October 10, 2007 Edition

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Mustangs remain undefeated

Mustang Clay Hart makes a shoestring tackle on an East Poinsett County player as fellow defenders (from left) Derek Johnson (#54), Blaine Middlecoff (#2) and Josh Cypret (#4) close in. Hoxie won the high-scoring game 50-30.
Submitted Photo ~ David Dobbs
Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs and East Poinsett County Warriors entertained the fans with an explosion of offense Friday night at Lepanto. In the end, it was the Mustangs pulling away in the second half for a 50-30 win to remain undefeated.

Hoxie took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Houston Hancock's five-yard pass to Cody West. Brad Cook kicked the extra point.

EPC scored with 8:26 left in the quarter, but the extra point failed, leaving Hoxie with a 7-6 lead.

The Warriors' scored again only nine seconds later, to take a 12-7 lead over the Mustangs. The extra-point attempt was again unsuccessful.

Tyler Thompson answered for Hoxie with 7:32 left in the second quarter to give Hoxie a 13-12 lead. The conversion attempt failed.

The Warriors added a touchdown with 6:57 left to regain the lead at 18-13. The Mustangs scored with 40 seconds left to play in the quarter, as Houston Hancock threw a 15-yard pass to Brad Cook for a touchdown. Hancock then passed to Cade Crisler for the two-point conversion to put Hoxie ahead 21-18.

The half was not over, as EPC scored on a 43-yard pass with 11 seconds on the clock to take a 24-21 lead into halftime.

Turnovers proved to be the Warriors' undoing, as the Mustangs capitalized on two EPC miscues in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Hoxie kicked off to start the half, but the Warriors' fumbled the return and Hoxie's Chris Montelongo pounced on the loose ball at the EPC 11-yard line. Hancock capped the short scoring drive with a one-yard run. Cook added the extra-point to give Hoxie the lead for good at 28-24.

On their ensuing possession, the Warriors fumbled again, and Hoxie's Cade Crisler recovered at the EPC 30-yard line. Thompson scored on a three-yard run and Cook added the extra-point to extend Hoxie's lead to 35-24.

Points continued to come at a fast and furious pace when EPC's Dustin Hardin returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. The conversion attempt failed, but the Warriors cut the Mustangs' lead to 35-30.

Not to be outdone, Hoxie's Adam Madden fielded the EPC kickoff at the 30-yard line and raced 70 yards for a Mustang touchdown. Cook ran in the two-point conversion for a 43-30 Hoxie lead.

Hoxie sealed the game in the fourth quarter on a 45-yard run by Thompson. Cook added the PAT for Hoxie's final point.

Houston Waldrupe led the Hoxie rushing attack with 112 yards on eight carries. Alex Ward notched 92 yards on 12 carries. Thompson had six carries for 83 yards and three touchdowns. Hancock had 51 yards on six carries, including a touchdown. Cook collected 13 yards on three carries, and Blaine Middlecoff had seven yards on three carries.

Hancock completed all three of his pass attempts, for 33 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Hoxie was led by Thompson with 15 tackles. Derek Johnson had 10 tackles, and Blaine Middlecoff had nine.

Hoxie moves to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in Conference 3A-3.

The win sets up a battle of unbeaten teams Friday at Hoxie's Crider Field.

The Mustangs host the Corning Bobcats, who are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

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