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Mustangs trample Trumann, 42-6



Hoxie's Gunner Cook runs the ball in Friday night's victory over Trumann, during which he tallied 153 yards and scored four touchdowns. Hoxie won the game 42-6.
Submitted Photo ~ David Dobbs

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Gunner Cook rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Hoxie Mustangs to a 42-6 season-opening victory over the Trumann Wildcats Friday night at Crider Field.

Hoxie jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Hunter Wilson caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cole Sears with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter. Casey Middlecoff added the extra point.

Trumann answered with a touchdown of their own, but missed the PAT, leaving the Mustangs with a 7-6 lead.

The Mustangs then began to pull away. Cook ran nine yards for a score with 4:01 remaining in the half, followed by Sears' 20-yard touchdown pass to James Johnson at the 1:10 mark to give Hoxie a 21-6 halftime lead.

Cook added scoring runs of 13 and eight yards in the third quarter to stretch the Mustangs' lead to 35-6 heading into the final period. He added his fourth score on a 14-yard run with 3:57 left in the game. Middlecoff booted his sixth PAT for the final point.

In addition to Cook's totals, Sears rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries, and Colton Robins carried once for 15 yards, as the Mustangs rolled up 240 rushing yards as a team.

Sears completed eight-of-14 passes, for 98 yards.

Austen Blocker had two receptions for 45 yards. Wilson finished with two receptions for 22 yards. Dylan Littlejohn caught two passes for 16 yards, and Johnson caught one pass for 20 yards.

Stephen Arnold led the Hoxie's defensive effort with 12 tackles, while Austin Williams recorded nine stops.

The Mustangs take to the road Friday night to face the Westside Warriors. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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