Catawba County Hornets dominant in season opener
The Catawba County Hornets rolled to a 33-6 victory against the Upstate Vikings in their season opener on Saturday in Gaffney, S.C.
Back up quarterback Jason Kennedy threw three touchdown passes in the game.
Kennedy replaced starter Brandon Streater in the first quarter after he was hurt on a kickoff.
Streater suffered bruised ribs, but should be able to play in the Hornets next game on Saturday.
Streater tossed a 42-yard pass to wideout Centrail Williamson to open the game’s scoring. Streater added the extra point to make it a 7-0 game.
The Vikings answered with an interception return for a touchdown by Tim Good to make it 7-6 after one quarter of play.
However, Catawba County would score the final 26 points of the game.
Kennedy’s first of two touchdown passes came to start the second quarter. He found DeMario Garvin for a 20-yard strike to extend the Hornets lead to 13-6 at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, Hornets defender Brent Wilkerson blocked a Vikings punt, and Parish Reinhardt scooped up the ball and returned it 15 yards for another Hornets score.
Kennedy added his second touchdown pass to close the third quarter, finding Jaurice Haynes for a 52-yard pass-and-catch.
The pass play increased the Hornets lead to 27-6 after the third quarter.
Catawba County added its final touchdown in the game on a 70-yard fumble recovery by 330-pound nose guard Jarrod Holmes.
The Hornets defense has now scored five times in three of games this season, including in two contests in the preseason.
Kennedy led the Hornets offensively with 265 yards to go along with his two passing scores.
Treon Harris led the Hornets defense with 10 tackles (six assisted) and three sacks.
The Hornets open their home schedule on Saturday against the Carolina Colts (6-0).
The game will take place at Westside/Jaycee Park at 8 p.m.