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Hornets Defeat Knights, Shatter Eleven Game Losing Streak

The Roswell Hornet football program got the taste of sweet revenge Friday after dominating region rival Centennial Knights, the team who stunned the Hornets last year in dramatic fashion with a last minute comeback.

Maybe it was the product of a long, tireless and motivated offseason. Maybe it was the swagger that new Under Armor, camouflage clad jerseys brought. Or maybe it was just something in the air at Ray Manus Stadium. But Friday night, Justin Sanderson and his gritty football squad managed to effectively tear down the demons of a seasons past with a 42-13 rout of their Roswell rivals, the .

After a nightmarish 0-10 2011 season, the Hornets set a very different tone early in the 2012 campaign. A complete domination of a region rival has Hornets players and fans rejuvenated in the historic franchise.

Despite a few offensive miscues in the beginning of the game, the Hornets offense rallied behind the performance of star senior running back Andrew Kwateng.

Kwateng, often labeled the workhorse of the Hornet offensive unit, ran for 239 yards on 14 carriers, three of which were touchdowns. Managing to average over 17 years per carry, Kwateng electrified the eager Roswell crowd Friday night with two miraculous touchdown runs of 51 and 90 yards.

Shaking tackles and sprinting past Centennial players, Kwateng put an exclamation point on what is already likely to be a promising senior season. Kwateng, now a three-year varsity starter, missed most of the 2011 season with an ailing ankle injury. With last year’s breakout running back Corey Wilson now gone from the Roswell program, Kwateng will undoubtedly be in a position to be not only Roswell’s leading rusher, but also possibly an all-region player once again.

While Kwateng’s dominance on offense was certainly impressive, the Hornet’s blossoming defense may be a more promising sign for things to come this season. The Hornet’s defense completely dominated the talented Knights offense. Aided by an astounding seven turnovers, the Hornets managed to keep the Knights out of the end zone until the dwindling seconds of the fourth quarter.

The Hornets were able to successfully shutdown the Knights running game, despite a few trick quarterback draws. Being a major concern for the team last season, the ability for the Hornets to stop the Knights inside rushing game was encouraging.

The Hornets also managed to stop the very Centennial aerial attack, aided by former Centennial players Wade Francis and Harvard commit Jimmy Meyer, that had success against last year’s squad. Centennial quarterback Chase Rosenberg, who took subtle shots at Roswell via Twitter yesterday, only managed to complete fewer than 45 perecent of his attempted passes while throwing three interceptions.

With a total of four forced fumbles, as well as four fumble recoveries, and three interceptions, the Hornets ruled the turnover differential, only fumbling the ball twice when on offense. During a four-minute span in the beginning of the 3rd quarter, the Hornets forced three turnovers and came away with 14 points on two rushing touchdowns. While that is an ideal game plan for anytime, it may be difficult to replicate subsequent success in future games purely because of the randomness of fumbles and tipped balls.

Despite the Hornet’s domination of Centennial Friday night, it is hard to instantly forget the problems that haunted the Hornets throughout last year. An inability to stop the run accompanied with a shaky passing attack was a deadly combination quite too often last season.

With the success running the ball and playing stout defense, quarterback Ryan Monty had very little impact on the game. Monty, who split time with Casey Culver last year, had very few pass attempts while fumbling once on a broken play in the first half. However, Monty did have a pair of rushing touchdowns, one of which was an ellusive 8-yard play-action bootleg run in the third quarter to help the Hornets pull away to 35-6.

Friday’s victory was a massive step forward for a Roswell team that was under much doubt coming into the season. Promising things from both the offense and defense already have several Hornets fans and players dreaming of a Cinderella run to the state title. While a proclamation of a state title run may be a bit mature, the Roswell football program’s first win in 658 days, the last victory being the first round playoff game against Parkview in November of 2010, is certainly somewhere to start. 

Buzz light year September 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Roswell should thank Centennial principal Steve Miletto for ruining our football program. You think coaching doesn't matter? Miletto ran off the best coach we've ever had Measor and hired his puppet, who the kids hate and is in over his head. Centennial will be lucky to win 2 games this year.
Griffin Morrow September 01, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Centennial will certainly have major growing pains this year, comparable to those Roswell experienced last year with a young team and a new head coach. Losing Wade Francis and Jimmy Meyer on offense was a tough blow. Francis caught a handful of balls for 180+ yards against Roswell last year with his freakish 6-4 frame. It will be interesting to see how Centennial rebounds.
Buzz light year September 01, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It guess deeper than that. When you run a coach off that was popular with parents and kids, and who was succesful, this is what your get. It felt like the Xavier Smith days all over again.
Todd Ellis September 01, 2012 at 06:33 PM
The Hornet kids been working hard.. I workout at Just Fitness Roswell.. & those kids were in there too.. NIGHTLY after practice.. they`re SERIOUS... give them there props hard work pays off.. come on Knight fans... that game was over at halftime.. just like the jr`s... blame your coach AD Principal.. whomever.. get it out your system.. because ya damn sure wasn`t rooting on your team last night... win lose or draw.. The Roswell Hornet`s know WE GOT THEIR BACK... 0-10 or 10-0.. good luck with your 6A playoff hunt..
D Terrel April 11, 2013 at 03:49 AM
it goes deeper Im afraid .. last year the baseball coach Hill got caught playing THREE separate illegal players in attempt to get into state playoffs . Cost the school team 5 games and the playoffs - and literally robbed all the parents and kids who donated their money and volunteering free time to the coaches program - for which HE is paid by tax dollars . Miletto rehired this guy for another year just to prove who knows what but it didnt work when he lost the respect of those same families and kids. Their record this season is 2-18 --- thats 2 wins 18 losses . Principals must be leaders he was not and were glad he was let go over winter break . Search underway for new Principal and hopefully athletic director who also allowed all this to go down then turns their heads and rehire the cuprit . Is there anyone out there who can pull this crap where they work and NOT get fired ???

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