The Athens Hornets wrapped up a jam packed week of homecoming festivities with a hard fought 23-20 win over the Robinson Rockets Friday night at Bruce Field.
With the return of junior running back Logan Fuller and the 1964 district champion Hornets in attendance, AHS improves to 3-2 on the season.
“Right now, I am glad we did this because this is in honor of the 1964 district championship team. I hope we made the guys proud and I think we did,” coach Paul Essary said. “I told the guys that it was for them tonight. I hope that they can go back home and say they are proud to be a Hornet.”
The Hornets are off next week due to the bye week. They will return to action on Oct. 10 on the road against the Van Vandals. Van was a 45-13 winner of North Lamar as they improved to 5-0 on the year.
“Every game is big because the next time we play it will be a bigger game,” Essary said. “Like I told them, we worry about ourselves and try to get better every week. Right now, we are going to enjoy this win and we are happy that we have an open week because we have some guys that are banged up.”
Logan Fuller rushed for 210 yards on 34 carries and one touchdown against a tough Rockets defensive front line. Devin Hall finished with 11 carries for 19 yards.
Athens jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game behind a 32-yard field goal from David Cedillo on their opening possession of the game.
AHS junior Travon Fuller found the end zone as he blasted his way for 23-yards. The PAT by Cedillo went wide with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter.
The Rockets were able to get on the scoreboard with 4:34 remaining in the opening quarter. Following three straight stops by the defense on the Hornets one yard line, coach Tommy Allison dialed up a running back as LaVonte Owens barreled his way in for the 9-7 deficit. Adrian Ceballos nailed the PAT good.
“I was pleased with the defense except for the goal line stands. We played three downs hard and then on the fourth down they got into the end zone,” Essary said. “I told the coaches at the half that we are two snaps away from being an excellent defensive team. I was proud of them and they stepped up and played as one.”
The Hornets added to the lead in the second quarter as senior quarterback Chad Head scored from a yard out with 2:27 remaining. Cedillo nailed the PAT good for the 16-7 lead.
With 17 seconds remaining, Robinson quarterback Michael Davilla found Rickey Thompson for the five yard touchdown. Travon Fuller blocked the PAT for the 16-13 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Athens scored its final touchdown as Logan Fuller capped off a drive with a four yard touchdown plunge.
Travon Fuller finished with 10 carries for 95 yards for the Hornets. Head lead the Hornets in passing as he finished 3-of-6 for 52 yards, all to Travon Fuller.
Athens 23, Robinson 20
Robinson 7 6 0 0 — 20
Athens 9 7 7 0 — 23
A — David Cedillo 32 FG 8:53
A — Travon Fuller 23 run (kick failed) 6:32
R — LaVonte Owens 1 run (Adrian Ceballos kick) 4:34
A — Chad Head 1 run (Cedillo kick) 2:27
R — Ricky Thompson 5 from Michael Davila (kick blocked) :17
A — Logan Fuller 4 run (Cedillo kick) 7:42
R — Owens 49 run (Ceballos kick) 5:29
First downs 11 21
Rush-yards 27-161 58-324
Passing yards 144 52
C-A-I 8-21-2 3-6-0
Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1
Punts-avg. 1-38 1-30
Penalties-yards 3-15 2-15
Rushing — R: LaVonte Owens 16-118, Michael Davilla 7-30, Garrett Hammond 1-2, Deontre Jackson 1-3, Ricky Thompson 2-8. A: Logan Fuller 34-210, Devin Hall 11-19, Travon Fuller 10-95, Chad Head 3-0.
Passing — R: Michael Davila 8-21-2-144. Chad Head 3-6-52.
Receiving — R: Jacob Fuentes 4-110, LeVonte Owens 1-27, Thompson 1-5, Johnny Rodgers 1-4, Davila 1-minus 4, Team 1-7. A: Fuller 3-52.