It seems like Robert Valdez has adjusted pretty well to his new job at Scotlandville.
Valdez, who is two games into his first season as the head coach for the Hornets football team, rode a dominant overall performance from his team for a 41-12 win on the road against St. Augustine in a nondistrict tilt at Tad Gormley Stadium on Saturday night.
Valdez’s Scotlandville team has outscored its first two foes 85-12.
“The guys have bought into what we’re trying to do, there’s no doubt about that,” Valdez said. “The coaches have done a great job of helping me send the message, and we’re just coming out and having fun.”
Scotlandville wide receiver Chris Johnson wasted no time taking control of Saturday’s game. The senior returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and followed that by capping a seven-play, 80-yard drive on the team’s next possession with a 9-yard touchdown grab to give Scotlandville (2-0) a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Hornets failed to convert a fourth down deep in St. Aug territory on their third possession, but three plays later Purple Knights quarterback Justice McCoy had a deflected pass fall into the hands of Scotlandville defensive back Kelvin Joseph, who returned the interception 16 yards for a touchdown.
After forcing St. Aug (0-2) into punting on the following possession, Scotlandville marched 74 yards in 10 plays and finished the drive with running back Reggie Cleveland running over several Purple Knights defenders for a 1-yard TD to give the Hornets a 27-0 lead going into halftime.
“I haven’t returned a kick since my freshman year and I’m coming off an ACL injury, so it was a great feeling,” Johnson said. “We know going up against a program like St. Aug that they have a great tradition and a lot of exposure, so this was big for us to play against them the way we did.”
Scotlandville’s Trenton Charles added TD runs of 3 and 10 yards to further ice things for the Hornets. Charles finished with 21 carries for 55 yards and a TD.
St. Aug coach Al Jones, whstill searching for his first win with the team after taking over in February, said the most important thing going forward is that his team needs to “stop beating ourselves.”
“We come out in these games and make mistakes that put us in a hole too early,” he said. “We need to give 100 percent on every play and in every practice, and until we get that it’s going to be like this for a while. But we’ll get it together.”