WATERLOO — Jeffrey Patrick made sure Cherokee ended its season on a high note Thursday night.
Patrick rushed for 258 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Indians to a 48-22 victory over Waterloo in the season finale for both teams.
Patrick scored his three touchdowns in the first 14 minutes as Cherokee (3-7) took a quick 20-0 lead en route to the win.
“Very few teams get to end their season with a win,” Cherokee coach Jon Thompson said. “We haven’t had as many wins as we would like, but tonight was a good win. I’m really proud for our seniors.”
A fumble recovery by David Alfaro set up Patrick’s first score which covered four yards. Patrick then broke scoring runs of 57 and 65 yards on toss sweeps to put the Indians up 20-0 early in the second quarter.
An interception by Austin Gooch set up the next Cherokee score as Alfaro hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Will Moore to extend the lead to 26-0.
Waterloo (2-8) rallied late in the second quarter. Wayne Darby scored on a 3-yard run and the Cougars then recovered an onside kick. Darby scored again, this time on a 1-yard sneak and he then passed to Trey Palmer for the 2-point conversion to trim the lead to 26-14 at halftime.
Cherokee, however, put it away in the third quarter. Gooch blocked a Waterloo punt and returned it 10 yards for a score and Alfaro added a 61-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 40-14.
Darby added a 2-yard scoring run for Waterloo and threw to Bradley Darby for the 2-point conversion to make it 40-22. Chris Stanley added a 1-yard scoring run for Cherokee.
Bobby Fox finished with 163 yards rushing on 23 carries for Waterloo.
Phil Campbell 14
PHIL CAMPBELL — With a regional title and first0-round home playoff game already locked up, Hackleburg head coach Rod Hudson said finding motivation was not a problem this week as the Panthers prepared for Phil Campbell.
“Our players understand that this is a rivalry for the community and former players,” he said. “They know it’s a big game.”
The Hackleburg players answered the call in the road win, running the team’s winning streak to nine straight games. The Panthers (9-1) had two backs eclipse 100 rushing yards while holding the host Bobcats to 144 total yards.
“We are a different team now than we were at the beginning of the season,” Hudson added. “We have had a lot of kids grow up and develop into key role players for us.”
After surrendering an early score, the Panthers reeled off 35 unanswered points to take control. Phil Campbell’s James Dorroh scored on a 58-yard run on the game’s second snap from scrimmage to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead.
Hackleburg responded with three straight touchdown drives to take a 22-7 lead at the half. Kristian Jones found the end zone each time for the Panthers, getting touchdown runs of 5, 22 and 4 yards in the first half. He added another score in the third quarter and finished with 105 rushing yards.
Quarterback Dylan Gallaway helped the Panthers pull away in the second half. The senior ran 15 times for 149 yards. Austin Adair also had a one-yard touchdown for Hackleburg.
Phil Campbell’s Jacob Hamilton wrapped up the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run with three seconds remaining.
Hackleburg will host Donoho in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs on Friday.
BRILLIANT — Brilliant scored 34 unanswered points to take control and held on to beat Phillips.
The Bears (5-5) struck first when Rodney Camp threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Austin Mitchell and then hit Tyler Crumpton for the 2-point conversion to put Phillips up 8-0.
Brilliant tied it in the first quarter and then added three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 28-8 lead into halftime. Brilliant extended the lead to 34-14 after three quarters.
Camp added touchdown passes of 17 yards to Joseph Bates and 20 yards to
Trevor Parker in the fourth quarter. Camp finished 11 of 26 for 216 yards and three scores.
Phillips will play at Cedar Bluff in the 1A playoffs next Friday.
East Lawrence 50, Hatton 14
CADDO — Terrance Deloney ran for three touchdowns in the second half, and the East Lawrence Eagles stifled Hatton’s offense en route to a dominating win.
During the first half,
Hatton ran the ball at will, scoring on the game’s first possession when Laron Cooper capped a 9-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
East Lawrence answered with two touchdown drives to take a 14-6 lead. Hatton tied it on Shadoe Stephenson’s 8-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion by Cooper.
But East Lawrence rallied to take a 22-14 lead into halftime and then dominated the second half.