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When a strong wind rendered quarterbacks all but useless, it took a solid three-man rotation at running back for Horn Lake to escape Hernando 16-14 on Friday.
Head coach Mitchell Harville had burned through all of his timeouts for the second half by the end of the third quarter and relied on his defense to make critical stops.
“We played together,” Harville said. “We overcame a lot of obstacles and our defense played absolutely lights out against a very talented Hernando offense.”
Ultimately, it was a safety early in the third quarter that proved to be the winning score for Horn Lake.
Strong winds out of the north were in favor of Hernando in the fourth quarter, which left the running game as the only viable option for Horn Lake.
“I knew they were going to have the wind with them in the fourth,” Harville said. “That meant we had to run a lot more because it takes a lot to throw against that.”
The three-man rotation at running back took carry after carry on the final drive of the game to soak up over half of the fourth quarter.
“Being able to get the ball down the field at the end of the game was huge,” Harville said. “We are fortunate to have three guys who are all pretty good with the ball in their hands and can make plays.”
Editor's note: an earlier version of this story incorrectly named a player in a caption because of an error in a roster.