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Mustangs record win at Corning



Hoxie quarterback Clay Hart goes back for a pass as Brad Cook fights off a Corning defender during the Mustangs' 34-7 victory Friday night.
Submitted Photo ~ David Dobbs

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs used a 20-point outburst at the beginning of the fourth quarter to break open a close game and secure their fifth win of the season, 34-7 over 3A-3 conference opponent Corning on Friday night at Corning.

Leading 14-7 entering the final period, quarterback Clay Hart scored on a four-yard run with 11:19 to play in the game. Brad Cook's extra point gave the Mustangs a 21-7 lead.

On Hoxie's next possession, Houston Waldrupe ran 42 yards for a Mustang touchdown. Cook's PAT gave Hoxie a 28-7 lead with 10:34 to play.

Eighteen seconds later, following a Corning turnover, Hart connected with Adam Madden on a 35-yard scoring pass for the Mustangs' final points.

"I am very proud of how our team responded after a tough loss to Rivercrest. Beating a very physical Corning team puts us right back in the conference race," said Hoxie head coach Tom Sears.

Blaine Middlecoff got Hoxie on the scoreboard first, with a three-yard run with 5:21 to play in the first quarter. Cook's extra point put the Mustangs ahead 7-0. Later in the period, Hart passed 12 yards to Cook for Hoxie's second touchdown. Cook's PAT made the score 14-0 with 1:51 to play in the opening period.

Corning's only points came midway through the second quarter, when Jake Kegley passed 78 yards to K.C. Smith. The PAT cut Hoxie's lead to 14-7 with 7:13 to play before halftime.

Hart completed five passes in 10 attempts, for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed seven times for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Middlecoff led the Mustangs' ground attack with 139 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Waldrupe finished with 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and Cook had five carries for 18 yards.

Madden caught two passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Cody West had two receptions for 21 yards, and Cook caught one pass for 12 yards and a touchdown.

Josh Cypret led the Hoxie defense with 13 tackles. Blake Snow recorded 12 tackles, and Thomas Kingsland had 10. Cade Crisler made nine tackles and Corey Fountain had eight.

Jonathan Quesada and Fountain each forced a Corning fumble. Coy Yasler, Cypret and Snow each recovered a fumble. Snow, Cypret and Crisler each picked off a Bobcat pass.

Players of the week were Middlecoff on offense, Kingsland and Snow on defense and Yasler on special teams.

"I can't say enough about how great our fans have been," Sears added. "They, along with the band, have made for a great football environment whether it's on the road or at home."

Hoxie is now 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Mustangs host Piggott this week. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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