Hokes Bluff puts damper on Plainview homecoming


Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Blain Barron tries to break free from Plainview’ Owen Hope during the Eagles’ 28-14 victory in high school football on Friday Oct. 6. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney Photography)

By Donna Thornton/Southern Torch Media

Hokes Bluff spoiled homecoming for Plainview on Friday Oct. 6 with a 28-14 Class 3A, Region 6 win over the Bears.
The Eagles (4-2, 3-1) took the lead early and held it throughout the contest. They drew first blood when Bryce Whitaker took a quarterback draw 35 yards up the middle for the score. The point after connected for a score of Hokes Bluff 7, Plainview 0.
The Bears (2-4, 1-3) answered with 8:50 left in the second quarter with a 72-yard drive capped by Brody Hodges’ touchdown run. The extra point was good to tie the game up.
Hokes Bluff came back to score on a fourth and goal play when Blain Barron took it in from the one-yard line with 1:13 left in the first half.
The Eagles stretched the lead to 14 points on the first play of the second half when Barron ran off tackle and took the ball 54-yards for the score.
Plainview quarterback Trey Rutledge found Owen Hope for four yards on a fourth and goal play to narrow the score. The PAT was good, bringing making the tally Hoke Bluff 21, Plainview 14 to end the third quarter.
Hokes Bluff soon scored on a quarterback sneak on fourth down play from the Plainview 2-yard line. The point after connected, making it 28-14 with 9:32 left to play.
Barron and Whitaker both rushed for over 100 yards, the former carrying 20 times for 142 yards and the latter 16 for 123.
Coleman McGinnis led the way defensively with 10 tackles, followed by Brayson Hayes and Anderson Morgan with eight each and Drew McCarver with seven.
The Eagles continue region play on Oct. 13 at home against Ohatchee.

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