Indians remain perfect in 32-16 win
Hazlehurst improved to 5-0 with a come-from-behind 32-16 win over South Pike last Friday night. The Indians trailed 8-6 at halftime after a slow start.
“We weren’t able to move the ball much on them in the first half, and give them credit for having a good game plan,” head coach Randal Montgomery said.
The lone first half TD for the Indians was scored in the second period by WR Dylecious Reese on a 30 yard pass play from quarterback Kenneth Coleman. The extra point try was blocked by the Eagles.
The Indians jumped ahead in the third on a 32 yard rushing TD by RB Aaron Larry and added the two point conversion to lead 14-8. Coleman threw for another score, this time to Thedford for 30 yards later in the period, as Hazlehurst pulled ahead 20-8.
In the fourth, the Indians added two more scores–an 8 yard dash by Larry and Coleman’s third TD pass of the game to Dedric Reese from 51 yards out–to ice the game. South Pike added a late TD to inch closer.
Coleman had another good game passing the football, finishing 11-of-16 for 280 yards and three TD’s. Dedric Reese caught three balls for 89 yards and a score. Dycelious Reese caught three for 72 yards and a score.
Larry led the rushing attack for the Indians, gaining 80 yards on nine carries. Demetrius Cain earned 81 on seven carries. All told the Indians rushed for 174 yards.
On defense, Jonkill Skipper, playing on the line, recorded 11 tackles. Jarvarus Tanner also had a good night with nine tackles.
One aspect of the game that the Indians have been steady at during the season has been extra points. On Friday, though, the Indians missed all of their kicking PAT’s. “We just had a terrible game. Our kicker had a bad night,” Montgomery said.
Hazlehurst will have to perform at a “very high level”, Montgomery said, this Friday night on the road against last year’s 2A runner-up East Marion. The Eagles are 3-1 and coming off a 41-0 whipping of Prentiss.