Hornets eliminated by Wildcats
by Andy Collier
Nov 13, 2012 | 1068 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The John F. Kennedy Hornets saw their season come to an end Friday night as they lost to the Calhoun City Wildcats 48-18 in the second round of the 2A State Football Playoffs at Mound Bayou.

Calhoun City scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 14-0 advantage. The Hornets put up 12 points in the second quarter, but Calhoun City’s offense continued to roll by taking a 27-12 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats continued to pour it on in the second half and were able to cruise to the victory.

Calhoun City quarterback Chakel Gates had a huge game by completing 6-of-8 passes for 100 yards with a touchdown and rushing for 154 yards with three touchdowns on 20 carries.

JFK head coach Sheldon Hodge said he knew Gates, as well as the rest of the team, would be tough.

“Calhoun City came in and proved that they were a quality football team,” Hodge said. “The quarterback for Calhoun City had a really dominant game. Carnez Gant was assigned to defend the quarterback, but he separated his shoulder early in the first quarter, and we had to chance our whole defensive strategy at that point. He got back in the game, but we couldn’t put him back on the quarterback.”

Gant, despite battling an injured shoulder, still rushed for 43 yards with a touchdown on 10 carries and caught a 23-yard TD pass.

Ladaris Johnson completed 6-of-19 passes for 117 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 43 yards with a touchdown on seven carries to aid the offense, followed by Eugene Pruitt with three catches for 65 yards.

For Calhoun City, Cartin McBride aided the Wildcats with 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, followed by Lavarious Varnado with 51 yards on seven carries and J’Shon Coleman with 35 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

On defense for Calhoun City, McBride and Cyle Havens led the Wildcats with six tackles each, followed by Rainer Nichols with an interception.

“Calhoun City was real strong on the night, and they pretty much had their way through out the night,” Hodge said. “Overall, I was proud of my kids. We only had five starters returning from a 10-2 team. For the team to go 9-4 showed their hard work. Our assistant coaches Marcellus Chatman, Randall Kelly, Derek Bell and Marcus Henry did a wonderful job helping me on the staff.”

JFK ended its season at 9-4, while Calhoun City (9-4) will play Eupora in the third round this Friday.