ADEL -- After losing to the Charlton County Indians in heartbreaking fashion the week before, the Cook High Hornets took out their frustrations on the Brantley County Herons, beating the birds 50-9 in Region 2-AA action in Nahunta.

The game was played without the services of all-region quarterback Thomas Arnold, who sat out the game in order to give an ailing arm and ribs a little down time.

With Arnold out, the Hornets simply went to the ground game exclusively. Running back Andrel Lane, who was rendered virtually ineffective against the Indians the week before, rushed for a career high 268 yards. Cedric Mason also had an impressive night rushing for nearly 170.

"We blocked a little better against Brantley," said Cook High head football coach George Dean.

In addition to Mason and Lane, Anthony Morris added 48 and Brian McCall ran for almost 70 yards.

The defense stepped up the play as well. Joaquin Gear recorded two interceptions and Micah Roberson had one. Tommy Goins returned two more fumbles for touchdowns, bringing his defensive touchdown total to four on the season.

Friday the Hornets will attempt to solidify second place in region 2-AA as the Irwin County Indians come to town.

Led by veteran quarterback T.J. Bryant, the Indians have a potent offense, running out of the wing T formation.

"Irwin as a pretty good football team," said Dean, citing Bryant and receiver Marcus Jackson. Bryant is dangerous both on the ground and in the air as he has combined for more than 1,300 yards in total offense this season.

Dean hopes to combat that tandem with pressure in the Indian backfield.

Defensively, the Indians have not been as impressive, playing better on some nights than others.

"Their defense has been a little suspect," said Dean, "but they can play real good defense at times. I thought the defense played real good against Brooks County.

"That's gotta be frustrating for coach Wilson," Dean said of the Indians narrow 16-8 loss to the Trojans.

A Cook win will put the Hornets in command of second place in the region with the Bacon County Red Raiders remaining on the regular season schedule. An Irwin win will give the Indians the advantage as each team will have two region losses.

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