A Rainy Victory

By: Kaylee Pippins

Kaylee Pippins, Editor-In-Chief

After an hour-and-a-half rain delay, the Hornets took on the Wichita Falls Rider Raiders during the first home game of the 2018-19 season. The rain, which fell through to the fourth quarter, did not stop the Hornets from playing a great game. The final score for the Sept. 7 game is 21-0 with a Hornet victory.

The football team improved their performance from last week’s loss to Grapevine.
“From week 1 to week 2, the team has greatly improved greatly,” senior and team captain Daniel Ruelas said. “The chemistry on the team finally clicked and our offense was able to execute what we’ve been taught a lot better than the week before.”

Ruelas has seen leadership from other players including seniors Payton Vaughn, Cooper Mormon, Bradley Crawford, and Reid Pyle and expects the team to do very well in the 2018-19 season.
“My prediction for this year is playoffs, no doubt, possibly district champs,” Ruelas said. “I believe in our team 100%.”

Starting off strong in the first quarter, WR Jacob Lee caught a 50-yard pass from QB Drey Owen before running the ball into the end zone for a score of Hornets-7 Riders-0. WR Billy Copeland caught a 10-yard pass from Owens before being tackled at the 40-yard line in the third quarter. During the duration of the game, there were two fumble recoveries made by the Hornets leading to an Azle first down.

The play of the night came from senior Dylan Fuller. Fuller caught a 15-yard interception from Rider’s QB and returned the ball to the Hornet’s 45-yard line.

Come watch as the Azle Hornets take on the Granbury Pirates at Hornet Stadium on Sept. 14. To watch more highlight plays and see the offensive players of the week, visit www.maxpreps.com.