Walnut Springs kicked off its conference play with a strong passing game and three turnovers, crushing the Covington Owls by a score of 66-14.

The Hornets got off to a fast start in the first quarter after Austin Rose made a 25-yard fumble recovery. The kick for the extra point was no good.

Walnut Springs continued to dominate the game when a 16-yard run and a 43-yard interception return by Ryan Englehardt put the Hornets ahead 22-0.

A 57-yard pass from Zane Trotter to Dylan Cooke gave the Hornets a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Covington scored in the second quarter with a five-yard run, but Walnut Springs kept racking up the points on the scoreboard with a 43-yard run by Mike Garcia, a 22-yard pass from Trotter to Adan Galindo, a 12-yard pass from Trotter to Galindo, a 39-yard run by Jed Espinoza and a 38-yard interception return by Cooke.

Covington scored one touchdown in the second quarter on a successful 57-yard pass.

Trotter completed four of five attempted passes for 121 yards. The team rushed for a total of 60 yards.

Leading on defense were Engelhart with five tackles and the interception, Cooke with three tackles and an interception and Garcia with two tackles and an interception.

The top scorers were Cooke, Engelhardt and Galindo with 12 points each, followed by Garcia, Jordan Noyla and Rose with six each, Espinoza with five and Adolfo Morales with one.

Overall, the Hornets are 5-2 for the season.

The Hornets next take on Avalon there Friday night at 7:30 p.m.