By Derek Lopez
The Sudan Hornets’ opened District play in a big way on Friday night, posting a shutout victory over the Bovina Mustangs, 48-0. They will look to do much of the same this week as they host the Seagraves Eagles.
Head Coach John Cornelius talked about the victory, saying, “I think anytime you get in these rivalry games anything could happen. I felt our kids did a good job of maintaining composure and executing the game plan.”
The coach talked about pitching a shutout, saying, “We emphasize defense above all else. We feel that in order to become an elite team you have to be solid on that side of the ball. The boys have done very well adapting to our system.”
He added, “We need to continue to play fast and swarm to the football against Seagraves.”
The Hornets (6-0), host a Seagraves team (3-3), who is coming into the contest after suffering a six-point district loss to Farwell last week, 18-12.
“Offensively we continue to make strides each week,” Coach Cornelius said. “We still feel like we are leaving a lot of yards and points out there. We have to do a better job of eliminating penalties. Usually when a drive stalls out, it has been the result of a bad penalty or turnover.”
The coach talked about who they will have to keep an eye on, on Friday in order to slow down the Eagles offense, saying, Kingsley Rodriguez and DJ Foreman are their running backs and both present a big challenge for our defense.”
He added, “I feel that they are as good or better than all the other backs in the district.”
Coach Cornelius stated that he feels the keys to victory remain the same take care of the football and finish drives.
“We will have to play well defensively to stop Seagraves’ running attack,” he said.
Kick-off for this contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.