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Saturday, November 14, 2009

A 4th Quarter Hornet Collapse; This Time Norfolk State had the Last Laugh

Remember 2007 when the Hornets were down 21-3 with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Hornets rally to forced overtime and win the game and the MEAC Championship at home?

How about last year on the road at Norfolk when the Hornets were down 28-10 at halftime came back and scored 28 unanswered to win 34-28.

This time Norfolk were playing come from behind and getting the last laugh.

This was the most disappointing fourth quarter the Hornets had ever performed during their 21-16 lost at the hands of Norfolk State at home.

The Hornets had a great offensive/defensive agenda to keep the Spartans at bay for 60minutes. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. In order to win a football game you have top play hard for a full 60 minutes.

Once again the Hornets football found another way to lose by letting Norfolk scored 22 unanswered points in the final 11:48 of the final period.

I'm still scratching my head asking myself, "How in the world did this happen?" Well there is old saying anything can happen in college football.

Plus early in the game the Hornets settle for three field goals instead of touchdowns after forcing three Norfolk State turnovers. It came back to haunt them in the 4th quarter.

Let's start with the offense of the 4th quarter. The Hornets tried to run out the clock or at least try to scored three or six points.

That wasn't the case because the Hornets only put up 20 plays for 81 yards, two punts, and a game ending interception. The Hornets tried to used the running game to their advantage just like the first three quarters and Norfolk was ready for that.

On defense, how in the world did the defense gave up 236 yards in final quarter and let Norfolk State score three touchdowns?

That question was easy, they were playing hard to lose by leaving receivers open even though they tried to blitz it didn't work. Plus there were poor tackling and leaving gaps open for big plays.

Give Norfolk State football team and their fans credit because they didn't quit on the game and themselves. When you down 16-0 in the 4th quarter, you fight to the very end and it paid off in a big way.

Now that the hornets lost the game to Norfolk I'm pretty sure a lot of Hornet fans are pretty upset about the way the game. Some are criticizing the coaches, the players, and the plays they made.

The Hornets better not lose to Howard on Senior Day or there will major changes come next season.

Lady Hornets Impressive In Their Season Debut on Friday The 13th

Even though I couldn't get a chance to see the 1st half due to a bus ride, I was able to catch the second half of the Lady Hornets 84-28 victory over Lincoln University. Oh did you know it was Friday the 13th? That's right and anything can happen on Friday the 13th good or bad.

Let's start with the positives during the game:
-Five lady hornets scored in double-figures: Brittany Washington 17 points (career high), Selena Galloway 17 points (game high), Courtney Crockett 15 points (career high), Alexis Abraham 14 points, and Stephanie Brush 10 points

-The Lady Hornets offense shot a sizzling 52% from the field, 77% from the free throw line, and 22 assists.

-Defense is nothing new to DSU as they had grabbed 43 rebounds, 19 steals and five blocks, and played in that "Detroit Piston" like defensive intensity all night.

Now on to the bad aka the Friday The 13th Jinx:
-DSU's Ashley Thompson played only six minutes after suffering a leg injury. Her status is unknown.

-Lincoln University's offense was so bad that they think it was actually a Jason lurking around Memorial Hall. None the less the offense shot a dismantle 23% from the field, 50% from the free throw line, a technical foul, and 34 turnovers ouch!!! No wonder they only scored 28 points.

-Lincoln was held under 20 points during the first and second half (18 in the 1st, 10 in the 2nd).

-Our attendance was 435 fans, c'mon Hornets fans we have to get better.

Other than that the lady hornets had a great night on offense and defense especially turning defense into offensive points. If they keep this pace maybe you might see another 20 win season. It's way too early to tell because anything can happen in college basketball but I liked their chances and that's no jinx