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Indians clip Falcons, head to South Pike on Friday

By Joe B. Coates

Many Hazlehurst Indian fans viewed last Friday’s game at Wingfield as a possible trap game for the football team.  The Indians were fresh off a 24-7 bludgeoning of Brookhaven and are facing a tough road trip to South Pike next week.  Couple that with an improving Falcon squad that was looking for a marquee win.
Well, that letdown didn’t happen.  Head coach Randal Montgomery and his senior laden squad have been here before.  Their experience from seasons past proved that the ‘12 Indians were going to put on a show in Jackson on Friday night.  And, that, they did.
The Indians came out firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball and raced out to a lead 40-0 by halftime.  In the second half, Montgomery cleared his bench and played second- and third-stringers–who all got valuable game experience– and cruised to a 40-24 win to remain undefeated.  Wingfield fell to 0-4.
The Indians earned three scores in the first period.  Running back Aaron Larry plunged over from the 3.  Then, Dycelious Reese hauled in two TD passes from QB Kenneth Coleman–a 17 yarder and a 47 yarder.    After one, the Indians led 20-0.
In the second, Hazlehurst notched three more scores.  D’Alex Rockingham added a 48 yard run for a score.  Demetrius Cain blasted in from 8 yards out.  Xavion Thedford caught Coleman’s third TD pass of the game from 11 yards out.
Place kicker Malik Brown was 4-of-6 on extra points to round out the scoring for the Indians.
The Falcons scored 24 in the second half after Indian head coach Randal Montgomery sat the starters and played underclassmen for the rest of the evening.
Aaron Larry had 6 rushes for 68 yards to lead the Indian ground game.  Brown had 5 for 46, and Cain, 5 for 53.  Coleman did all the passing and finished with 176 yards, 3 TDs on 10-of-13 completions.  Dycelious Reese caught 3 passes for 71 yards and 2 TD’s.  Rockingham caught 2 balls for 52 yards.
The Indians, 4-0, will turn their attention to the South Pike Eagles this Friday night.  Their 0-3 record won’t mean a whole lot when game time begins at 7:30 between these two old rivals.  The Eagles have lost to Wilkinson County (32-8), McComb (28-0) and East Marion (27-6).

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