In a rare set of circumstances, Grove City’s two touchdowns came in the opening seconds of each half.
On the first offensive play of the game, a Hornets fumble was picked up by Hunter Hohman who ran it back to the house for an Eagles’ touchdown giving Grove City a 7-0 just seconds into the game.
Will Acrie’s touchdown run tied the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter and it remained 7-7 at the half after a scoreless second.
Grove City again wasted no time getting on the board in the second half, with Nathan Greer returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. With a successful two-point conversion by Hohman, the Eagles took an eight-point lead.
Telesz found Keenan Scullin for a touchdown as Hickory responded and tied the game with a two-point conversion of their own.
Telesz then opened the fourth quarter with a long touchdown run to give the Hornets their first lead of the game, 21-15, on the opening play of the fourth quarter. The PAT attempt was blocked.
Sean Kennedy‘s touchdown run gave the Hornets some breathing room with just over five minutes to go.
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