The Green Hornets pulled off a thrilling overtime victory over the Dunkirk Warriors to win the Anne Arundel County Youth Football Association B championship on the weekend of November 11.
The Hornets and Warriors traded leads the entire game to a tie score, forcing overtime. Each team gets at least one possession from the 10-yard line in overtime.
To fire up the team before overtime, defensive coach Blake Fockler shared this message: “Be fierce. Bring the punishment. Block for your life. This is championship football. Let’s go out and earn us a trophy.”
The Warriors won possession first and scored a touchdown, but the Hornets defense denied them the critical extra point.
Hornets quarterback Wyatt Priem went to work on the most important offensive drive of the game. Priem handed off the ball to running back Kia Husman, who ran the 10 yards for a touchdown. Starting tackle Tighe O’Brien cleared a hole and helped Husman into the end zone. The score was 25-25.
Fockler huddled with head coach Ryan Priem and said, “There is only one play we can call; let’s do it and win a championship.” With a packed crowd at Loopers Field in Pasadena watching, center Dylan Moore snapped the ball to his quarterback and Wyatt Priem executed a left-side play fake to the running back. He disguised the ball and ran to the right side of the end zone for the extra point and the county championship. The final score was 26-25.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this team. The boys never gave up and never backed down during this game,” coach Priem said. “I told them at halftime, the team that wins will be the team that wants it more. We wanted it more and left everything on the field.”
The Hornets defense came up with two turnovers in both halves, sending the Warriors offense back to the bench. Corner Jack Somerset had a fumble recovery in the first half to set the tone, and the defensive line was disruptive. Corner Bryce Emmerich kept that pressure on with an interception in the second half as the Warriors were driving into the red zone.
Offensively, running backs RJ Broseker and Husman had a solid running game to give the Hornets their touchdowns. Blake Miller also ran the ball hard to pick up crucial first downs. Receiver Connor Mellinger was a weapon in the Green Hornets’ air attack. Starting tackle Corbin Fockler led the offensive counter plays with downfield blocking.
“The boys came away learning, not only in this game but all season long, about how to deal with adversity,” coach Priem said.
The Hornets battled through a tough schedule to start at 0-4 but went on a 6-0 run to win the championship.
“It’s gratifying to see the boys excel and improve throughout the season,” coach Priem said. “Our goal is to have each boy fall in love with the game of football and be prepared for Friday night lights in high school.”
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