November 25, 2015 Edition

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Mustangs end season in
second round at state

Hoxie's Diamani Davis picks up some yards on the ground during the Mustangs' second-round loss to Glen Rose on Friday night. Davis rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Submitted Photo ~ David Dobbs

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Glen Rose Beavers scored the game's final 21 points to break open a close game and defeat the Hoxie Mustangs 56-33 in the second round of the 3A State Football Playoffs Friday night at Hoxie's Crider Field.

The game was an offensive showcase, with the teams trading touchdowns for the first three quarters.

Hoxie took a 7-0 lead on quarterback James Johnson's 44-yard run. Casey Middlecoff kicked the extra point. Glen Rose tied the score when Aaron Weatherford passed 20 yards to Seth Davis.

Johnson scored on a 15-yard run later in the quarter, and Middlecoff added the PAT to give the Mustangs a 14-7 lead. The Beavers answered when Weatherford connected with Davis for a 28-yard score to knot the game at 14-14 at the end of the first quarter.

Glen Rose took a 21-14 lead on a 33-yard touchdown run by Jordan Johnson early in the second period.

Hoxie's James Johnson scored on a quarterback keeper from one yard out, and Middlecoff booted the PAT to tie the game at 21-21.

Austin Hughes caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Weatherford to put the Beavers back in the lead at 28-21.

The Mustangs responded when James Johnson broke free for a 30-yard touchdown later in the second quarter. The extra point attempt was no good, leaving the Mustangs with a one-point deficit, 28-27.

Weatherford tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the evening, a 55-yarder to Jarred Rogers, late in the quarter to give Glen Rose a 35-27 halftime lead.

Hoxie closed to within 35-33 on Diamani Davis's 18-yard run in the third quarter. That would be as close as the Mustangs would get, as the Beavers stopped the two-point conversion.

The Beavers' defense held the Mustangs out of the end zone for the remainder of the contest, while their offense put the game way with three long touchdown runs by Jordan Johnson. Johnson scored on a 48-yard run late in the third quarter, and then added scoring runs of 93 and 20 yards in the fourth period.

Hoxie ended the 2015 season with a 9-3 overall record.

“I'm very proud of what this team was able to accomplish this year,” said Hoxie head coach Tom Sears. “This group of seniors were a part of three consecutive conference championships and a 32-6 record. They represented their families, school and town to the utmost.”

James Johnson turned in another outstanding performance in his final game as a Mustang. The senior quarterback rushed 30 times for 214 yards and four touchdowns. He was seven-of-12 passing, for 61 yards.

Davis finished with 105 rushing yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. Austen Blocker had two carries for 12 yards.

Blocker led the Mustangs in receiving, with four receptions for 27 yards. Dylan Littlejohn had two receptions for 10 yards, and Samuel Hatfield had one catch for 24 yards.

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