Indians put end to Hornets' run

Published: Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 4:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 4:16 p.m.

MAYO — Keystone Heights held the ball for more than 36 minutes to snap Lafayette's 26-game regular-season winning streak as the Indians defeated the Hornets 16-0 to start the season Friday.

Keystone managed to run the ball at will on Lafayette as both Greg Taylor and Matt Story gained 90 yards on the ground. The Indians controlled the clock from the start, allowing the Hornets to run only 12 plays in the second half.

After a scoreless first quarter, Keystone Heights got on the board after recovering a Lafayette fumble on the Indians’ 7-yard line. The ensuing 75-yard drive took 8:11 off the clock and ended in a Ryan Miller field goal that made it 3-0 heading into the half.

Mistakes and turnovers put the game out of reach for the Hornets. A pass interference call on 4th-and-9 gave the Indians a first down on the Lafayette 15-yard line. Six plays later, Story ran in from three yards out. Miller’s extra point sailed wide, and the Indians led 9-0.

Quinn Frier, in for Lafayette running back Eric McIntyre who was temporarily knocked unconscious after a hard hit on the first play of the second half, lost a fumble on the Indian 45-yard line on the following drive, setting up Taylor’s 7-yard score.

Lafayette lost the ball again on a fumbled snap, and three minutes later on a Jamal Reid fumbled punt return, but the score would stand at 16-0.

Keystone compiled 19 first downs to only five for the Hornets. Lafayette had the only three turnovers of the game. The Indians outrushed the Hornets 210 yards to 76.

The Sun’s super 11 duo of Chad Hempstead (3-9, 50 yards, 3 sacks) and Jamal Reid (1 reception, 23 yards) were ineffective mostly because of the lack of possession time.

“Coming in, I thought it was going to be a one-score game,” said Keystone coach Chuck Dickinson. “After the first half, I figured it was going to be a three-point game. Fortunately, they turned the ball over a couple of times. If they didn’t turn the ball over, they might have had a chance.”

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