Tom Waddill / The Huntsville Item Huntsville sophomore Morie Evans told his coach Thursday night that he hadn’t scored a touchdown at Bowers Stadium yet.
“You’ll get an opportunity to do that tomorrow night,” coach Shane Martin promised.
Martin gave his talented, young receiver a few opportunities Friday and boom, boom, boom. Evans delivered three touchdowns to help the red-hot Hornets romp to a 47-13 victory over Caney Creek on homecoming in Huntsville.
Evans scored twice in the opening period, first on a 5-yard run, then on a slick 60-yard pass from quarterback Malik Brown. Right before halftime, Evans took off on an 81-yard touchdown run to put Huntsville on top 27-10.
“Our linemen blocked for us, we did our assignments and I did my assignment, too. Everybody was on the same page, I guess,” Evans said simply. “We did what we had to do.”
Evans wasn’t the only Hornet to hit the trifecta Friday. Senior utility man Ricky Bennett scored a pair of offensive touchdowns on short quarterback sneaks, then he picked off a pass and returned it 37 yards for a score late in the third quarter.
Senior running back James Burns, who had 131 yards on only six carries, completed the Hornets’ scoring with an 18-yard TD run.
“Offensively, what can I say?” Martin said with a smile. “We’ve got some guys, when they touch the ball it can be a house call every time. Our offense has a lot of big-play potential. When you look at the speed we have and the things we do, we’re a big-play offense at times.
“I’d like to be a little more balanced, but we didn’t have time to do that tonight. We were scoring pretty quick, scoring on some great runs. We threw the ball when we had to, but we didn’t have to throw it much.”
The Hornets, who won their third straight game and improved to 3-1 in District 18-4A play and 4-2 on the season, didn’t have to run the ball many times, either. Evans carried it four times for 139 yards; Burns picked up 131 yards on six rushes.
Brown added 32 yards on four carries, while Bennett scored on his only two totes, one of 6 yards and the other 2.
Brown threw only seven passes, completing six for 114 yards. Junior Ryan Bristow relieved in the second half and completed his only throw.
At the end of the game, Caney Creek dominated the time of possession 34:53 to 13:07, but the Panthers (1-4 in 18-4A play, 2-5 overall) and their slow-grinding option offense had problems putting the ball in the end zone.
Caney Creek scored on its opening drive, then the Panthers booted a pair of field goals, one on the last play of the first half. That was the last time the Panthers sniffed the end zone.
Huntsville’s defense turned up the heat in the second half and held Caney Creek to 56 yards of offense after Bennett was crowned homecoming king at halftime.
“We never want to give up anything defensively. We’re selfish,” Martin said. “We started playing faster and more sound. The kids really played well in the second half.”
The Panthers, who got 135 yards rushing from fullback Jeremy Collins and a 14-yard touchdown run from tailback Chris Coffer, moved the ball effectively in the first half. Caney Creek had 230 total yards offense at the break, but the Panthers finished with 286.
“We stepped our game up and started clogging all the holes,” Huntsville defensive lineman Cody Garcia said. “In the first half, we didn’t play to our full potential. In the second half we just brought it. We stepped on their throat.
“We’ve got to keep going, keep working, keep practicing. We can’t get too big-headed. We’ve just got to play every game like it’s our last one.”
The Hornets head back to Magnolia next week for a big game against Magnolia West. With a 21-20 win over rival Magnolia on Friday, Magnolia West improved to 2-2 in district, which puts the Mustangs a game behind third-place Huntsville in the tight 18-4A race.
Brenham, which defeated Montgomery 23-7 Friday, stands alone at the top of 18-4A with a 4-0 record. Montgomery (4-1) leads the Hornets by half a game, while Magnolia West, Willis and Bryan Rudder are all 2-2.