Hogan Prep beats Van Horn to stay perfect
By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Van Horn receiver Nolan Ingold was certain the Falcons finished Friday’s 35-12 loss to undefeated Class 3 No. 7 Hogan Prep the way tight end and teammate Joseph Naiuli would’ve wanted.
Naiuli was injured going for a third-quarter onside kick Friday and left the field at Truman High School on a stretcher. On the sidelines, “there was a lot of emotion,” but the Falcons knew he’d back eventually, said Ingold, who contributed a TD reception, as did Naiuli. They also knew he’d want them to play hard.
“So that’s what we did,” Ingold said. “We didn’t give up.”
Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert noticed “maybe a little bit” of an increase in intensity in the Falcons following Naiuli’s injury. Overall, the Falcons’ second half was better than their first, he said.
“We weren’t executing consistently enough the first half,” Tolbert said.
Because of that inconsistency, the Falcons (4-3) found themselves in a 20-0 hole within the first 13 minutes. The Rams scored on their first three possessions, all on plays of 60 yards or longer.
Anthony Sherril’s 81-yard TD run and Ke’Waun Riley’s extra-point kick gave Hogan Prep the opening lead with 6:58 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Isaih Baylis then connected with Sherril for a 63-yard TD pass and Riley booted another point after with 3:21 left in the quarter. Edward Collins’ 60-yard romp made it 20-0 with 11:26 left in the second quarter.
“Given them credit,” Tolbert said. “They’ve got some of the most outstanding athletes in this area. A lot of people don’t know about them, but their kids are faster than anybody we’ve seen maybe since I’ve been here.”
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