October 25, 2006 Edition

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Mustangs suffer tough loss

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

Hoxie traveled to Brinkley and suffered a tough 24-18 loss in senior high football on Friday.

Brinkley started off by scoring in the first quarter on a 42-yard pass play. The two-point conversion was good, giving Brinkley an 8-0 lead with 8:41 left to play.

Alex Ward answered for the Mustangs with a 42-yard run. The conversion was no good, leaving Brinkley with an 8-6 lead with 4:13 left in the second quarter. Houston Hancock added another touchdown, but Brinkley led 16-12 at the half.

Hoxie took an 18-16 lead with 3:22 left in the third quarter on a three-yard run by Ward. The PAT was no good.

Brinkley scored at 7:35 in the final quarter on a one-yard run. The two-point attempt was good, making the final score 24-18.

Ward led the Hoxie rushing attack with 24 carries for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Thompson had 13 carries for 76 yards. Hancock had four carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. Brad Cook had three carries for 27 yards, and Jeff Johnson three carries for 19 yards. Chris Troutman carried twice for 16 yards, and Houston Waldrupe had two yards on one carry.

Leading tacklers for the Mustangs were Cook with 14, followed by Ward with 12, Thompson with 11 and Troutman with nine.

"This was a tough loss for our team. I thought we played with great effort. Once again, we had almost 100 yards more offense than Brinkley, but we fumbled the ball three time when we were driving to score," Hoxie head coach Tom Sears said.

"We have a huge game Friday with Piggott at home. We are still in playoff contention as long as we win. I hope everyone will come out and support these seniors during their last game at home," added Sears. "They are a great group of young men."

Kickoff is at 7:30.

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