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November 18, 2010

Hornets hope to make football history

Athens — The Athens Hornets are trying to go where no Hornet football team before them has gone before — to the third round of the Texas high school football playoffs.

To get there, Athens (9-2) will have to defeat the Lorena Leopards (10-1) tonight in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Corsicana's Tiger Stadium. The winner of Friday night's game will move on to the Region III-3A semifinals to face the winner of West Orange-Stark and Brookshire-Royale.

The last Athens football team to advance to the area round was the 1990 football team, which dropped a 30-28 decision to Crosby to exit the playoffs.

The Hornets are also looking to win 10 games in a season for the first time since Duke Carlisle's 1959 Hornets accomplished the feat. Carlisle went on to play at The University of Texas.

The 2010 Hornets are the first Athens football team to make consecutive playoff appearances since 1958 and 1959.

All tickets at the gate are $7. All Athens ISD employee ID badges (for employee only), Senior Citizen passes and District 17 and 19 passes will be accepted as free admission.

 

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