The Hornets were 3-0 prior to last week’s game against the ever-tough Chipley Tigers. The Hornets found out all too soon there was nothing about losing that they liked. After a solid week of practice, the Hornets wasted no time in making a statement in Liberty County. They left the field and had a happy ride home with a commanding 57-28 win.
The Hornets outscored the Bulldogs 16-7 in the first quarter before they added 20 points to Liberty County’s 14 in the second quarter. Cottondale took a 36-21 lead into the locker room at the half.
Coach Tyler Addison must have had some wise words for his defense as they took the field in the third quarter and shut out the Bulldog offense completely. On the offensive side, they continued to rack up touchdowns, putting 20 points on the board to take a decisive 56-21 lead into the final period of play. Coach Addison pulled much of his starting lineup, giving some much deserved field time to the players on the bench. They did their job, holding the Bulldogs to just one touchdown.
Dominique Pittman had an NFL kind of night with 381 yards rushing on 16 carries while making his way into the end zone FIVE times. Pittman’s longest run was 76 yards. Cameron Brooks had 104 yards on the ground on 11 carries and one touchdown, followed by Jimmy Price with three carries for 51 yards and a touchdown.
Amari Banks led the team with one reception for 40 yards and a touchdown, with Pittman adding one reception to his stats. On the night, Brooks was two-for-three for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Austin Livingston and Tyrus Dudley led the Hornets with 10 solo tackles each, followed by Will Price and Jimmy Price who each had nine tackles on the night. Picking up five tackles was Amari Banks, with Dalvin Barnes pulling down four players. Xavier Brown, Levi Davis, Khalil Shackleford, Issac Brincefield, B J Gay, and Eriq Hendricks all had two tackles each. Dominique Pittman shined on both sides of the field with one tackle, with Nate Kelley adding a solo tackle to his stats.
Defenders were all over the ball Friday night Jimmy Price, BJ Gray, Amari Banks, and Will Price all had fumble recoveries with Austin Livingston causing a fumble by the Bulldogs. Pittman added one conversion to his night of shining, with Cameron Brooks finding the end zone three times on conversions.
The Hornets will travel to North Bay Haven Friday night to take on the Buccaneers who come into the contest with a 3-2 record. The Bucs started the season with a 20-12 loss to Rutherford before winning 20-0 against Franklin County and 34-18 against Florida A & M high school. They fell 42-26 to Wewa before bouncing back this past week with a 42-36 win against Lighthouse Christian. Cottondale will be looking to go to 5-1 on the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.