Turnovers are deadly. Horatio committed six of them and lost to visiting Murfreesboro 24-14 Sept. 7.
After a scoreless first period Payten Diffee connected with Ketrick Dennis for an 82 yard touchdown to put the Rattlers on top. Diffee’s pass for two was incomplete, but the visitors were up 6-0 with 11:39 left in the half.
The Lions came right back. Kelton Turner sprinted 30 yards to score with 9:21 in the quarter. Victor Enrique’s kick was no good, leaving the score tied at 6-6.
With 3:37 left in the half, the Diffee to Dennis combination worked again. This time it was a 73 yard play, but again a pass for two points was incomplete.
The Lions took the lead with 1:10 to go before halftime. Trey Pickett threw to Lane Moya for a 19 yard TD. Parker Rowe ran for a two point conversion to put HHS up 14-12.
The remainder of the game’s scoring came in the final two minutes of the third quarter. With 1:49 on the clock, Jared Taylor caught a pass from Diffee for a 20 yard touchdown. Jakob Allmon was stopped short on a run for two, but the Rattlers were back in front 18-14.
Just over a minute later Taylor caught a nine yard scoring pass. Murfreesboro’s fourth attempt at a two point conversion was no good, but the visitors had a 24-14 lead.
Murfreesboro had 16 first downs to Horatio’s 14 and 372 yards of total offense to the Lions’ 278. The big number was fumbles. Horatio lost five of eight while the Rattlers lost only one of four.
Horatio was penalized 13 times for 115 yards, Murfreesboro nine times for 75 yards
Turner rushed 14 times for 119 yards. Rowe gained 40 yards on six attempts. Pickett had 14 yards on five carries and Tanner Short 12 yards on three carries.
Moya had two catches for 40 yards and Short one for 27.
Connor Barron led the Horatio defense with nine solo tackles. Matthew Martinez had five solo and five assists. Pickett had two solo stops and four assists, Moya two solo and three assists, Michael Hallmark had two solo and one assist, Hunter Griffin one and one, Gabe Stephens one and one.