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Grapevine topples Azle in football opener, 38-14

First home game is Friday against Wichita Falls Rider
Mark K. Campbell
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hornet Jonathan Lester (34) is about to be joined by Azle’s Dylan Fuller (20) in an effort to bring down Grapevine Mustang Roshawn Prear. MORE PHOTOS ON 2B! Photo by Mark K. Campbell

On the 93-degree artificial turf at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium Aug. 30, the Hornet 2018 football season began with a 38-14 loss to Grapevine.

Early on, the contest looked promising.

Azle (0-1) stopped the Mustangs in a 3-and-out then a poor punt set AHS up deep in Grapevine territory at the 33-yard line.

But on the Hornets’ first play, the snap sailed over QB Drey Owen’s head.

Three plays later, a 49-yard field goal effort was no good.

Later, trailing 14-0, the Azle defense thwarted the ‘stangs from scoring despite multiple attempts inside the 5-yard line.

A GHS field goal was good, but Azle answered with its first TD of the year as the second period waned.

At the Grapevine 4-yard line and facing fourth-and-3, Owen caught a pass on a QB throwback from receiver Jacob Lee after he had taken a pitch following a direct snap to Billy Copeland III.

Nicky Quevedo’s kick made the score 17-7 and jolted the Azle faithful to life.

They really got revved up when the Hornet defense forced a Mustang punt on the next series.

At the Azle 46, Owen scrambled for a first on third down.

With the half expiring, Cullen Furr took some snaps under center before a 44-yard field goal was errant.

The second half was dominated by the Mustangs as the Hornets struggled to move the football.

Late in the fourth quarter, junior Ricky Firman intercepted a pass for Azle.

With time dwindling, the Hornets got points on the board with a single second remaining in the game when Dave Johnson caught a jump ball in the end zone.

Mistakes as the game began cost Azle, coach Devon Dorris said.

“We shot ourselves in the foot early on with bad snaps and missed field goals,” he said.

He lauded the Hornets for continuing to fight: “We battled back and played well at times.”

Owen led Azle in rushing with 82 yards; Copeland was next with 80.

Johnson finished the day with 60 yards receiving.

Jacob Edwardes’ 12 tackles paced the AHS defense.