November 26, 2008 Edition

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Mustang football season ends

Hoxie's Blaine Middlecoff runs the ball during Friday night's second-round state playoff game at Crider Field. The Mustangs' season ended with a 16-7 loss to Lamar.
Submitted Photo ~ Robert Warden
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Lamar Warriors outlasted the Hoxie Mustangs 16-7 in a defensive battle Friday night at Hoxie's Crider Field in a second-round matchup in the Class 3A state football playoffs.

Hoxie threatened to get on the scoreboard first. After stopping the Warriors' opening drive, the Mustangs drove to the Lamar six-yard line before being stopped on a fourth-down at the three.

The game remained scoreless until Lamar's Mark Pearson scored on a four-yard run with 3:39 to play in the second quarter. The extra-point was no good and the Warriors carried a 6-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Lamar defense began the second half where it left off in the first half, stopping Hoxie on downs near midfield. The Warriors took advantage of the good field position when quarterback D.J. Shaw passed 41 yards to Matt Jones for a touchdown. Cameron Looper's extra point gave Lamar a 13-0 lead with 3:51 to play in the third quarter.

Hoxie's defense then stepped up to provide the Mustangs with some much-needed momentum. With Lamar driving into Hoxie territory again, Chris Montelongo recovered a Lamar fumble at the Mustangs' 40-yard line. Hoxie capitalized on the turnover when quarterback Clay Hart capped the Mustangs' ensuing possession with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Quesada. Brad Cook's extra-point sliced Lamar's lead to 13-7 with 8:01 to play in the game.

Hoxie then attempted an onside kick, which was recovered by Lamar. The Warriors then marched into Mustang territory and put the game out of reach on a 38-yard field goal by Looper with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

Hart completed nine-of-16 pass attempts for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed nine times for 23 yards.

Sebastian Irvin carried four times for 29 yards, and Blaine Middlecoff added 19 yards on 11 carries. Cook rushed five times for 16 yards. Houston Waldrupe had 11 yards on three carries, and Adam Madden carried once for four yards.

Madden caught three passes for 40 yards, while Cody West caught three for 23 yards. Quesada had two receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown, and Jeremy Anglin caught one pass for 14 yards.

Hoxie concludes the season with a record of 9-2.

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