The 1-3 (0-2) Hudson Tigers came up short again this week when the 4-0 (2-0) Hillsdale Hornets scored with under a minute left in the game to secure the 33-26 victory. Can Hudson recover from losing three in a row to salvage their season?
The Tigers did strike first in this one. Halfway through the first quarter of play, their running back Dan Komarynski scored a touchdown on a 3 yard run. On Hillsdale’s next drive, their quarterback Kenton McCosh would be picked off by Hudson’s Logan Milligan and he would return it 48 yards for a touchdown. The Hornets would get on the board after Brandon McMullen’s 3 yard touchdown run.
In the 2nd quarter Hillsdale would tie it up with another McMullen touchdown run, this one was 17 yards. Going into halftime, the score was all tied up at 14-14.
Under a minute into the half, McCosh would find his receiver Jimmy Chase for a 58 yard touchdown pass. The Hornets’ defense would shut down Hudson and get the ball back, which would lead to another McMullen touchdown run of 36 yards. The Tigers would get one back when Shay McDaniel scored on a 3 yard run before the quarter ended.
The defenses took over and no one could score until the 3:25 mark of the final quarter when Alex Messer scored from 3 yards out to tie the game up. The Hudson defense couldn’t stop the ensuing drive as the Hornets scored with 52 seconds on yet another McMullen rush of 2 yards. This would give Hillsdale the 33-26 victory.
Hudson’s quarterback Messer was 3 for 14 for 62 yards and 2 interceptions. McDaniel was the leading rusher with 24 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. They were led in receiving by Jacob Morgan who had 1 catch for 44 yards.
The Hornets’ McCosh completed 4 of his 13 passes for 106 yards with a touchdown and an interception. McMullen led the way on the ground with 21 carries for 159 yards and 4 touchdowns. Chase was the leading receiver with 1 catch for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Hudson has to be reeling from losing three straight. This one is a heartbreaker that they were in it, but just came up short. I think there are some things from this game that can be built on for the future. For one, their offense line was thought to be an asset at the beginning of the year and they haven’t lived up to the hype thus far. It was thought that they would open up holes for these young backs to do their damage, but every week their yards per carry is going down. They need to get back to basics and block their assignments. They are going to pass with little success, because it’s not their game. If they can’t figure it out, they are already on the verge of their season completely falling apart.
Defensively they aren’t getting it done either. The Tigers are usually known for being strong on that side of the ball, especially in the running game. That hasn’t been the case this year. At first it looked like the pass would be their downfall as it could open up the running game, but right now it looks like they are getting beat in both facets. The line was supposed to be their strength on defense as well and it hasn’t been disrupting the plays enough. This also falls on the linebackers who need to fill the gaps created. This team needs to figure out why they are giving up all these yards and come up with a way to stop it. Their season hinges on it.
Hudson will look to break their losing streak at home this week when they will take on the 0-4 (0-2) Erie-Mason Eagles. The Eagles were defeated at home by the Ida Bluestreaks by a score of 27-14.
Hillsdale will try to continue winning when they travel to play the 0-4 (0-2) Onsted Wildcats. Onsted traveled to the Columbia Central Golden Eagles and left with a 28-6 defeat.