Pictured is Ethan “Superman” Slavens
In their final scheduled game of the season, the Hackett Sr High Hornets did something that they had been waiting for three seasons to do. Overthrow rivals the Mansfield Tigers. Although Hackett took on Mansfield in Tiger territory, that wasn’t going to be enough to intimidate them. As the Hornets stepped onto the field, every Tiger insight could see the bloodthirstiness in their eyes. Minutes into the 1st quarter, QB, Ethan “Superman” Slavens, blasted a pass to waiting receiver Kamron Elkins and the first points were put on the board. At the 5 minute mark in the 1st quarter, the Tigers took the lead 8-6.
But the Hornets weren’t going to stand for that and less than two minutes later, Weston Winters rushed in Hackett’s second touchdown. A Slavens to Fischer Shipman TD along with a Slavens to Elkins TD and the game entered halftime 26-8 Hackett. The Tigers came to life in the second half of the game but by then it was too late. The Hornets remained relentless in the pursuit of the only goal they had set for the night. And as time ran out in the game, the only sound that Hackett heard, was the sweet melodies of victory from their 60-46 final score.
Final tallies from the match saw Ethan Slavens with 30/49 passes for 459 yards and 7 TDs. Fischer Shipman with 14 catches for 211 yards and 3 TDs. Kamron Elkins with 2 receptions for 102 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. Peyton Hester with 10 catches for 152 yards and 2 TDs as well as 20 tackles. Weston Winters making 11 carries for 50 yards and 1 TD along with 18 tackles. And Fischer Shipman with 4 carries for 24 yards and 1 TD. Aiden Nobles earned 1 fumble recovery. Nate Gordon had 10 tackles. Austin Cowell scored 6 tackles. And Mason Oelke brought in 5 tackles.
Now for the Hornets, it’s time to get down to business. In one of the most important games of the season, Hackett will participate in an away playoff sting zing with the Mountain View Yellowjackets. The Hornets are entering this match with a 4-4 overall play record and 2-4 in conference play. The Yellowjackets sit 5-5 overall and 1-4 in conference. The winner of this 3A State football battle will go on to face the (5-0) Booneville Bearcats on November 20.