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Off the Schneid!

Hundred Hammers Hannan, Stops Losing Streak At 50

September 19, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

The eight-year drought of not tasting victory in 50-straight games came to an abrupt ending Saturday afternoon at Hannan High School when the Hornets, behind the running of Skylar Goff and Andrew Zedell, took home a hard-fought 42-26 victory.

"What can I say," said Hundred Hornets Head Coach Shayne Minor, minutes after he and assistant coach Corey Kimble got drowned with water by their players. "We have been telling the boys for two years never give up, and that, with hard work, it will pay off, and today it did."

"As voice of the Hornets and mayor of Hundred, I would like to announce the Hundred High School football team has ended one of the nation's longest losing streaks today, defeating Hannan High School 42 to 26," noted Hundred Mayor Charles Goff on Saturday. "The entire community is so proud of the entire team and Coach Minor and Coach Kimble. It feels great. It's a great day to be a Hornet!"

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Photo by Tina McBee
Martin Baker (12) and his dad Shannon, the Hundred Hornets’ team trainer, celebrate the team’s first win in 50 games, a 42-26 thumping of Hannan.

Both teams traded punts with the Hornets started their journey at their 40-yard line after a short Hannan punt.

Zedell started their journey off with a dazzling 11-yard romp, and a new set of downs. After five productive runs by Zedell and Goff the Hornets were sitting pretty at the Wildcats' two-yard line when Zedell found the end-zone to give the visiting Hornets a 6-0 after the failed PAT kick.

After the ensuing kick, the Wildcats chewed up some yardage down to the Hornets 40-yard line, before the Hornets' defense rose to the occasion and held Hannan on downs.

Fact Box

Hornets' Football Team Named Athletes of the Week

This past week we had a few athletes who rose above the rest, but we settled for several... from one team - that is the entire Hundred Hornets football team.

Skylar Goff and Andrew Zedell did most of the damage Saturday afternoon in Hannan, with a total of 413 total yards and six touchdowns, but couldn't have gotten the yards in the team's first win since 2010 - and 50 losses in a row - if it weren't for help from their teammates.

Players like Charles Rine, Jacob Kuhn, Martin Baker, David Derby, Bryce Bartrug, David Gray, Brendon Tedrow, Dyllan Gump, Luke Henderson, Chris Rine, Issac Price, Kyler Peters, Brendon Bailey, Brayden Cottrill, Gauge Boston, Michael Blare, and Logan Norris have worked harder than ever before and each helped in one way or another to bring victory to the Hundred Hornets. This is why all of these athletes are the Wetzel Chronicle's Athletes Of The Week.

Only area athletes from Hundred, Magnolia, Paden City, River and Valley are eligible to be named "Athlete of the Week," and can only be named one time, until they reach playoffs, as well as conference tournaments.

Hundred got close to midfield on a nifty run by Goff before the first quarter ended, but later facing a third and long, a bad snap ended their quest and the Wildcats took over at midfield.

It didn't take Hannan too long to get from midfield to inside the red-zone with the help of two straight personal fouls. However, a hard hit by Zedell jarred the ball loose and Goff recovered at their own 30 yard line.

Excited about denying the hosts a scoring chance, the Hornets big bad front line moved Wildcats afar that gave Goff and Zedell running room that resulted with a seven-play 60-yard drive, tapped off by a 13-yard Zedell touchdown scamper, and a Zedell to Jacob Kuhn two-point conversion pass reception that gave Hundred a 14-0 lead, late in the first half.

However, the Wildcats went right to work and was setting pretty inside Hornet territory before Brandon Rine picked off a Wildcat pass to halt the Wildcat bid for points in the first half, with Hundred holding on to a 14-0 lead at the break.

You could cut the Hundred feelings with a knife as they wondered what was going to happen this time to hurt their chances again, to begin the second half.

The feelings that all the players and their fans had about what next was going to happen quickly vanished when Goff took the second half kick and ran it back 70 yards to the house, with the help of some nice blocking by a swarm of Hornets to give Hundred a 22-0 lead after the Zedell quarterback keeper.

The Hannan Wildcats quickly changed their tactics and started to pass the ball much more than they had previously, and scored back-to-back touchdowns to narrow the gap to 22-12 midway through the third period.

The Hornets saw their chances starting to diminish, but just as quick, Hundred went back to work and just as quickly got a boost when Goff ran back a 40-yard touchdown scamper, with Zedell adding the two-point conversion run for a 30-12.

After another Hannan TD, Goff would run 66 yards to paydirt with Martin Baker getting the two-point pass from Zedell.

Hannan was scoring at will in the third period, cashing in their third of four chances to close the gap to 38-20 with one period to go.

Zedell scored a 37-yard scamper on the last play of the third period to give the visitors a 42-20 lead with one period remaining.

The Hannan Wildcats scored their last touchdown in the fourth, while the Hornets safety Jacob Kuhn picked off the Wildcats that halted another Hannan scoring chance.

The historic game that ended the Hundred Hornets 0-50 eight-year losing streak also had history in that Hannan Head Coach Kellie Thomas is believed to be the first female WV High School Varsity Football Coach.

Goff paced the Hornets with 183 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while adding another touchdown on a 75-yard kick-off return. Zedell rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns, while passing for 42-yards all to Bryce Bartrug. Kuhn, Baker and Zedell all had successful two point PATs.

Defensively, Brandon Rine made nine tackles and picked off a Wildcat pass, while Zedell made eight tackles and caused a fumble. Goff made six tackles, and recovered a fumble. Kuhn also had an interception.

The Hornets will look to start a winning steak when they travel to Paden City to take on another Wildcat team Friday with at 7 p.m. kick-off on Berger Field.

 
 
 

 

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