When healthy the Louise Hornets were a team to be reckoned with in 2020.

The Hornets (5-4, 3-3) against D’Hanis Cowboys (7-0,5-0) started the game healthy. But a couple of injuries in-game hampered the Hornets, ending their season 28-21 in Karnes City Friday night.

“When the polls came out in the beginning of the season, we weren’t even in the top four of the district and we made the playoffs,” Hornets Head Coach Joe Bill said. “I’m so proud of the (team’s) heart and grit. They went out and represented Louise well.”

Down senior quarterback Daylon Machicek who left the game with an injury in the third quarter, Louise was still in the game. 

Senior running back Rogeric Schooler stepped in his absence and late in the fourth quarter, the Hornets had pulled within one score of the Cowboys.

On third and long nearing the red-zone, Schooler made a big play to make it fourth and fourth. Schooler was injured on the play and had to be taken out. Louise down to their third quarterback of the game failed to pick up the fourth down. 

The Cowboys took over and controlled the ball the rest of the game.

“That was the turning point,” Bill said. “We had Daylon out, Rogeric out and we didn’t get it. That was pretty much the ending of the game.”

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