THARPTOWN — R.A. Hubbard used a strong defense and the running of John Owens to post a convincing 42-14 win over Tharptown on Friday night.
Hubbard’s defense held the Wildcats to just 182 total yards and forced three interceptions by Tharptown quarterback Kelby Hallmark.
While Hubbard’s defense was shutting down the Wildcats offense, Owens was running wild over the Tharptown defense.
Owens scored two touchdown in the first quarter on runs of 30 and 16 yards and also kicked both extra points to give the Chiefs a 14-0 lead.
After Hallmark scored a touchdown on a 12-yard run early in the second quarter to cut the lead in half, Owens put the game out of reach with two more touchdown scampers. The first one was a 55-yard run while the second covered 8 yards.
Darrian Almond also had a 54-yard touchdown run for the Chiefs late in the second quarter to give Hubbard a 34-7 lead at halftime.
Almond made the score 42-7 with a 44-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter before Tharptown closed the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Hallmark to Christopher Rickard.
Owens finished the game with 156 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored four touchdowns. He also kicked two extra points and scored two 2-point conversions.
R.A. Hubbard (3-3, 2-2 Class 1A, Region 8) hosts Vina next week while Tharptown (3-3, 2-2) plays at Shoals Christian.
WATERLOO — Rodney Camp had another huge night and so did his receivers Tyler Crumpton and Austin Mitchell.
Camp, who puts up video game numbers each week, threw for 316 yards and six touchdowns as Phillips
beat Waterloo. Crumpton caught six passes for 173 yards, including four TDs, and Mitchell caught three passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears (4-2, 3-1) stayed in the playoff hunt.
Bradley Darby rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown for the Cougars, who also got 109 yards and a score from Bobby Fox.
Camp opened the scoring with a 30-yard TD run. He added TD passes of 70 yards to Mitchell and 22 and 94 yards to Crumpton as Phillips opened a 30-0 lead.
Wayne Darby scored for Waterloo to end the half, trimming the lead to 30-6.
Camp connected with Crumpton from 22 yards and with Mitchell on a 40-yard TD pass in the third quarter. He closed out his night with a 6-yard TD pass to Crumpton in the fourth quarter.
Fox scored on a 1-yard run and Wayne Darby ran the conversion for Waterloo. Bradley Darby got Waterloo’s final score on a 6-yard run. Nelson McClish ran the conversion.
VINA — Five running backs scored touchdowns in the first half to power Hackleburg to a 47-19 win over Vina.
In all seven players had carries in the game, a combination that piled up 241 yards. Kristian Jones had 98 of those yards on eight carries. He scored twice.
Hackleburg (5-1, 4-0) scored on its first five offensive possessions and added a defensive score to during a 40-point first half.
Fullback Seth Moore’s 12-yard run run started the assault with 8:26 left in the first quarter. After Josh Jones recovered a bad snap on a punt in the end zone, the Panthers got a 16-yard run from Kristian Jones for a 20-0 lead after one quarter.
Hackleburg’s second-quarter touchdown runs were turned in by Dylan Gallaway (9 yards), Austin Adair (13 yards) and Matt Harper (16 yards).
The Red Devils had quick strikes in the quarter on Cody Renfrow’s 65-yard run and Andrew Hester’s 81-yard run, with 51 seconds remaining in the half.
Hackleburg’s only second-half score was turned in by Kristian Jones (3-yard run) as the Panthers went with reserves often.
Tyler Hammock scored Vina’s touchdown on a 15-yard run late in the game.
Hackleburg plays at Phillips next week.