Hornets sting Falcons to get 6th straight win

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

BLACKWELL — Blackwell trailed Veribest 8-6 in the first quarter of the teams’ non-district football game Friday after a 35-yard scoring pass by the Falcons.
However, Veribest’s kickoff was returned 45 yards for a touchdown by Blackwell’s Hunter Perry, a score that regained the Hornets’ lead for good in a 67-22 win that was halted in the third quarter by the mercy rule.
Friday’s victory improved Blackwell’s record to 6-0 — with one game left prior to the start of district play that begins on Oct. 26 following an open date.
Blackwell showcased its depth, as seven different players scored the team’s 10 touchdowns and two others had points in their game with the Falcons.
Blackwell scored four of its TDs on passes, three on runs, two on kickoff returns and one on a fumble return by Cameron Coldiron for the last score with 4:36 to play in the third quarter for Blackwell’s third mercy rule win of the season. Michael Lowry had Blackwell’s other kickoff return for a TD.
Brandon Brinkman threw two TD passes — a 40-yard strike to Coldiron for the first Blackwell points and a 9-yarder to Caleb Sirmons — and also scored on an 11-yard pass from Lowry, who also threw a 14-yard TD pass to Devan Clower.
Peyton Hinckley scored on runs of 37 and 6 yards in the first half, which ended with the Hornets leading 47-22, and Coldiron also scored on a 36-yard run prior to his game-ending fumble return. Since a three-point win at Highland, Blackwell has won its last four games by at least 29 points.
Clint Lowry, Blackwell’s head coach, said depth has helped overcome injuries to a few key players. “We are fortunate. With all of the bumps and bruises the guys have stepped up when we had to. (Veribest) scored on a couple of long plays tonight but that happens in six-man. I was proud of the way that we finished.”
Two top defenders missed Friday’s game due to earlier injuries, but one of them is expected to rejoin Blackwell in a few weeks when the team begins district play.
Blackwell is home again vs. Santa Anna this Friday.

Blackwell's Junior Guia (20), Michael Lowry (3) and Caleb Sirmons team up to tackle Isaac Oviedo of Veribest in Friday's game.
Photo by Kevin Wright