough of these guys that I know they can be coached up.

“It’s my job to make sure —  even the guys who aren’t here anymore — I still care about them, I still love them as young men. But I’ve gotta go forward and do what’s best for these (remaining) kids. That’s my mission: Do what’s best for the kids and coach ’em.”

———

HICKORY    0    19    35    6    60

FARRELL    0    0    6    8    14


Scoring plays

H — Pryts, 23 pass from Voytik (kick failed)

H — Derloni, 27 run (Wombacker kick)

H — Wombacker, 27 field goal

H —  Wombacker, 25 field goal

H — Derloni, 45 run (Wombacker kick)

H — Pryts, 41 interception return (Wombacker kick)

H — Wombacker, 9 fumble return (Wombacker kick)

H — Carr, 5 run (Walters kick)

F — Burns, 77 run (kick failed)

H — Lewis, 60 run (Walters kick)

H — Bianco, 9 pass from N.Cannone (kick failed)

F — Phillips, 30 pass from Meyers (Meyers run)

Team stats

HICKORY        FARRELL

18    First downs    7

297    Rushing yards    116

128    Passing yards    62

18-9-0    Att-comp-int    11-5-2

425    Total yards    178

1-0    Fumbles-lost    6-3

4-50    Penalties-yards lost    11-53è

Individual stats

Rushing: HICKORY — Derloni 13-145, Sellers 3-63, Lewis 2-58, Carr 5-24, Voytik 5-3, Cannone 1-3, Fox 1-1; FARRELL — Burns 8-107, James Jackson 2-18, Guelledge 6-8, Gavis 4-5, Newel 2-1, John Jackson 3-(-3), Meyers 3-(-12), Team 1-(-8).

Passing: HICKORY — Voytik 17-8-0, 119; N.Cannone 1-1-0, 9; FARRELL — Meyers 7-4-2, 66; Guelledge 4-1-0, (-4).

Receiving: HICKORY — Lewis 4-47, Pryts 2-17, Derloni 1-32, Steach 1-23, Bianco 1-9; FARRELL — Newell 2-40, Phillips 1-30, Burns 1-(-4), Gavins 1-(-4).

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