Houston County jumped to a 18-0 halftime lead in route to a 24-6 victory over the injury-plagued Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Tigers in Erin Friday night. The win pushes the 2A Irish season mark to 3-1 while the 1A Tigers fall to 1-3.
One of the keys to the Irish dominance of the first half of the contest was their ability to control the offensive and defensive lines. Because of the Irish dominance the Tigers couldn’t generate any momentum and were held to two first downs through the first two quarters.
The defensive adjustments made by the Tigers during halftime resulted in the Tigers holding Houston County to six points in the second half of the contest.
For the fourth consecutive week HRB began the contest by kicking to the opposing team. The two teams exchanged punts to end their first offensive series.
The first score of the night came with 3:25 remaining in the first quarter as a Houston County running back entered the end zone from two yards out. The extra point kick was no good, giving the Irish a 6-0 lead. The scoring drive was 83 yards in length and resulted from a steady rushing attack.
The next touchdown occurred with 3:48 in the first half by way of a 29-yard run. The extra point kick was blocked. The scoring drive was 40 yards in length and was setup by a pass interception. The Irish lead stood at 12-0.
The final score of the first half occurred at the :04 mark a result of a pass play that covered 42 yards to a wide-open receiver. The Irish failed on their two-point conversion attempt. The first half ended with Houston County leading 18-0.
The second half began with Central receiving the kickoff and beginning their first series of the second half at their own 45-yard line. Zane Mebane opened at quarterback, replacing the injured Dalton Williams, and played the position for the remainder of the game.
As the Tigers seemed to be gaining momentum they became their own worst enemy by acquiring major penalties that negated gains and turned them into losses. The third quarter ended with the Irish maintaining a 18-0 lead.
Central cut the score to 18-6 with 10:22 remaining in the contest as Zane Mebane raced 53 yards for a score. The two-point conversion attempt was no good.
Houston County extended their lead to the final score of 24-6 with 7:18 remaining in the contest by way of a 30-yard run for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good.
Next week the Tigers will begin a three game home stand as they host Region 61A opponent Middleton. Middleton enters the game with a 1-3 record following last week’s loss to Walnut, Mississippi. This game has been designated as homecoming, so everyone will want to get to the game early to ensure a good seat.
Everyone is encouraged to attend as many games as possible, but when you can’t make it out, tune into The Catfish 99.7. WFWL/WRJB has broadcast all Central football games for the last 31 years. Airtime is 6:30 p.m. while game time is 7:00 p.m. Games and Monday Night Live may also be accessed via the world wide web at wrjbradio.com
To hear comments regarding every HRB and Camden game, tune into Monday Night Live which airs live from the studios of WFWL/WRJB 95.9. The show, which begins at 6:00 p.m., is sponsored by Maddox Insurance and features Tiger head coach Jamie Williams and Camden head coach William Blow.
Special Thanks to Joyce Smothers for statistics and Christie Graves for photographs.