ADEL -- The Cook High Hornets football team brings its 2-0 record home this week as they host the Atkinson County Rebels in non-league play Friday at Memorial Stadium.
The Hornets are coming off a huge 44-6 win over the Pelham Hornets last week in Pelham. According to head coach George Dean, his Cook squad dominated in both sides of the ball.
"We probably had more than 300 yards before the half," Dean said Tuesday. The Cook Hornets got all of their points in the first half and then turned it over to the reserves.
Cook opened the game with a 90-yard touchdown strike from Thomas Arnold to wide receiver Neal Jones. Later in the half Jones would catch another touchdown pass from Arnold, that one a 30-yarder. Arnold threw a third touchdown pass when he hit Tony Carnegia from 40-yards out. Carnegia also scored on a 50-yard run.
The Hornets finished the scoring in the half as Andrel Lane rushed for two touchdowns and Arnold rushed for one. The quarterback also ran for one two-point conversion.
On defense it was more hayhem from the Cook team. Jaquin Gear and Arnold each had an interception, while Brian McCall blocked two Pelham punts.
"They (Pelham) didn't get a first down until about a minute was left in the first half," said Dean, "and that was when we were penalized for an illegal substitution on the punt return team."
Dean expects the Atkinson County team to put up more of a challenge.
"They're big and strong, as usual," said Dean. "They've got a real good offense. Their quarterback and running backs run the ball real well. They've got some depth in the backfield, which is something that they haven't had in the past.
"Atkinson will match up pretty well with us," Dean added.
The Hornets breathed a sigh of relief after it was thought that Arnold may have broken a bone in his right arm. He complained of stiffness and swelling Saturday morning. However, x-rays revealed that nothing was broken and he is expected to play Friday. The only other casualty on the Cook squad is Hornet center Daniel Bennett who is still wearing a cast on his broken foot.
"That was an adjustment when he went down," said Dean. Replacing Bennett has been Jamarian Brown and Jonathan Surrency.
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