Hazlehurst improved to 4-1 after last Friday’s win over Crystal Springs.
The Indians got on the board right out of the gate, stunning the home crowd. Copiah Super 7 quarterback Gabriel Gray returned the game’s opening kickoff 85 yards to open the scoring. James added the extra point for a very early 7-0 lead.
Hazlehurst tacked on two more scores in the first period. Cornelius Crump carried for a ten yard score on the Indians’ next possession. Then, after forcing a Tiger punt, Gray collected his second kick return touchdown of the game, returning the punt 65 yards for the score.
James added both PAT’s to extend the lead to 21-0 after the first.
Gray added a TD pass in the second quarter, hitting WR Torrey Quinn for a 40 yarder. James fourth PAT gave the Indians a 28-0 lead at the half.
Gray’s spectacular evening wasn’t over. Early in the the third he got another chance to return a punt. Once again, the result was the same.
Gray dashed 50 yards through the Tiger special teams, picking up his fourth TD of the game–three on returns, one through the air.
RB Leviticus Cain added the final TD for the Indians, going 10 yards in late third quarter action.
Hazlehurst collected two more points on a late safety. The Tigers finally dented the scoreboard with an interception return late in the game, with the final tally Hazlehurst 43, Crystal Springs 7.
The Indians gear up for another trip on Friday, this time to Port Gibson, in the final non-conference matchup of the season.
Crystal Springs will also hit the road, traveling to Wilkinson County. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 kickoffs.