Mustangs earn big win at Cave City

Houston Waldrupe leaves a Cave City defender behind in Hoxie's 46-10 victory over the Cavemen on Friday night. Corey Fountain (#77) is in the background.
Submitted Photo ~ David Dobbs

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs got points from a variety of sources as the Mustangs routed Cave City 46-10 Friday night in 3A-3 conference play.

The win, coupled with Earle's loss to Harrisburg, gave the Mustangs sole possession of second place in the conference with an 8-1 league record and sets the stage for this Thursday's showdown with the undefeated Hornets at Harrisburg. A win over Harrisburg would give the Mustangs a share of the conference title and the conference's top playoff seed.

"Our goal all year has been to win the conference championship and it's great that we will have that opportunity Thursday," said the Mustangs' head coach Tom Sears.

The Mustangs took the lead over Cave City on Brad Cook's four-yard run with 5:05 to play in the first quarter. Cook added the extra point for a 7-0 Hoxie lead.

Hoxie added to their lead late in the quarter when quarterback Clay Hart tossed a 17-yard scoring pass to Cody West for a 13-0 Mustang advantage.

Cave City cut Hoxie's lead to 13-3 with a field goal early in the second quarter, but the Mustangs responded with two more scores before halftime to put the game out of reach.

Houston Waldrupe scored on a three-yard run to give the Mustangs a 19-3 lead with 7:44 to play in the quarter. Hart then connected with Adam Madden on a 62-yard scoring pass in the final seconds of the half. Cook's PAT gave Hoxie a 25-3 halftime lead.

Cook found the end zone for the second time on a 20-yard run with 9:43 remaining in the third period. He added the PAT for a 32-3 Hoxie lead.

It was the Mustangs' defense turn to get on the scoreboard. With 2:43 to play in the third quarter, Derek Johnson picked up a Cave City fumble and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown and a 39-3 lead, following Cook's extra point.

The Cavemen added a touchdown and PAT to make the score 39-10 with 6:03 to play in the game.

Madden returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for Hoxie's final touchdown. Cook's PAT provided the final point.

"I believe our football team is peaking at the right time," said Sears. "Against Cave City, we continued to play with great intensity and desire. We were able to get a lot of kids playing time, which will help us in future weeks."

Waldrupe led the Mustangs' ground game with 137 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Cook finished with 56 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Blaine Middlecoff carried eight times for 50 yards, and Hart had 38 yards on seven carries.

Hart completed three-of-four passes, for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

Madden had two receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown, and Cody West caught one pass for 17 yards and a touchdown.

Josh Cypret and Blake Snow led the Mustang defensive effort with 13 tackles apiece. Cypret also had an interception. David Sanders recorded 11 tackles, while Cade Crisler and Cody Varner each had eight. Zac Wilson and Chris Montelongo each had seven tackles, and Johnson finished with six.

Players of the week are Michael Cullm and Waldrupe on offense, Cypret on defense and Madden on special teams.

Thursday's game at Harrisburg will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

"It should be a fantastic game. I hope everyone will be able to make the trip to cheer us on to victory," added Sears.

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