Senior running back Luke Quinn had 11 carries for 79 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, putting the lid on one of the uglier high school football contests one could watch as Horizon went on to defeat Millennium 34-14 on Thursday night.
"The win is nice but we came out sluggish in the first half. We have to pick it up and we are looking forward to next week but a win is good and we just need to look forward," Quinn said with a look on his face as if his team just lost.
The two teams combined to commit 26 penalties for 235 yards and turned the ball over seven times, getting chippy near the end as several unsportsmanlike flags were thrown.
Much of the ugliness came on the offensive side of the ball for Horizon (2-1). Junior quarterback Dalton Sneed, who threw two interceptions, went as far as to say it was, "probably one of the worst games I've ever played."
Horizon managed only two field goals in the first 14 minutes of game time, one of which was a 41-yard attempt by senior kicker Danny McAtamney that split the uprights to give his Huskies a 6-0 advantage.
Sneed did complete 15 of 28 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, finding junior wide receiver Nick Lylyk on a 39-yard strike with 21.8 seconds to play in the first half and his team trailing 7-6. The extra point by McAtamney gave the Huskies a 13-7 advantage heading into the locker room.
"It was sloppy, very sloppy. But a win is a win. Any time you can play a good team like Millennium, they were a playoff team last year ... We pretty much held them to seven points, we pretty much gave them that last one, so hats off to our defense, which is good to see," Horizon coach Kris Heavner said. "Offensively we were sluggish but we know we can score with the best."
Heavner's defense looked solid much of the game, forcing Millennium (1-2) into five turnovers, including interceptions by Quinn and seniors Adam Tamayo and Robert Magana.
"We were on tune tonight (on defense). We had a couple of sloppy plays last week and the week before but our defense came in-tune, we made our checks and we made our calls and we played correctly," Quinn said.
Despite 329 yards of total offense, including seven catches for 95 yards and a touchdown by senior wide receiver Jason McLaurin, Sneed was still unimpressed with his own effort.
"It was pathetic on offense. ... "It's unbelievable I threw two picks. Interceptions don't win you games," Sneed said. "Obviously a 34-14 score, you like the 14 points (given up) from the defense. Defense will win you games and defense will win you championships and they came through tonight, that's what won us the game."
Horizon 34, Millennium 14
First Downs: Horizon 16, Millennium 13
Rushing: Horizon 27-140, Millennium 45-202
Passing (Comp.-Att.-yards-TD-INT): Horizon 15-28-189-2-2, Millennium 11-22-133-0-3
Fumbles-lost: Horizon 2-0, Millennium 2-2
Penalties: Horizon 8-80, Millennium 18-155
Millennium 0 7 0 7 — 14
Horizon 3 10 14 7 — 34
HOR: McAtamney FG 28
HOR: McAtamney FG 41
MIL: Salazar 2 run (Harris kick)
HOR: Lylyk 39 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
HOR: Marciniak 9 run (McAtamney kick)
HOR: McLaurin 4 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
HOR: Quinn 16 run (McAtamney kick)
MIL: Pham 6 run (Harris kick)