Cumby's in playoffs despite loss to Boles

From Staff Reports

Nov. 11, 2007 - CUMBY - The Quinlan Boles Hornets proved Friday night why they are the best team in District 17-A this season with a 52-32 win over the Cumby Trojans.

The Trojans made the playoffs despite the loss with a 3-2 record in District 16-A (6-4 overall), to finish third in district.

Sophomore quarterback Brixx Hawthorne had a big game for the Trojans going 13-of-26 passing for 154 yards and four touchdowns, and also rushing for 128 yards on 17 carries.

The Trojans had two leads in the game as Kris Stanford hauled in a 43-yard touchdown reception from Hawthorne for the 6-0 advantage with 8:50 remaining in the first. On the two-point conversion, Hawthorne was sacked.

Boles tailback Joe Gilliard then scored his first of six touchdowns on a 29-yard run and then ran in the two-point conversion for the 8-6 lead.

Cumby went into the second quarter with a 12-8 lead as Hawthorne found Stanford for his second touchdown on a 3-yard reception with 4:01 remaining.

Gilliard then scored four straight touchdowns on runs of 1, 45, 46 and 64 yards before B.T. Brown had a 52-yard kickoff return as Cumby was down, 40-18.

Gilliard then capped off a 30-point third quarter with a 56-yard run to paydirt with 1:48 remaining.

In the fourth quarter, Hawthorne once again connected with Stanford on their third touchdown of the game. This time, the touchdown came from 10 yards out with 8:58 remaining and a 46-21 deficit. Stanford finished the game with four catches for 71 yards and three touchdowns. He also had an interception return for 16 yards.

Boles quarterback Kailob Wallace scored the final touchdown for Boles on a 10-yard keeper with 5:19 remaining.

With the Hornets up, 52-24, Hawthorne threw his fourth touchdown of the game as Brown scored from 5-yards out for the final score of the game.

The Trojan defense gave up 492 yards of total offense with 444 yards coming on the ground. Cumby had 329 yards of total offense in the game.

Quinlan Boles, Wolfe City and Cumby will represent District 17-A in the state playoffs.

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