, Muskogee, OK


September 21, 2013

Backup leads Hilldale to romp over Beggs

BEGGS — Sometimes after a rivalry game, a team can lose focus.

That was not the case for the Hilldale Hornets on Friday night, as they came out strong and blasted the Beggs Demons 61-27, washing the taste of the loss to Fort Gibson away with an impressive scoring display.

The Hornets (2-1) focused on the running game this week and it showed. They racked up 11 first downs, 181 yards rushing and 28 first-half points, and did it with a reserve running back.

Seth Reheard went out on the first play from scrimmage with an ankle injury. The drive began at the Hornets’ 48 after the kickoff. Hunter Woods entered in relief of Reheard and accounted for 13 of the yards on the scoring drive and capped it with a 3-yard dive. The six-play march countered the Demons’ scoring on a 9-play, 80-yard opening march that ended on a 6-yard run by Lane Bouse.

Woods finished the game with 150 yards rushing on 29 carries and five touchdowns.

“That was our goal to run the ball effectively. Give credit to our line, they did a good job,” said Hilldale coach Chad Kirkhart after the game.

Woods agreed with his coach. “They (line) did a great job,” he said. “They opened holes and we were able to take advantage.”

Meanwhile, quarterback Chandler Puckett led the passing attack, completing 15 of 19 for 248 yards and two touchdowns.

After Hilldale tied matters, the Demons’ second possession was short lived. Hilldale’s Justin Sanders forced a fumble by Tyler Marr and the Hornets were in business. From the Beggs 46-yard line, Woods rushed for five yards. Puckett found C.J. Hunnicutt for 40 yards and Woods capped off the drive with a touchdown run. With Puckett’s extra point kick, the Hornets were up 14-7.

Hilldale’s third possession spanned five minutes. With a dose of Woods running and Puckett passing, the Hornets found the end zone on a Bradley Campbell 1 yard run from the wildcat formation and Hilldale’s lead had ballooned to 21-7. The Hornets found the scoreboard again on another Campbell 1-yard run out of the wildcat formation to make it 28-13 at the half.

The Hornets scored on five of their six second half possessions. Puckett tossed to Campbell for a 10 yard score, while Woods added a 24-yard scamper for a touchdown that brought the score to 41-13.

Woods was not finished as he added another touchdown on a 15-yard run. Puckett tossed another pass to Hunter Olson for a score. The Hornets finished the scoring on Woods’ fifth touchdown, a 1 yard run.

Olson finished with 107 yards on six carries, plus three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown, while Campbell pulled in six passes for 115 yards and a TD while also grabbing one interception while on defense.

Beggs fell to 2-1. The Hornets return to action next week when they host Jay in the District 3A-7 opener for both teams.

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