Hornets sting Eagles in cross-county rivalry

It appeared to be a good battle going on as the Division II, District 14 Lohn Eagles hosted the Division I, District 15 Rochelle Hornets in a non- district six-man football game held in Lohn Sept. 28. Not only was the game a county rivalry between two very competitive teams, but also it was homecoming for the Eagles. Rochelle decidedly won the hard-fought football game, 66-28, as they racked up a total of 419 rushing yards. The win provided the Hornets with an unblemished 5-0 record, while the Eagles fall to an overall 3-2 record. Chelsea Tuley was chosen as the 2007 Football Sweetheart. She is a junior at Lohn High School and the daughter of Roy and Michelle Horne. She was one of four girls chosen from the high school cheerleaders. Josh Fore, a senior Eagle, was selected from a field of 11 teammates as the 2007 Football Beau. He is the son of Jimmy and Johnna Fore. Also, in pre-game ceremonies, the 1987 Lohn Eagles State Champions six-man football team was recognized, along with the coaches, principal, superintendent, cheerleaders and pep squad. Although the Eagles won the toss and received the football to start the game, they were stopped from reaching the end zone. The game got off to a quick frenzy as Hornets’ senior Jason Valliant scored his first of five touchdowns. He finished the evening with 15 rushes for 210 yards. The score came on a 40-yard run with the PAT (point after attempt) kick by sophomore Korey Kunc failing. The eagles were able to respond with a score of their own as junior running back Josh Aguilar scored on a six-yard run. That score came at the 4:11 mark in the quarter with Josh Fore attempting the PAT. The kick failed and the game was tied 6-6. Another Hornet senior running back, Bryn Allgood, jumped right into the scoring as he scooted nine yards for their second touchdown (TD). The PAT kick by Kunc failed, but the Hornets retook the lead at 12-6. The Eagles were on the move towards the end of the first quarter and topped off the drive with a three-yard TD pass reception by Aguilar from senior quarterback Alex Salinas. The PAT kick by Fore was good, and the Eagles took the lead, 14-12. There was one more score for Lohn in the second quarter as Aguilar scored on a one-yard run. The kick by Fore failed, and with 2:23 left, the Eagles trailed, 24-20. The Hornets swarmed the Eagles scoring three times on the quarter to take a 40-20 halftime lead. Bryn Allgood stormed through the Eagle defense for a 56-yard touchdown with 8:38 remaining. The following PAT kick failed. Four minutes later, Valliant scored a 10-yard run. Valliant scored the other two Hornet touchdowns in the quarter, both coming on runs of 20 and 34 yards, respectively. Bryn Allgood came in to replace Kunc in PAT attempts and was successful on two of three times. “The first half was good, and we were going to give Rochelle a game,” said Eagle head coach John Santiago. “It was a back and forth game throughout the first half. We ran the ball, then they ran the ball. I was pleased with the first half.” The scoring slowed down somewhat in the second half as the Eagles managed only one score while the Hornets added four more TDs to put the game out of reach for the Eagles. Rochelle started out scoring three straight times in the third quarter and held the Eagles scoreless. Jason Valliant scored the first TD on a 10-yard run with 9:28 remaining. The PAT kick by Allgood failed. The next two Hornets scores were runs by Bryn Allgood. Allgood finished the night with 14 rushes for 189 yards. In the quarter, he had TD runs of two and 53 yards, respectively. He missed one of two PATs, but at the end of the quarter, the Hornets had a 40-20 commanding lead. “Defensively, I credit our team for the first half, even though Rochelle ran and scored. Our boys pursued and tackled well. The second half, we started to relax and Rochelle started running by us.” “The Hornets are 5-0 and are just dominating! They had good blocking and Valliant and Allgood hit their holes well. Whenever you combine good blocking and hitting the hole well, good things will happen: and they will be able to move the ball,” said coach Santiago. Only two scores occurred in the fourth quarter with each team getting one each. Senior Charles Bowen caught a six-yard pass from Salinas and shuffled across the goal line with 9:41 left in the quarter. The kick for the PAT by Fore was good and the Eagles trailed, 60-26. The Hornets added one more score as Bryn Allgood scored on a 14-yard run. He failed on the PAT attempt, but the Hornets had already dominated the game with a superb running attack and won the game, 66-28. “In the second half, we lost focus and concentration. I would like to credit the fans for being so awesome,” Santiago added. “We tried all four quarters, and the fans helped us to keep on playing. This game will make us stronger. Overall, I was pleased with the outcome and the fact that the boys never quit. We kept on fighting until the end.” Offensive positive stats for the Eagles included Josh Aguilar rushing for 175 yards on 26 carries. He also completed two of four passes for 10 yards including one TD. He punted the ball twice for an average of 36 yards per punt. Alex Salinas completed four of eight passes for 63 yards and one TD. Josh Fore turned in a good performance for the night leading his team in pass interceptions with three for 52 yards including one TD. He returned four kickoffs for 115 yards, and defensively, he had one-pass interception, nine tackles and four assists. Defensively, following Fore’s nine tackles were: Jonathan Jordan 8, Charles Bowen and Travis Elliott with 6 each and Aguilar, Salinas and Jonathan Thomas with two tackles each. Both Salinas and Fore had four assists. Bowen, Thomas and Elliott had two each and Aguilar and Jordan one each. The Eagles will take on Division I, District 16 Cherokee Indians starting at 7:30 p.m. in Cherokee this Friday. The Indians, coached by Jack Graves, return five lettermen from a 2006, 0-10 season. Players to watch are: running back Yovanne Uribe, Hector Jimenez, Dillion Epperson and Joey Capitillo. According to Coach Santiago, the Indians are quick, a good ball club, and have a good combination of running and throwing. “We can’t take Cherokee lightly, and we need to take them like a district game. If we let our guard down, they will take advantage, and we will get beat,” he said.

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