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Mustangs hold on for win

Hoxie's Cody West runs the ball during the Mustangs' 13-12 victory over Piggott Friday night. More photos can be seen at www.lawrencecounty.biz
Submitted Photo ~ Robert Warden

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Hoxie's defense denied Piggott on a pair of two-point conversions in the fourth quarter and the Mustangs held on to defeat the Mohawks 13-12 Friday night at Crider Field.

Blaine Middlecoff put Hoxie on the scoreboard first, with a five-yard run in the first quarter. Brad Cook's extra point gave Hoxie a 7-0 lead with 9:09 to play in the opening period.

That score would hold until late in the third period, when Houston Waldrupe gave the Mustangs a 13-0 lead on a five-yard run with 3:10 remaining in the period.

Piggott began its comeback attempt on a six-yard run by Michael Morgan to cut Hoxie's lead to 13-6 with 11:21 to play in the game. Daniel Baldwin brought the Mohawks to within 13-12 on a one-yard run with 1:50 to play, before the Mustang defense rose up to stop Piggott's conversion attempt.

"I was proud that our team was able to find a way to win," said Hoxie head coach Tom Sears. "We struggled with our consistency on offense, but our defense stepped up big for us."

Middlecoff was the Mustangs' leading rusher, with 83 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Waldrupe finished with 67 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Clay Hart had six carries for 29 yards. Adam Madden carried once for six yards, and Cook had four yards on two carries.

Hart completed 2-of-5 passes, for 24 yards, with both completions to Cody West.

Derek Johnson led Hoxie's defense with 19 tackles, including three for a loss and one quarterback sack. Josh Cypret had 17 tackles. Cade Crisler, Blake Snow and Cook had 12 tackles apiece, and Thomas Kingsland had 10.

Players of the week are Tommy Stockton on offense, Johnson on defense and Chris Montelongo on special teams.

Hoxie is now 6-1 overall and 3-1 in 3A-3 conference play. Next week the Mustangs play their final home game of the regular season when they host the unbeaten Earle Bulldogs on Senior Night. The Mustangs' seniors will be recognized prior to the game, at approximately 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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