Federal Hocking Continues Winless Start

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On Friday, the Lancers hoped for a late Christmas present in the form of a win when they played their last game before the New Year away against non-conference opponent Berne Union.

The game got out to a strong start in the first quarter, but the Rockets of Berne Union would have the advantage, doubling up the Lancers’ score, 14-7.  In the second quarter though, the Federal Hocking defense would come to life.

Federal Hocking Head Coach Jonathan Thompson has been stressing discipline and defense to his players all season long, and coming out into the second quarter of play, the Lancers put on a defensive showing, holding Berne Union’s high-powered attack to just four points.

In that second quarter the Lancers outscored the Rockets 10-4 and went into the locker room at the half down just one point, 18-17.  Starting in the third quarter the Lancers continued their defensive ways, but Berne Union’s offense was proving to be a lot to handle.  The Rockets would put up 12 points in the third to Federal Hocking’s 10 and would take a 3-point lead into the final quarter, 30-27.

The Lancers played the Rockets closely throughout the majority of the contest, never giving up a double-digit lead until the fourth quarter.  The Lancers were overcome though by Berne Union’s 17 points in the final quarter, and while they managed to put up nine points of their own, they fell by 11 to the Rockets, 47-36.

Leading the way for the Lancers in this contest was one of their team captains, junior Brad Russell, who had 16 of the Lancers’ 36 points.  Russell has been the driving force of this young Federal Hocking team on both ends of the court so far this season. Sophomore Collin Jarvis added nine points for the Lancers as well.

The Lancers now fall to 0-8 on the season (0-5 TVC-Hocking), and the Rockets of Berne Union improve to 7-2.  The Lancers will get some needed rest after a marathon of games at the end of December, as their next game falls in the New Year, Friday, Jan. 4, when they travel to Reedsville to take on TVC-Hocking opponent Eastern.