Roswell Defeats Buford at Corky Kell Classic, 24-7

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by Ty Simons

POWDER SPRINGS— The Hornets pulled off a victory against Buford High School on Aug. 19 in a matchup at the Corky Kell Classic, hosted by McEachern High School.

Both Roswell and Buford have the distinction of being state runners-up last season, Roswell in Class AAAAAA and Buford in the Class AAAA.  

Friday’s game also marked the first meeting between these two teams in over three decades. Having been defeated 34-10 last time around in 1983, Friday’s outcome was much more favorable to the Hornets, who were able to hold their opponent to a single touchdown for the second time this season.

And also just like last week, the Hornets managed to score in the opening seconds of the game, as senior Xavier McKinney returned the kickoff from the 9-yard line for a touchdown. A series of scoreless drives and three penalty flags against the Hornets in the first quarter seemed to sap some of Roswell’s early momentum, as Buford leveled out the score with a touchdown of their own late in the first quarter.

However, the Roswell defense was able to shut Buford down from there, keeping the Wolves scoreless for the rest of the game. The Hornets’ defense was led by senior outside linebackers Justin Ellis and Sam DiRoberto, who kept the pressure on the Buford offense, most notably with an Ellis sack for a loss of an incredible 11 yards in the second quarter. Roswell was able to score once more before the half, with senior wide receiver Jayden Comma catching a 24-yard pass from senior signal-caller Malik Willis for the touchdown.

Roswell further widened the score in the third quarter when senior running back Sheldon Evans ran the ball in from 13 yards out for Roswell’s final touchdown of the game. Evans appeared to be well on his way to a second touchdown on Roswell’s next drive with a big 21-yard run that brought the ball into Buford territory. He followed that up later with an 18-yard run into the endzone. A holding penalty against the Hornets, though, brought Roswell back to the 24-yard line. Unable to make it into the endzone a second time, the team turned to senior kicker Turner Barckhoff, who nailed a 43-yard field goal to put the Hornets up 24-7. A scoreless fourth quarter rounded out the game.

The Hornets’ next two games will be at home. After a bye week on Aug 26, Roswell will host Central Gwinnett on Sept 2. Colquitt County, who met Roswell in last year’s state championship game at the Georgia Dome, will come to town on Sept. 9

Hornets Cruise to Victory in Preseason Opener

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QB Malik Willis Makes his Debut in 37-7 Win over Langston Hughes

ROSWELL— After last year’s nearly perfect season, the Roswell Hornets met everyone’s high expectations in their first preseason game on Aug. 12 with a convincing victory against fellow Fulton County team Langston Hughes.

Friday’s game marked the Roswell debut of senior quarterback Malik Willis, who transferred to Roswell this year from Westlake High in Atlanta. Willis could not have made much of a better first impression than he did, electrifying the crowd with a 70-yard run up the middle for a touchdown in the first 12 seconds of the game.

On their next drive of the quarter, the Hornets delivered another touchdown in a 5-play drive, featuring senior running back Sheldon Evans catching two passes for a total gain of 28 yards, and a 23-yard quarterback sneak from Willis.  The drive was capped on a 6-yard rush into the endzone from junior Christian Ford.

The Hornets started off the second quarter with another scoring drive, this time finishing on a 1-yard rush from Evans.  With a three-touchdown lead over the Panthers, Head Coach John Ford let some of the second-string talent rack up some in-game experience. Junior Walt Warren took over at the helm as quarterback with about five minutes left in the quarter, and led the team to their fourth touchdown, with senior Jayden Comma catching the ball in the end zone for the score.

Langston Hughes’ lone touchdown came in the waning minutes of the second quarter on a 38-yard touchdown reception.  As time expired, the Hornets responded with a 52-yard field goal from senior kicker Turner Barckhoff and took a 31-7 lead into the locker room.       

A scoreless and largely uneventful third quarter ended with Roswell a yard away from the endzone on fourth-and-goal, which they turned over on downs on the first play of the fourth. The last few minutes of the game saw an impressive performance from sophomore Kamonty Jett, who rushed for 34 yards on Roswell’s final offensive series, setting up junior Kevin Hong’s 1-yard TD rush for the last touchdown of the game. A failed extra point conversion left the final score at 37-7.

The defense also lived up to expectations throughout the game, with seniors Koby Cumberlander and Max Boyd recording sacks, and excellent pass coverage provided by senior defensive back Xavier McKinney and junior safety Jesse Bridgman.

Roswell will next face off against the Buford Wolves on Aug. 19, 5:45 PM at McEachern High School’s Cantrell Stadium as part of the Corky Kell Classic Tournament.  Come out and support of your Hornets as they begin their 2016 campaign!

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Next Game vs. Central Gwinnett

Varsity Schedule and Results

* Region 4-AAAAAAA Game

08/12/2016 Langston Hughes (preseason) 37 - 7 W
08/19/2016 @ Buford 24 - 7 W
09/02/2016 Central Gwinnett 7:30 PM
09/09/2016 Colquitt County 7:30 PM
09/23/2016 @ Archer 7:30 PM
09/30/2016 @ Milton 7:30 PM
10/07/2016 Lassiter* 7:30 PM
10/14/2016 @ Walton* 7:30 PM
10/21/2016 @ Etowah* 7:30 PM
10/28/2016 Woodstock* 7:30 PM
11/04/2016 Cherokee* 7:30 PM
2016 RHS Touchdown Club