The Cottondale Hornets traveled to Panama City Friday night to take on the North Bay Haven Buccaneers and left the field with a 5-1 record. They handily defeated the Buccaneers 42-22.
Cottondale jumped out to an early lead, putting up 12 points in the first quarter of play. The defense was clicking and held the Bucs out of the end zone.
The Buccaneers rallied in the second quarter, putting up 22 points, to take a 22-20 lead over the Hornets. That lead went into the locker room, putting a bitter taste in the mouths of the Hornets. Whatever coach Tyler Addison said at the half, the team took to heart.
Cottondale allowed NO points in the second half while they put up a touchdown in the third quarter and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to solidify the win.
Cottondale got one of one completed passes from Amari Banks for 20 yards, and one of three from Cameron Brooks for 17 yards.
Their rushing attack got the job done with Dominique Pittman leading the way with 26 carries for 174 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Cameron Brooks for 147 yards on 20 carries, finding the end zone three times. Jimmy Price remained consistent, carrying the ball eight times for 61 yards and a touchdown, with Amari Banks picking up one yard on two carries. Price had two successful conversions with Banks recording one conversion.
Dalvin Barnes had one reception for 20 yards with Amari Banks reeling in one for 17 yards.
Austin Livingston led the team in tackles with eight, followed by Will Price with seven. Amari Banks had six tackles, with Eriq Hendricks and Khalil Shackelford recording five tackles each. On board with four tackles each were Dalvin Barnes and Jimmy Price, followed by Dominique Pittman with three tackles. Levi Davis and Xavier Brown each had two tackles. Cody Shores, Jeff Price, Isaac Brincefield, and Payton Melvin all recorded one tackle each. Shackelford had one sack for a loss of nine yards.
Dalvin Barnes had an interception he ran back for 27 yards with Amari Banks recording one interception with a 14-yard return. Jimmy Price also added an interception to his stats.
Eriq Hendricks recovered a fumble. Amari Banks got the job done punting, recording 77 yards on two punts. Cameron Brooks had three kickoff returns for 82 yards with the longest return 42 yards