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MAUMELLE FOOTBALL | Hornets open at home with a win

Kendall Donnerson Photos by Paul Fimpel Jr.
Kendall Donnerson Photos by Paul Fimpel Jr.
The crowd at the Maumelle football game.
The crowd at the Maumelle football game.

Two games into the season and the Maumelle Hornets have recorded two shutouts.

The first was a 35-0 triumph over Fountain Lake. Last Friday, the Hornets (2-0) defeated North Pulaski, 42-0. While Maumelle Coach Mike Buchan said the goal is to always get a shutout, that wasn’t necessarily the plan as the Hornets didn’t put as much time on defense in the offseason. He is pleasantly surprised about keeping Fountain Lake scoreless.

“I didn’t expect it against Fountain Lake because they are a good smaller class team,” Buchan said. “We have a lot of speed upfront and have overwhelmed the other teams so far. We are completely taking them out of their offense.”

Buchan is not sure how good his defense is and is waiting until the Hornets play other teams before making a concrete evaluation. What he does know is he has college prospects in junior defensive end Kendall Donnerson (6-3, 230), DeKhourey Kin (6-2, 240) and cornerback Nick Ingram. JD Russell and Michael Cole also add speed.

As for the offense in last Friday’s contest, several Hornets played as they were ahead by the final score six minutes into the second quarter. None of the starters played the second half.

“We got to play a lot of guys and get them ready if we have injuries,” Buchan said. “The big difference in our offense is we are more stable than last year.”

The Hornets totaled 363 yards including 147 in the air and 216 on the ground. Tyshaun Robinson completed 6-of-9 passes and two scores. His targets were DaRayun Canada who tallied 65 yards on three receptions. Braylon Waits snagged the other touchdown and finished with 70 yards on two catches. Robinson also ran the ball three times for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Jessie Hopkins and Corry Cullins led the ground attack with both recording seven carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. Jared Hailey added 28 yards on eight totes, JB Minix picked up 23 yards on five carries and Waits scored a touchdown on his 20-yard scamper.

Maumelle faces a 0-2 Jacksonville team on the road Friday. The Red Devils losses have been to Cabot and Benton. Buchan is expecting a bigger team than what the Hornets have seen this year and is ready to see how the defense responds.

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