Gant runs JFK to rainy night victory
by Donell Maxie
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JFK's Carnez Gant (23) gets ready to run back onto the sloppy muddy field a C.V. Thurmond Field in Mound Bayou Friday night after breaking free on a 92-yard touchdown run. Gant and the Hornets beat Ray Brooks 34-0. Gant rushed for 248 yards on seven carries with three touchdowns.
JFK's Carnez Gant (23) gets ready to run back onto the sloppy muddy field a C.V. Thurmond Field in Mound Bayou Friday night after breaking free on a 92-yard touchdown run. Gant and the Hornets beat Ray Brooks 34-0. Gant rushed for 248 yards on seven carries with three touchdowns.
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It was a slippery night for everyone except John F. Kennedy's Carnez Gant who scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Hornets over the Ray Brooks Tigers 34-0 in a Region 2-1A showdown.

"I have to give all the credit to our offensive line. They did a great job of opening up holes and creating angles for the running backs. We had a few miscues handling the football, but that's to be expected under these conditions, but for the most part I'm proud of our running game," said JFK head coach Sheldon Hodge.

With the win the Hornets improved to 2-2 overall with a 1-0 mark in the Region. Ray Brooks fell to 0-5 with a 0-2 mark in Region play.

With a constant downpour throughout the night the Hornets and Tigers took the field with caution.

On the second play of the night a bad snap over JFK quarterback Ladarious Johnson's head hit the ground, but an aware Gant scooped up the drenched pigskin and scampered down the left sideline for a 45 yard touchdown with 11:22 on the clock.

Xavier Roberts added the two-point conversion run for an 8-0 JFK lead.

The Tigers was forced to punt on their next possession, but the Tigers defense stood tough an forced a JFK fumble and recovered it to regain possession.

The Tigers could not muster any offense with the turnover and was forced to punt again. This time the field position flipped as the punt landed inside of the five-yard line.

The Tigers defense stopped the Hornets on the first play, but on the next one Gant struck again as he found a hole and broke lose, exhibiting his speed on the muddy field as he scored on a 95 yards run with 2:53 left in the first quarter.

The conversion attempt failed, but JFK led the contest 14-0.

As the game rolled over into the second quarter, the Hornets found themselves on the move again and with 7:41 left in the second, Roberts plunged in from three yards out for a 20-0 JFK lead.

The Hornets held on to that lead at halftime and after a short halftime break the two teams were back at it as the rain continued to pour.

With 8:06 remaining in the third quarter, Gant scored on a 24-yard run to give the Hornets a 26-0 lead.

JFK added one more score with 14-seconds remaining in the third quarter as Roberts punched the ball in from three-yards out. Roberts added the two-point conversion for a 34-0 lead, which would also be the final score.

Gant led the Hornets with 248 yards on seven carries with three touchdowns. Roberts finished with 82 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. Curtis Lymon led the Hornets with seven tackles and a forced fumble, Damien Hodges and Roberts had six tackles each.

The Hornets will be back in action t 7 p.m. Friday on the road in Shaw. The Tigers will be off this week.