NASHVILLE -- After rolling undefeated through the first six weeks of the season, the Du Quoin High School football team is now looking for answers after two straight losses.
The Indians dropped to third in their own conference after falling at Nashville, 29-20, on the road Friday night.
Du Quoin is now 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the SIRR Mississippi after losing to Anna-Jonesboro, which swept the conference, and the second-place Hornets, who are now 7-1 and 4-1.
"We weren't exactly prepared to play," said Du Quoin coach A.J. Hill. "I think we still kind of thought we could just show up. But hat's off to Nashville, I'm not trying to take anything away from them. That's a great football team. They had a great game plan and stifled us for a bit."
Nashville jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after touchdowns by Jullian Metcalf and Luke Ehret. Metcalf's was a 2-yard score barely over two minutes into the game, then after Metcalf was injured, Ehret took over and scored on a 7-yard run with five minutes still left in the opening period.
Ehret finished with around 190 yards for the Hornets.
Du Quoin's Westly Milam had the most yardage of anyone, however, as the senior had another big night with touchdown runs of 95 and 72 yards as part of a 230-yard night. Those scores, which came after a 4-yard TD by Shamar Adams, helped the Indians tie the game at 20 in the third quarter.
Ehret scored again from the goal line to put the Hornets in front in the fourth quarter, then Nashville's defense sacked Du Quoin quarterback Josh Heape for a safety to make it 29-20.
"We didn't do our defense any favors," Hill said. "They were playing with half the field all night. We've got to figure out ways on special teams to pin teams down and make them work for their touchdowns."
Heape and wide receiver Dasani Edward connected five times for just under 100 yards, but the Indians never fully recovered from the early deficit.
"They came out and wanted this game," Hill said of the Hornets. "You could tell right off the bat. And it took us too long to get going. Too little, too late. We've got a lot of looking in the mirror to do after this loss."
Du Quoin finishes the regular season this Friday at Murphysboro.
-- Doug Daniels contributed to this report