The Harmony Grove Hornets faced some tough opponents this early into the 2021 High School Football season. The Hornets were not backing down from their chance to compete for their conference title as they hosted the McGehee Owls. Despite a strong fight, Harmony Grove it's third game in the season, the first in conference play at home 36-12.
The Hornets dominated their previous two conference foes in the Dollarway Cardinals at home 45-6 and the previous week on the road against the Smackover 46-6. Much like in it's earlier games in the season, Harmony Grove couldn't match the efficiency or the overall intensity on both sides of the ball.
This past Friday night was the second-most the defense of the Hornets have given up all season. They had the talent to shut down the Owls' offense, but they were over matched through an aggressive running and passing game. Senior inside linebacker Tobias Hicks led Harmony Grove in total tackles accounted for (12). Senior outside linebacker Jermaine Edwards accounted for ten total tackles, eight solo tackles (the most for the Hornets), and one pass breakup. Senior defensive end Logan McCann accounted for six total tackles, four solo tackles, and two tackles for loss (the most for the Hornets). Defensive tackle Grant Bearden was the only other defender for the Hornets to account for a tackle for loss against the efficient offense of the Owls.
This was the least productive offensive performance Harmony Grove has accounted all season. The Hornets fell victims to the constant excessive pass rush of the Owls. This is an offense that is well-balanced in the rushing and passing game, but their consistently exploited in the middle of their offensive line. The Hornets also played a special Owls defense that returned several key all-conference players from the defensive line, linebackers, and the secondary.
The Hornets still have a chance for a conference title or, at least, a great position in the upcoming playoffs this next Friday night. The Hornets (3-3; 2-1 in conference play) will travel to Lake Village next Friday night to take on the Lakeside Beavers (2-4; 2-1 in conference play) for a key battle in the conference standings.