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Indians now 9-0 with win over Wildcats

BY JOE B. COATES

A huge homecoming crowd of mostly partisan Indian fans left Robert McDaniel Stadium in Hazlehurst very happy on Friday night, after the Indians throttled Region 7-3A foe Wilkinson County 35-22.
The Indians broke a 7-7 game open in the second quarter, scoring 21 points to lead 28-14 at halftime.  Each team scored once in the fourth quarter.
Senior running back Demetrius Cain, a Copiah County Super 7 honoree, rushed for three touchdowns of 3, 11 and 4 yards.  His teammate, Aaron Larry, added two touchdown runs of 2 and 7 yards to complete the scoring for the Indians.  Place kicker Malik Brown was perfect on PAT’s, going 5-for-5.
Quarterback Kenneth Coleman rushed for 32 yards and passed for 250.
Dedric Reese caught 5 passes for 104 yards; and, Dycelious Reese caught 2 for 53.  Xavion Thedford also caught 2 passes for 48 yards.
Cain and Larry each also had big game on the defensive side of the ball, finishing with 8 tackles each. John Bridges recorded 6 stops, including 2 for loss.  Jonkil Skipper also notched 6 takles, with one for loss.  Thedford had 5 tackles.
“We played very well amid the homecoming distractions,” said head coach Randal Montgomery.  “Our guys kept their focus all week, and it showed on Friday night.”
Hazlehurst, 9-0, 3-0 in Region 7-3A, is tied for first place with Jefferson County in the region with the win.  Wilkinson County, 7-2, 1-2, fell into third place behind Jefferson County, 5-4, 3-0, defeated Prentiss 14-12 on Friday night to keep pace with the Indians.
In other Region 7-3A action, Franklin County, 5-4, 1-2, in fourth place, handed Crystal Springs its fourth straight loss, 43-14.  Prentiss, 2-7, 1-2, is a game ahead of Crystal Springs, 4-4, 0-3, at fifth place in 7-3A.
The Indians travel to Jefferson County next Friday night to play for the 7-3A championship and the top regional seed in the South State 3A playoffs.
“Jefferson County has had a great season, and we’re looking forward to the challenge of playing for the Region 7-3A title at their place,” Montgomery said.
In other Region 7-3A action, Crystal Springs is at Wilkinson County, and Franklin County takes on Prentiss.  All kickoffs are set for 7:00.

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