2020 is the year of a lot of bad and crazy but for the Hornets of South Atlanta, it is the year of firsts. For the first time in school history, the Hornets are region 6-AA champions in football after beating Columbia 12-0 to earn their first shutout victory of the season.
A school known for being great in basketball and putting out great talent is now one that has earned the respect of being a good football school too.
This is the last game of the regular season for high school football and games such as this one determined region champions and playoff seedings. If the Hornets win, they are the region champions. If they lose, they risk falling to the two or three seed in Region 6-AA and going on the road for their first playoff game.
This would be a low scoring game but a close one throughout. After the Hornets went up 6-0 at halftime, another touchdown would ice the game and help them cruise to another victory.
The Eagles of Columbia did not have much to any offense throughout the game but defensive back Tommy Beasley picked off Hornets quarterback John Lawton to set the Eagles up with great field position near midfield. However, the Eagles were unable to capitalize as they went three and out.
The Eagles defense held strong giving their offense another opportunity to get points going into the fourth quarter.
A promising offensive drive ended in an interception by Hornets defensive end DeMichael Stillwell that set the Hornets up at the Eagles 30.
Lawton capitalized on the great field position with a quarterback sneak from the goal line to go up 12-0.
From that point on, the Hornets celebrated as they claimed their first region championship in school history and will host a playoff game for the first time since 1994.
“This a community thing, this is a school thing. It’s great for our community because we’ve never done this,” said Hornets head coach WB Stephens.