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Pisgah powers past Loyd Star Hornets

The Pisgah Dragons (4-0) were too much for the Loyd Star Hornets (1-3) to handle on Friday night as the visitors from Rankin County took a 41-7 win on W.E. “Sambo” Smith Field.

Trailing 20-0 at halftime, Loyd Star coach Brian Ford and his team put together a strong drive to get on the board. The Hornets received the opening kick and used their running game to move down the field.

Runs by Thomas Kelly and Julius Smith got the Hornets close. Facing 4th-and-1 from the Pisgah 12-yard line, Ford elected to go for it.

A fullback dive went to sophomore Bryson Walker. Walker burst through the middle of the Dragon line and made it down to the half-yard line.

On the next play Ford gave the ball to Walker again as he plunged into the end zone for the lone Loyd Star score.

“We wanted to come out in the second half and give better effort and. I feel like we did that,” said Ford. “We had two penalties in the second half that led to scores, other than that we saw much better fight in the second half. We were on our heels in the first two quarters.”

The Hornets are still don’t have a complete roster as multiple players are working back from injuries.

“We’ve got a few guys hurt that we need to get better and we need them to get well soon before we start region play,” said Ford. Loyd Star leading rusher Versie Wilson was limited in the game. Junior running back Eric Birch played but did not carry the ball after being out for most of the season.

“We’re going to turn Eric loose next week and let him carry the ball,” said Ford.

Next week for the Hornets is a trip to Attala County to take on McAdams.