As preseason ends, Hornets await opener

The Catawba County Hornets football team completed the 2011 preseason Saturday against the Georgia Xtreme.

“We want to do as well as we can in these games, but we also want to evaluate the talent we have out here,” said Hornets’ coach Doug Frye. “We want to give everyone out here playing time, so we can see what they can do to help us in the regular season.”

The Xtreme went up 24-0 at halftime due to the performance of quarterback Anthony Wynn, who had two touchdown passes.

Wynn connected on a 25-yard strike to Ken Reaves for the first score of the game at the 9:51 mark of the first quarter. His second touchdown pass was a 5-yard throw to Kenneth Russell in the second quarter.

Georgia also scored on a 43-yard kickoff return from Travis Zachary in the second quarter to go up 24-0 after two quarters.

Coming out of halftime, the Hornets managed to break the Xtreme’s momentum and get on to the scoreboard.

After a fumble by Wynn in Hornet territory, quarterback Jaurice Haynes managed to punch in a score from 1-yard out.

The Hornets managed to hold their own in the half and kept pace with the Xtreme.

With just over a minute remaining in the game, Haynes threw a 17-yard strike to receiver Eric Lipford to make it a 30-16 game.

“We had some people on offense in the wrong positions in the first half,” Frye said. “We settled down in the second half.”

The Hornets have two weeks until their season opener — a July 9 contest against the Stanley City Panthers.

Frye said his team will work with one another to try and improve both sides of the ball.

“We are going to the old basic fundamentals and get this offense down,” Frye said. “Our defense will keep working with our offense and hopefully, our defense will improve our offense.”