After a 35-0 victory over Fountain Lake last Friday, Maumelle Coach Mike Buchan didn’t have any complaints. Basically, he was pleased with the way the Hornets (1-0) ran the new spread offense and how the defense performed after not spending as much time in that area.
“Our defense overwhelmed them,” Buchan said. “We forced six turnovers and outmanned them. We were up 21-0 at the half, but it easily could have been more. I thought we would go down there, and it would be a knock-down dogfight.”
Since the Hornets installed a new spread offense this year, the coaches didn’t work as much with the defense as Buchan would have liked. So, Friday’s performance was a pleasant surprise. The Hornets forced five fumbles and had an interception. In addition, JD Russell and Kendall Donnerson recorded double-digit tackles, and Buchan was impressed with DeKhourey Kin, a move-in from Detroit.
“DeKhourey played really well, and gets off the ball like a rocket,” he said. “We have guys who are two-three-year starters, and our size and speed were too much. They never threated to score, and our offense had a short field a lot of times.”
While the offense was helped by the defense, it also performed efficiently. Buchan said the only thing that stopped the Hornets were their little mistakes. The Hornets finished with 283 total yards including 200 rushing and 83 passing. Quarterback Tyshaun Robinson completed 6-of-8 pass attempts and one touchdown. He was the leader in the running game with 10 carries for 80 yards and two scores. Jessie Hopkins added a touchdown and accumulated 45 yards on nine carriers. JB Minix also recorded a rushing touchdown. Corry Cullins ran seven times for 44 yards, and Jared Hailey rushed four times for 20 yards.
Braylon Waits was the target for Robinson’s passing score, and Waits also made two catches for 53 yards. Minix caught three passes for 10 yards, and DaRayun Canada caught a pass for 20 yards.
The Hornets host North Pulaski, who lost 20-9 to Little Rock Fair, on Friday. Maumelle will use the contest as a catalyst for building for the future and will try to add more dimensions to both the offense and the defense.