High School Sports

Hornets get physical in blowout

JEFFERSONVILLE — Earnest Butts ran for 230 yards with three touchdowns in the first half, and the Twiggs County defense allowed only 57 first half yards as the Cobras defeated Savannah Country Day 43-14 on Friday.

Butts ended the game with 253 yards, and Daven Bell added 106 as the Cobras’ offense line dominated the smallish Hornets defense.

Twiggs County head coach Dexter Copeland thought his team could pound the ball against Savannah Country Day.

“We saw their film, and it was obvious that we were bigger and stronger,” Copeland said. “It was our plan to play physical football, and that is what we were able to do.”

After Twiggs County drove 76 yards on their first drive with little resistance, capped by Butts’ 27-yard touchdown run, Jeremy Stanley delivered a jarring hit on the Hornets’ Kevin Blackburne setting the tone for the first half.

The Hornets were unable to move the football as quarterback Cord Glaize suffered through a difficult 2-for-15 first half for only 27 yards passing. Glaize did manage to rebound in the second half as he led the Hornets on two scoring drives and threw for 186 yards.

“I thought our offensive line was very good. Josh Byron, Chris Ross and Steve Durham are seniors who have done a great job for us all year,” Copeland said. “It doesn’t take much to get our running backs going. I think that Earnest Butts is one of the better running backs in Middle Georgia, and I am thankful that he is only a junior. I was very pleased with the way we played, especially in the first half.”