Gatesville Fightin' Hornets Athletics

HORNET FIGHT NEVER DIES!.........................September 20 - Tennis Varsity here vs. China Spring (suspended from Thursday).........................September 22 - Volleyball 7th-8th at China Spring.........................September 23 - Volleyball 9th-JV-Varsity at Taylor.........................September 23 - Tennis Varsity at Groesbeck.........................September 25 - Football 9th-JV at Salado.........................September 25 - Football 7th-8th vs. Salado.........................September 26 - Football Varsity at Salado.........................September 26 - Cross country at Waco High meet.........................September 27 - Volleyball 9th-JV-Varsity at Robinson.........................September 27 - Cross country 7th-8th at Salado meet
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VOLLEYBALL: GHS 24-5 After 3-0 Sweep of Llano
Gatesville High extended its winning streak to seven games with an easy sweep of Llano here Friday night. The Hornets' 25-9, 25-5, 25-5 win was their 24th of the season. GHS (24-5 overall) closes out non-district play Tuesday at Taylor (JV and 9th Grade at 5:00, Varsity at 6:00 PM), then opens District 17-4A play September 27 at 5th-ranked Robinson. "I thought our kids did a good job tonight, and we had the opportunity to get a lot of playing time for some players that don't always get that chance," said GHS coach Rickey Phillips. "We need to continue playing well because the 10 district games are going to be grueling. The district is one of, if not the, toughest in Class 4A and every game is going to be a battle."
FOOTBALL: West Scores Late to Down GHS 20-17
West used a last-minute scoring march to down Gatesville 20-17 Friday night in non-district play. In a game that saw the lead change hands most of the night, the Trojans' score with less than a minute to play capped a night of wild plays and excitement played before an overflow crowd at Trojan Field. Gatesville, which had picked up its first win of the season a week earlier against then-unbeaten Waco Connally, falls to 1-3. The Hornets close out non-district play next week at home against Salado. West, which remained unbeaten with the win, took a 3-0 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Trojans took advantage of a high snap on a punt attempt and set up shop deep in Hornet territory. The GHS defense stiffened and forced a 22-yard field goal. Gatesville wasted little time erasing the deficit, assembling a nifty 92-yard scoring march that consumed nine plays. Jeff Speer (167 yards passing) connected with Andraque Jones (101 yards receiving, 38 rushing) on a 57-yard pass to set up the Hornets' first trip to the end zone, which ended with Jones scoring on a 1-yard run. Abate Hennessy's PAT made it 7-3 with 1:15 left in the period. Gatesville's defense would flex its muscles again during the second quarter. West took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the GHS 18 yard line, but the Hornets held and West missed a field goal try. A key stop on that threat was an Alex Pittman sack on third down. GHS fumbled at its own 13 yard line two plays after the missed field goal, giving West a great opportunity on its next possession. After three plays the Trojans had it 1st-and-goal at the one, but the Hornet defense again rose to the occasion and Matthew Bell thwarted the Trojans with an interception on fourth down. The score remained 7-3 at the half, but Gatesville upped its lead with another impressive drive in the third quarter that ended with Hennessy's 32-yard field goal that made it 10-3 with 3:03 remaining in the third. West would tie the game before the period expired, then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff that led to a Trojan field goal and 13-10 lead just two plays into the final stanza. Gatesville was forced to punt on its next series, but the Hornets got the ball back when Cooper Edmiston recovered a West fumble at the Trojan 37 yard line. The Hornets moved quickly on foot, with Speer, Jones and Payden Smalley toting the pigskin behind an offensive line that was opening gaping holes. Jones' 2-yard run with 1:52 to play capped the short march and gave GHS a 17-13 lead with 1:52 left in the game. West took the next possession and moved 89 yards, getting the go-ahead touchdown with 0:46 to play.
VOLLEYBALL: JV, 9th Roll Past Llano Here Friday
Gatesville High sub-varsity teams racked up wins over visiting Llano here Friday night. JV (13-8) won 25-19, 25-11, while the 9th Grade (14-6) won 25-20, 20-25, 25-14. Both teams are in action Tuesday at Taylor (JV and 9th at 5:00, Varsity at 6:00 PM).
CROSS COUNTRY: Boys 2nd at GHS Meet, Three in Top 10
The Gatesville High boys, with three runners in the Top 10, came in second at Thursday's GHS - Bill Bradley Invitational. GHS totaled 47 points and finished behind only meet-champion Robinson (23 points). It was the second straight silver-medal finish for the Hornets, who started the season by winning the Belton meet and were runners-up at Midway. Abate Hennessy led the GHS contingent, timing a 16:50 for second place. Nick Anderson (18:02) and Elmer Ramirez (18:34) also finished in the Top 10, followed by Tripp Roberts (12th, 18:41), Rhett Gore (17th, 19:03), Jhovany Maldonado (22nd, 19:35) and Juan Martinez (24th, 19:49). In the varsity girls' race, Jordan Brock clocked a 12:47 for second place overall. GHS finished fifth in the team standings with 122 points, while Burnet was first with 27 points. Other GHS varsity girls' results: Evan Edmiston (21st, 14:21), Cassidy Norwood (28th, 14:51), Lesleah Byford (39th, 15:11), Sarah Hogan (40th, 15:11), Corie Tunnell (46th, 15;26). Complete varsity and jayvee results are available on the Hornet Cross Country website.
TENNIS: Match Suspended Due to Weather
Gatesville's district match with China Spring here Thursday was suspended due to inclement weather. China Spring was leading 8-4 at the time with seven matches still remaining to be played. The match will resume Saturday at 4 p.m. at the GHS courts.
FOOTBALL: Sub-Varsities Notch Wins Thursday
Gatesville High sub-varsity teams racked up wins here Thursday night. The Hornet JV downed West 35-30 to even its season record at 2-2, while the Hornet 9th Graders won 35-0 for their third win in four outings. Both teams will be in action next Thursday at Salado.
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