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Mustangs claim third road victory



Houston Waldrupe runs the ball for the Mustangs during Hoxie's 21-7 victory at Highland on Friday. Waldrupe amassed 94 yards and a touchdown for the Mustang offense.
Submitted Photo ~ David Dobbs

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs moved to 3-0 on the season with a 21-7 road victory over the Class 4A Highland Rebels on Friday night.

The game was a defensive struggle for most of the first half, with the evening's first points coming on a 55-yard run by Hoxie quarterback Clay Hart with 2:19 left in the first half. Brad Cook's PAT gave the Mustangs a 7-0 lead.

The Rebels retaliated quickly, scoring on a 10-yard pass with just 13 seconds left in the quarter to earn a 7-7 tie at halftime.

Blaine Middlecoff put the Mustangs back in the lead with a 10-yard run early in the third quarter. Cook added the PAT to give Hoxie a 14-7 advantage.

Hoxie put the game away in the fourth period on a 15-yard run by Houston Waldrupe with 6:39 remaining in the game. Cook added the Mustangs' final point.

Hart was the Mustangs' leading rusher, finishing with 114 yards on 11 carries. He completed 1-of-5 pass attempts for four yards.

Waldrupe added 94 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Middlecoff carried 11 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. Cook carried eight times for 22 yards.

Josh Cypret led the Mustangs' defensive effort with 12 tackles. Cade Crisler, Corey Fountain and Cook each had nine tackles. Fountain recorded a quarterback sack. David Sanders had eight tackles. Blake Snow, Derek Johnson and Zach Wilson each had seven tackles.

Hoxie's pass defense came up big, intercepting four Highland passes. Cody West had two thefts, while Jonathon Quesada and Wilson each picked off a pass.

Players of the week were Hart on offense, West on defense and Crisler on special teams.

Hoxie will play in front of the home fans for the first time this season when the Mustangs host Manila on Friday for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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