November 21, 2007 Edition

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Mustangs defeat Gurdon to advance

Hoxie's Alex Ward runs the ball as teammate Dylan Maxie prepares to make a hole for the running back during the Mustangs' second-round state-playoff victory over Gurdon Friday night.
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It was déjà vu all over again for the Hoxie Mustangs on Friday night at Gurdon, as the Mustangs defeated the Go-Devils 27-14 in the second round of the Class 3A state football playoffs. Hoxie won at Gurdon 19-6 in the first round last year.

Hoxie will take to the road for its third-round game against the 11-1 Glen Rose Beavers. Glen Rose, located at Malvern, walloped Cedarville 63-22 in the first round, and last week defeated previously unbeaten Marshall 28-0.

Against Gurdon, Hoxie quarterback Houston Hancock connected with Adam Madden on an 81-yard touchdown pass for the Mustangs' first score. Brad Cook added the extra point for a 7-0 Mustang lead. Hancock later scored on a quarterback sneak from a yard out. Cook's PAT put Hoxie ahead 14-0 heading into the second period.

Gurdon scored a touchdown to cut Hoxie's lead to 14-6. Hoxie answered Gurdon's score with a 76-yard touchdown run by Hancock. Cook's PAT gave the Mustangs a 21-6 lead at halftime.

Gurdon came out strong in the third period, scoring a touchdown and adding a two-point conversion to cut Hoxie's lead to 21-14.

That's as close as Gurdon would get, as Hoxie's defense stiffened and held the Go-Devils scoreless for the remainder of the game. Tyler Thompson added Hoxie's final points on a three-yard run with 6:21 to play.

Hoxie finished with 422 yards of total offense, including 307 yards rushing.

Hancock completed four-of-six passes for 115 yards and one touchdown.

Houston Waldrupe led the Mustangs' rushing attack with 102 yards on 16 carries. Hancock had 72 yards on five carries. Thompson finished with 58 yards on 14 attempts. Alex Ward had 54 yards on 13 carries, and Cook had 21 yards on six attempts.

Madden had one reception for 81 yards and a touchdown. Alex Ward caught one pass for 15 yards. Houston Waldrupe had one reception for 14 yards and Cody West caught one pass for five yards.

Hoxie's defense held Gurdon to 94 yards rushing and 198 total yards.

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