After battling with two of the strongest opponents in division 7-3A–and quite possibly the state–Hazlehurst ended a two-game skid in Woodville last Friday night, taking the homecoming game away from Wilkinson County, 54-30.
The Indians put on an offensive show in taking a 34-6 halftime lead.
Leviticus Cain started the Indians’ onslaught with a 65 yard run in the first quarter. Demetrius Cain added a 53 yarder in the first and a 47 yarder in the second. Gabriel Gray notched a one yard plunge in the first and followed that with an 85 yard kickoff return for a TD after a WC score in the second. Jamarius James added four PAT’s in the first half, as well.
Indian WR Chris Perkins hauled in a 42 yard aerial from Gray and L. Cain added a 2 yard run in the third quarter. WC got 12 points in the frame. The Indians led 48-18 after three quarters.
WC outscored the visitors 12-6 in the final frame. Cornelius Crump’s 60 yard catch-and-run of a Gray pass ended the offense for the Indians, several of whom enjoyed the porous WC defense.
With the win Hazlehurst improves to 7-2, 1-2. Up next is Friday’s contest with Jefferson County at McDaniel Stadium in Hazlehurst. A win assures the Indians of a playoff berth.
“We played hard and well on a cool fall night just right for football,” said head coach Todd McDaniel. “We have a couple of areas in which we need to improve, but overall I am pleased with our performance. We will see how much better we can be next week.”