Nashville rolls past DuQuoin, stays perfect in conference

The Nashville Hornets stung conference foe the DuQuoin Indians at home Monday evening, 48-7.

The Hornets (3-1) took the lead early with their explosive offense and never looked back. Nashville scored first with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Turner. They would then follow up with a stinging defense that ended with Buzz Ritzel intercepting a fourth down in the end zone for a touchback.

The Hornet offense would turn up the heat starting in the second with three more touchdowns, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jaxson Goforth. Hornets would be up at halftime, 28-0, with an Even Knolhoff interception.

The third quarter would start off with more defensive plays, as Rayden Schwartzkopf nabbing an interception. Luke Ehret would eventually run it in the end zone after that play to add more to the scoreboard. Later that quarter, Malawy would find a wide open Turner for an easy 39-yard touchdown, and Nick Miller would catch an 11 yard pass as the Hornets continued to dominate the second half.

Du Quoin would score their only touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“Anytime you can beat Du Quoin, that’s a good day. It doesn’t happen that often,” Coach Steve Kozuszek told 104.7 and Section618. “It’s a good win.”

Quarterback Cole Malawy completed 15 out of 21 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns. Isaac Turner pulled in seven receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Jaxson Goforth had three receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown. Buzz Ritzel completed two receptions for 19, yards, while Nick Miller had three receptions, 91 yards and a touchdown.

Connor Gladson led all rushing yards for the Hornets, 8 rushing attempts, accumulating 75 yards and a touchdown. Malawy ran the ball four times for 39 yards, while Miller ran three times for 24 yards.

There was 286 total passing yards and 153 yards on the ground, resulting in an impressive 439 yards in offense.

Nashville will play Benton at home on Saturday, beginning at noon.

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