BURNET — The Gatesville Hornets might need some reminding of what color their home jerseys are because, for the third-straight week, the Hornets had to play on the road.
But unlike the previous two weeks, Gatesville didn’t earn the win at the hostile Bulldog Stadium on Friday night as the Hornets lost the District 8-3A matchup 45-0.
“We fell behind the 8-ball early and it snowballed on us,” said Hornets head coach Kyle Cooper. “We had some mistakes that were tough to overcome — (coaches) have to put the players in better positions.”
The game started well enough for Gatesville as they forced a Bulldogs three-and-out, but Hornets senior Zae Paskett fumbled the 63-yard Bulldog punt and Jeremy Ayers recovered for Burnet on the Hornets’ 18-yard line.
Five plays later Derek Kiser found Brock Foster in the front corner of the end zone for a 15-yard strike putting the Bulldogs up 7-0 with 8 minutes left in the first quarter.
It got worse for Gatesville — a lot worse.
After Kiser tossed an interception to Nick Gibson on the Gatesville 32-yard line, the Bulldogs defense held the Hornets to a three-and-out. The Bulldogs special teams then tackled Gatesville’s punter at the Hornets 17. Kiser found Joel Johnson for a 15-yard strike that made the score 14-0 in favor of Burnet.
Gatesville didn’t recover.
“We played really aggressively and Kiser had another solid day,” said Burnet coach Kurt Jones. “We started the first half really slow last week so we made it a point to start better — we did.”
Kiser fired three first-half scores and threw for 153 yards in the first half alone and was taken out with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. He finished with 198 yards on 10-of-14 passing with four scores in the air.
The Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1) scored on their next three possessions — two touchdowns and a field goal — to make the score 31-0 after one half.
The Hornets (3-4, 1-1) offense punted four of the six times they touched the ball in the first-half, fumbled on one, and turned the ball over on downs inside the red zone on their final possession.
During the drive, the Hornets covered 39-yards on 11 plays and took 4 minutes off the clock, but were unable to cross the goal line.
On the third play of the drive, senior running back Jake Kee took the Jeff Speer handoff 54-yards down the right sideline for a score, but the touchdown was called back by a holding penalty. The Hornets drive fizzled at the Burnet 17.