Saline matched up against Ann Arbor Pioneer last Friday for what would be a long game for the Hornets.
The game started with a mid-first quarter touchdown by Pioneer’s Drake Johnson, who would see the end zone three more times by the end of the night. He scored his second touchdown with a 1-yard run with 51 seconds in the half.
Saline tried to get their offense in synch before the half, but were deterred by Pioneers defense and forced to punt. Many three and outs, and a Reece Dils interception stalled the Hornets attack for the entire first half.
With under 30 seconds in the half, Pioneer quarterback Aedan York hit Drake Johnson for a 40-yard touchdown, making the score 20-0 at the break.
The third quarter started with a 3:15 drive over 80 yards that ended with another Drake Johnson touchdown, putting Saline in a 28 point deficit. Saline refused to give up and engineered their own impressive drive. Junior quarterback Reece Dils orchestrated a 5:33, 11-play, 94 yard drive that resulted in a passing touchdown from Dils to junior wide receiver Gage Hammond.
The Hornets were fired up, and ready to make a comeback with 15 minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, Pioneer’s Zach Davis broke out for a 75-yard touchdown run, that would conclude Ann Arbor’s scoring and the Hornet’s hopes of victory for tonight.
The Hornets continued to fight. Saline started another drive that would end in a 7-yard Justin Barnes touchdown, making the final score 35-14.
The offensive leaders for Saline were senior Justin Barnes with 31 rushing yards on 7 carries, junior Gage Hammond with 29 yards on 7 carries and a receiving TD, and junior Reece Dils with 7 completions, 91-yards, and a touchdown.
This was a tough week for Hornet football, but there is also much to learn from Friday night. Saline will certainly be prepared to light up Bedford when they visit this Friday, September 23rd.