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Earle defeats Hoxie
after close first half

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Hoxie's Kenny Mashburn runs the football for the Mustangs as his teammate Joe Gage (#84) moves in on the play during Hoxie's loss to Earle on Friday night.
Submitted Photo ~ Sarah Green

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Earle Bulldogs scored on several big plays to break open a close game and hand the Hoxie Mustangs a 53-20 defeat in 3A-3 conference action Friday night at Crider Field.

Tyler Hall scored on a 19-yard reception from Sebastian Irvin to give Hoxie a 6-0 lead with 10:15 to play in the first quarter. Earle answered with a pair of touchdowns and held a 12-6 lead at the end of the period.

Hoxie regained the lead at 14-12 when Irvin scored from six yards out, then ran in the two-point conversion with 7:29 to play in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs responded with 13 unanswered points to move out to a 25-14 lead with 4:39 to play in the period.

Tyler Clement brought the Mustangs to within 25-20 with a four-yard run with 48 seconds remaining in the half.

Earle struck quickly, as quarterback Dalvin Kimble hit Robert Marshall with a 54-yard touchdown pass with just 16 seconds left in the quarter. The extra point gave the Bulldogs a 32-20 advantage at the half.

The Bulldogs exploded for 21 points on a pair of 60-yard runs and a 48-yard run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

For Hoxie, Irvin finished with 139 yards rushing on 18 carries. Tyler Clement added 109 yards on 25 attempts. Kenny Mashburn carried nine times for 65 yards. Cody Treadaway had two carries for eight yards, and Garrett Hart had one yard on three attempts.

Irvin completed two-of-four passes, for 25 yards.

Hall had two receptions for 17 yards, and Joe Gage caught one pass for six yards.

The Mustangs fell to 2-1 in conference play and 3-3 overall. The Mustangs host Manila on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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