The Athens Hornets got a passing grade from third-year head coach Jim Wommack after their 2-1 scrimmage loss Friday night to Quinlan Ford.

Barely.

“I’m always going to be positive about our kids and what we’re doing,” Wommack said. “But we did OK — just OK.

“And we’re to a point now where our kids know we’re not satisfied with just OK.”

Wommack said he and the coaching staff did see some good things, but were disappointed the Hornets didn’t match Quinlan Ford’s enthusiasm and intensity.

The Hornets and Panthers battled to a 1-1 standoff in the controlled portion of the scrimmage. AHS was outscored 1-0 in a timed live quarter.

“As a whole, we were a little sluggish and there are some little things we need to fix,” Wommack said. “But I believe in these kids and know they will work this week to be ready for Wills Point.”

The Hornets are scheduled to open the season Friday at Wills Point. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Wommack noted the play of running backs Dhe’Ryan Jackson and Dexter Warfield and Michael Johnson and Anthony Crayton on defense.

The Hornets did not commit a turnover and forced one.

In the sub-varsity scrimmages, the JV Hornets were a 5-2 winner and AHS came away with a 6-3 win in the freshman scrimmage.

“I’m always going to be proud of our kids,” Wommack said. “But we can’t show up at Wills Point like we did at Quinlan. Wills Point is very talented.

The Hornets took a 37-14 win over Wills Point last year on their way to a 4-6 record.

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