Chelsea backed into corner

Published 9:23 am Saturday, October 4, 2008

The season is no longer in the hands of the Chelsea Hornets. After suffering a 50-25 loss at Sylacauga on Friday, the Hornets must now not only win, but rely on others to help them out in order to make the playoffs.

Chelsea entered Friday’s game looking to be one of the top four teams in Class 5A, Region 4.

After Sylacauga scored on a 56-yard run for the second play of the game, Chelsea answered with touchdown runs form Zac Hilliard and Garrett Salter to take the lead, 13-7.

Sylacauga drove down the field and took the lead just moments later. The ensuing drive for the Hornets ended at their own 20 when quarterback Blake Yance lost one of the four Chelsea balls put on the turf in the game. The Hornets recovered the other three.

The turnover resulted in seven more Aggie points and possibly the nail in the Hornet’s season.

Yance answered the turnover with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Luke Moore, but the 2-point pass to John Calhoun was unsuccessful, leaving the score 28-19 at the half.

The Hornets were held on their first possession of the second half, forced to punt from their own 27. A bad snap, and pressure from the Aggies’ defense, forced Calhoun to punt the ball out the back of the end zone for a safety.

Hilliard scored his second touchdown minutes later from 25 yards out to make it 30-25, but the rest of the game was all Sylacauga, who answered the Hornets’ touchdown with one of its own before the end of the third and added two more in the fourth.

Chelsea (2-4, 1-3) hosts Briarwood Friday. The Hornets must beat the Lions to keep its playoffs alive. A loss eliminates the Hornets’ playoff hopes.