The Holly varsity football team played the Kearsley Hornets tough for a half on Friday.
However, the squad’s inability to generate much offense hurt the squad, resulting in a 27-7 loss to the Hornets.
Despite managing just 84 yards total offense for the game, the Bronchos trailed just 13-0 at halftime. However, two Kearsley third-quarter TDs put the game out of reach for Holly.
Kearsley’s Nik Merrow scored his third rushing TD of the game with an eight-yard run, while Jace Chapman later scored one on a three-yard run. Chapman also converted the two-point run, giving the Hornets a 27-0 lead.
Holly (1-5) managed to score its only TD later in the third quarter. It came when Jacob Hild scored on a six-yard run. Ben Gramer made the extra point, cutting the gap to 27-7, but that’s as close as Holly would get.
In the opening half, Merrow scored on a one-yard TD run in the first quarter and on a 28-yard run in the second quarter.
Holly was able to convert just 2-of-11 third downs, which meant they were unable to create extended drives. Ryan Morgan started at quarterback, completing 5-of-17 passes for 65 yards. He did throw two picks. Aleczader Lewis caught four of those passes for 64 yards, including one for 32 yards. Kolten Steele had 18 rushing yards on four carries.
Defensively, Jacob Hild had a fumble recovery to go with his nine total tackles. Two were for loss. Logan Dzendzel had seven total tackles with three being for a loss and one for a sack. Scott Hermann had two tackles for loss and five stops overall. Jacob Gonzales had five tackles including one for a loss.
Holly travels to Swartz Creek (1-5) for the final Metro League Stripes Division contest of the season.