LOCUST FORK — Homecoming nights can sometimes be very distracting to young football players, who get easily caught up in all of the festivities and hoopla that surround the week.
For a few moments Friday night at Locust Fork, it seemed that was to be the case as visiting Douglas took advantage of sloppy play by the Hornets. But the hosts recovered in the second quarter, and finished the Eagles off by a 42-22 score.
The first three Hornet possessions resulted in a mishandled punt snap that set up Douglas’ early touchdown, a fumble at the Hornet 46-yard line, and an interception which set up the Eagles at the Hornet 43.
After the early Douglas score, the Locust Fork defense snapped out of their funk and shut down the guests for the remainder of the first half.
The Hornet offense finally got on track late in the first quarter when sophomore halfback Micah Stephens circled around left end from 12 yards away with 1:25 remaining in the opening period. Chase Biles ran for a 2-point conversion and the Hornets took a lead that they would never relinquish at 8-7.
But that’s when The Micah Stephens Show was just into its opening act of a blockbuster performance that many Hornet fans have never seen. He would score a total of four touchdowns on consecutive carries, and each resulting carry was longer than the one before it.
On the first play following a Douglas punt, Stephens turned around left end and dashed for 30 yards and a touchdown. Then on the first play of the next possession, he carried the ball 49 yards up the middle for another score.
Then to top off an incredible 7-minute stretch, he raced 78 yards on the first play of the next Hornet drive for yet another touchdown. Kyle Hornbuckle added the point-after on each.