Hornets rally, but fall short

Tom Batters
Brian Johnson

The good news: Eureka/Roanoke-Benson outscored Iroquois West, 16-0, in the second half Friday night.

The bad news: It wasn’t enough to overcome a 24-0 deficit.

The Hornets lost, 24-16, at home Friday night, but coach Brian Johnson said he saw some positive signs.

“If we played the whole game the way we played in the second half, then we would have won it,” he said. “I saw some good things that we can build on.”

Eureka senior quarterback Christian Watson rushed for 114 yards and was 8 of 19 for 61 yards passing. He ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Peter Hoekstra.

Sophomore Carter Vance rushed for 70 yards. Ben Pintar rushed for 50 yards.

“Christian did a nice job running, but we have to improve our passing game,” Johnson said. “He threw off his back foot too much. He just has to get more comfortable in the pocket.”

Vance also had six tackles on defense.

“He played great all night long,” Johnson said. “For a sophomore, he showed a lot of good signs.”

Pintar added seven tackles. John Luginbuhl led the Hornets with 31 receiving yards.

Eureka plays Rantoul at home at 7 p.m. Friday. Rantoul is 0-1 after a 24-20 loss to Charleston Friday night.