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Hazlehurst knocked out of playoffs

Franklin County rolled into McDaniel Stadium on Friday night expecting a fight from the Hazlehurst Indians.  They got what they expected, and gave even more, winning 35-20 on this rainy Friday evening.

The Indians struck first with Crump’s 51 yard score.  Fair’s 2-point conversion put the Indians ahead 8-0 early in the game.

The Bulldogs weren’t phased and scored when Collins broke off a 17 yarder.  Then Collins completed a pass to King for 20 yards to lead 14-8 after one quarter.

Indian runner Fuller gave the lead back to Hazlehurst on an electrifying 80 yard run in the third to even the score at 14.

Collins then added a 45 yard scamper to retake the lead for the Bulldogs.  The successful PAT increased the Bulldog lead to 21-14.

Speedy Indian quarterback Durr got Hazlehurst back within one when he hit Fuller for a 52 yarder in the fourth quarter.  The Indians had closed the gap to 21-20 early in the period.

Franklin got a 20 yard run from Collins to go up 28-20 with a little under 5 minutes to play, forcing the Indians to press down the field to tie the game.  But, the Bulldogs ended the home team’s hope with an interception at 1:20 left in the game.  Franklin added an insurance score on a 49 yard run by Smith with just under 30 seconds left.

The Indian finished 8-3 and with a perfect 5-0 mark in 6-3A.

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