Late defensive stand has Hickory at 2-0


Hickory took their first lead of the night late in the third quarter

Hornets QB Michael Henwood ran for nearly 150 yards

HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Last week it was an 8-point win for Hickory. This week, the Hornets took their first lead of their game against Sharon with just about three minutes to play. Then, Hickory held onto win by keeping the Tigers out of the end zone to post a 28-21 win.

Defense stood tall early on as Sharon held Hickory on downs on the game’s opening drive. Then, the Hornets’ Hunter Stoots recovered a fumble which was followed by Sharon’s Ty Eilam’s interception.

However, 5 plays later the Tigers found the end zone on a C.J. Parchman 2-yard touchdown run to give Sharon a 7-0 advantage.

To begin the second quarter, Hickory answered with a 13-play drive which began at their own 20-yard line. Their fourth possession of the contest was capped off on a Michael Henwood 15-yard pass to Nathan Richards to tie the game at 7 apiece.

On Sharon’s next drive, the Tigers went 64 yards on 12 plays to take a 14-7 lead on a Ty Eilam touchdown grab. On the drive, Sharon’s standout quarterback Lane Voytik became the school’s all-time leading passer.

To finish up the first half scoring, the Hornets struck with another touchdown connection from Henwood to Richards with no time remaining in the first half. The point after kick failed to send Sharon to halftime with a 1-point advantage (14-13).

To open the second half, Sharon possesses the ball for 5 minutes and 48 seconds as Voytik finds Eilam for a second time on a touchdown play to extend the lead to 8-points (21-13).

Hickory needed just two plays to get back on the board and to tie the game up at 21. Henwood went 57-yards on a touchdown dash. On the two-point conversion, Henwood tossed the ball to Matt Cannone for the score.

Late in the game, Kam Fisher ran 9 yards to give the Hornets their first lead – 28-21 – to culminate their 7-play, 54-yard drive. On Sharon’s first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive, Voytik was picked off by Cannone at the Hornets’ 31-yard line.

After a Hickory punt, Sharon regained possession with under two minutes to play. Voytik completed a 3rd down pass to Jason Phillips to secure a 1st down on the Tiger 42-yard line. Then, Voytik connected with Eilam on a 18-yard pass play which was aided by a personal foul penalty on Hickory which placed the ball on the Hornets’ 25-yard line with 50 seconds.

Voytik, again, came through in the clutch for the Tigers, this time connecting with Marcel Smith-Austin for a 1st down on 4th down. However, four straight incompletions from Hickory’s 13-yard line left Sharon at 0-2.

Sharon (0-2) will be matched against Fairview – in their home opener – in week three. Hickory (2-0) will welcome Mercyhurst Prep next Friday.

Hickory, 28-21
First Quarter
S- C.J. Parchman, 2-yard TD run (S 7-0, 4:08)
Second Quarter
H – Nathan Richards, 15-yard TD catch from Michael Henwood (T 7-7, 6:37)
S – Ty Eilam, 13-yard TD catch from Lane Voytik (S 14-7, 1:22)
H – Nathan Richards, 16-yard TD catch from Michael Henwood (S 14-13, 0:00)
Third Quarter
S – Ty Eilam, 22-yard TD catch from Lane Voytik (S 21-13, 6:08)
H – Michael Henwood, 57-yard TD run (T 21-21, 5:50)
Fourth Quarter
H – Kam Fisher, 9-yard TD run (H 28-21, 3:06)

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