Hornets drubbed by Henninger in Class AA semis

Black Knights advance to face CBA for sectional title

— Back-to-back penalties left Henninger facing a third-down-and-39 at its own 21. Going back to throw, Collier rolled right, threw deep and found Scott, who broke tackles to complete a 44-yard play and earn a most unlikely first down. Collier would score on a seven-yard run with 44 seconds left in the half, and the Hornets trailed 28-7 at the break.

Through a scoreless third quarter, F-M continued to hurt itself, missing out on three more fourth-down conversions as Henninger patiently ran the clock when it had the ball. An eight-minute Black Knights drive pinned F-M deep in its own end, and a bad punt snap led to a safety with 9:50 left.

Moments later, Collier iced it by throwing his fourth TD pass of the day, a swing pass to Scott that turned into a 43-yard sprint to the end zone. Pulver would score on a two-yard run with 5:17 left as McGann scored the game's final TD on a three-yard run with 3:16 left.

Henninger will get a second chance to try and beat a CBA side it put a scare into on Oct. 12, leading into the fourth quarter before the Brothers prevailed 33-20.

F-M, meanwhile, can look back with pride on an 8-1 season that included a Class AA-2 division regular-season title under first-year coach Damien Rhodes, but still ended short of the Hornets' ultimate expectations.

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