Hornsby shuts out Berkeley to open middle school football season

Michael Akpan scored four times Tuesday as Hornsby Middle School kicked off its football regular season at Cooley Field with a 25-0 win over Berkeley.

Akpan scored on rushes of 20 yards 15 yards and 1 yard. The other touchdown came in the first quarter when the defensive end stripped a Bulldogs player and took it 20 yards to the house for six points.

Akpan (seven carries, 88 rushing yards) was the obvious man of the match, but first-year Hornsby coach Scott Jones said it’s always a team effort with the Hawks.

“We talk about team every day,” Jones said. “It’s all about team. Obviously on any team, you’re going to have three, four, five, six, half a dozen kids that are your studs, so to speak. But we preach team, team, team and felt like we performed as a great team today.”

Hornsby's defense allowed about 40 yards of total offense and Jones highlighted the play of nose guard Terry Holbert, defensive end Brayden Sheffer, linebackers Aiden Byron and Nathaniel Fly, and cornerbacks Jared Williams and Javarie Chamberliss.

Hornsby's second-leading rusher was Ronnie Metzger, who finished with 28 yards on four carries.

And Jared Williams tacked on the final point of the evening with a successful point-after kick following Akpan's 1-yard score.

Next up for Hornsby is a home tilt with Toano Sept. 15 while Berkeley visits Tabb.

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