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Playoff-bound Hornets spoil Spring Hill Sr. Night 38-0

Bears, eight seniors finish 2018 football campaign at 1-8

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
In the end, three first-quarter touchdowns, followed by two fourth-quarter scores proved too much for Spring Hill and its merry band of seniors to overcome in a 38-0 decision to Mineral Springs on Thursday night.
Fighting for respectability, the Bears also found themselves against a 7-2 Hornets team fighting for something more, a possible first round playoff game at home, instead on the road.
While time will tell the Hornet’s fate, the Spring Hill Bears celebrated the time of eight senior football stars prior to the contest, including Andrew Blaylock,Lewis Chambers, Ty Clark, Marshall Glover, Mathew Kelsome, Johnathan Loe, Garet Paulette and Keymote Rhodes, all of whom played their last game in Bear blue and gold Thursday night.
Also recognized were three senior cheerleaders, Anna Collier, Abby Fisher and Skyler Rhodes. With a 48-degree game time temperature, all of the cheerleaders, seniors included, spent a good deal of their time dancing on the sidelines, likely to keep warm.
On the football field, things warmed up quickly for Mineral Springs as they got the game’s first touchdown at the 8:00 mark in the first quarter, and then scored twice more, including at the 1:19 mark to take a commanding 19-0 lead in the period. The only mishaps for the surging Hornets were a series of missed PATs, including one that was blocked by the Bears.
Although Spring Hill saw the occasional big play, their three-back, Wing-T style offense could not move quickly or efficiently enough on the ground, and the passing game proved elusive for them on the night.
After going into halftime facing a 25-0 deficit, Spring Hill did recover a fumble on their four-yard line to stop the Hornets from putting it away early in the third period, and to their credit, the Bears recovered a second fumble and kept Mineral Springs off the score board the duration of the third period.
But, two Spring Hill interceptions in the fourth period, resulted in two Mineral Springs scores, which proved to be the margin of victory 38-0.

Before the game, eight Spring Hill senior football players were honored. (Rick Kennedy photo)
The Bears football coaches wore special made game shirts honoring the Bears’ seniors. (Rick Kennedy photo)
The Bears defense gets ready for a critical third down play in the third quarter. (Rick Kennedy photo)
The Bears offense had some big plays, but couldn’t convert them into scores. (Rick Kennedy photo)

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