Eagles fly past Heflin, 43-0


Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Jaylen Robinson catches a pass over Cleburne County’s Samuel Groce during the Eagles’ 43-0 victory last Friday (Oct. 11) in Heflin. (Alex Chaney)

Darrian Meads rushed for over 200 yards and Ashton Gulledge scored three touchdown passes in Hokes Bluff’s 43-0 Class 4A, Region 6 victory over Cleburne County last Friday (Oct. 11) in Heflin.

The Eagles (5-2, 3-2) accumulated 434 yards of offense while holding the Tigers to 112.

Meads finished with 203 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, while Gulledge contributed 148 total yards. The senior quarterback was 4-of-5 in passing for 64 yards and a touchdown and had eight carries for 84 yards and three scores. He also had an interception, a sack and two tackles for losses on defense.

Hokes Bluff went ahead 14-0 with a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs by Gulledge, the first for 27 yards and second from a yard out.

The Eagles made it 22-0 on a 19-yard TD by Mead at 9:11 of the second period. Gulledge passed to Tristan Billingsley for the two-point conversion.

Gulledge ran for a 1-yard score at 4:50, and Gulledge and Jalen Robinson hooked up for a 23-yard touchdown with 1:25 left in the first half.

Hokes Bluff capped the scoring on the opening possession of the third quarter on Meads’ 28-yard TD run.

Tucker Griffin added 33 rushing yards on five carries, while Noah Sprayberry ran eight times for 32 yards. Robison had two catches for 47 yards. Jadan Burns was 5-for-5 on extra points.

Will Clemons and Hunter Burke each had nine tackles, while Austin Elder and Trint O’Dell each had a sack.

The Eagles host Cherokee County this Friday (Oct. 18) in region play.



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