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Hoxie's Jacob Henson (#22) moves in to assist Austin Williams as he takes down a Harrisburg runner during the Mustangs' 28-15 victory on Thursday night. Also shown is Colton Brown (#44).
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Hoxie earns win over Harrisburg

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs wrapped up the 2012 football regular-season with a 28-15 victory over 3A-3 rival Harrisburg on Friday night. The Mustangs qualified for the state playoffs as the conference's fourth seed and will play at Lamar in a first-round game on Friday.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 14-0 lead against Harrisburg and carried a 22-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Colton Brown opened the scoring with a one-yard run in the first quarter. Cole Sears passed to Slade Sullens for the conversion and an 8-0 Hoxie lead.

Sears connected with Sullens on a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second period to stretch the advantage to 14-0.

Harrisburg cut the Mustangs' lead to 14-7 when quarterback Marcus Smith tossed a 24-yard scoring pass to Wesley Creasey later in the quarter.

Hoxie rallied to answer the Hornets' score, as Sears hit Brown with a 10-yard touchdown pass with just five seconds remaining in the half. Sears again found Sullens for the conversion and a 22-7 lead.

The Mustangs' added to their lead early in the second half when Brown scored on a 15-yard run with 9:55 to play in the third quarter. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, keeping Hoxie's lead at 28-7.

A special teams error resulted in a safety, making the score 28-9 heading into the final period.

Smith scored Harrisburg's final points on a one-yard run with 4:18 to play to set the final score.

Sears completed six-of-10 passes, for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Gunner Cook led Hoxie in rushing, with 142 yards on 24 carries.

Sullens had two receptions for 40 yards, and Brett Nosser caught two passes for 52 yards.

Brown also had a big game on defense, recording 17 tackles and causing a fumble. Sullens, Stephen Arnold and Conner Roberts each had nine tackles. Arnold and Roberts each had a sack, and Roberts blocked a pass.

Hoxie finished the regular season with a 6-3 overall record. The Mustangs' 4-3 conference mark tied them for third place with Earle, but Earle received a higher playoff seed due to their victory over Hoxie earlier this season.

Hoxie's first-round game at Lamar will begin at 7 p.m.

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