Hornets sting No. 1 Jayton

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Blackwell football team
makes history again by
reaching state semifinals

GAIL — The month of November was already memorable for the Blackwell football team prior to Friday’s Class 1A, Division II state quarterfinal.
The Hornets had finished the regular season undefeated for the third straight year, while winning their third straight district title earlier in the month.
Blackwell also entered Friday’s game with a first-in-school-history 12-0 record, and was making its first trip to the state quarterfinals since 1996.
But that merely set the stage for the team’s most memorable accomplishment yet — a 62-54 win over No. 1-ranked Jayton at Gail’s Coyote Stadium to reach the state semifinals for — you guessed it — the first time in school history.
Quite an ending for the month, wouldn’t you say?
Next up for the 13-0 Hornets is Motley County (10-3), which beat Groom 62-56 in its state quarterfinal. The game will be played at Knox City and kicks off this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Blackwell will be considered the home team.
Blackwell’s latest win was extra sweet because Jayton — which ended its season with a 12-1 record — had eliminated Blackwell 68-18 in last year’s regional semifinals. And the Jaybirds were a whopping 45-point favorite to win this game — at least according to the sixmanfootball.com website poll that was announced early in the week.
Boy, was it wrong.
Blackwell, in fact, led most of the way this time around. And after battling to a 22-22 draw the first two periods, the Hornets took charge over the final two. They built a 46-30 lead at the end of three quarters, and held off Jayton over the final 10 minutes to set off a big celebration.
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