Hornets roll past A-J in conference opener

Nashville fired on all pistons Friday night, outscoring conference foe Anna-Jonesboro in a 47-22 romp at home.

The Hornets combined stellar offense and stifling defense to secure another high-scoring first half at home. More than one big play on both sides of the line uplifted Nashville to move to 1-0 in Sirr Mississippi play.

“Hopefully we showed that our offense is pretty diverse,” Head Coach Stephen Kozuszek said. “That’s always been the goal for the offense over the past few years is just to be diverse and spread the ball around as much as we can.”

Nashville scored on its first few possessions of the night, thanks to a 10-yard rushing touchdown within the first two minutes of the first quarter. The Hornets then recovered a fumble and parlayed it into a 7-yard running touchdown from senior Ian Blazier at 9:21.

A couple of more big plays rounded out the first, including a 33-yard run from senior quarterback Kolten Gajewski at 1:40 and a 56-yard sprint from senior Connor Gladson as the time expired.

The second quarter saw more Hornet dominance. Gajewski got his second rushing touchdown — a nine-yard run — at 7:36 and then hurled a 32-yard pass to senior Isaac Turner at the 4:37 mark.

A few seconds later, Blazier recovered a Wildcat fumble, and a couple of plays and less than 30 seconds of game time later, it was Blazier again in the end zone after a 19-yard run for the final score before halftime. The score was 47-0 Nashville.

A-J would score three touchdowns against the Hornet bench and convert two points in the second half to avoid a shutout.

Eduardo Garibay went 4 for 4 in extra point attempts in the first quarter. He ended the night at 5 of 7.

The Hornets will visit Marquette Alton next week, beginning at 7 p.m.

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