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Hoxie's season ends with loss

Hoxie quarterback Cole Sears sprints to the goal line after breaking a Lamar tackle during the Mustangs' 21-18 state playoff loss on Friday night. Sears recorded 95 yards rushing, including two touchdown runs.
TD Photo ~ Angie Skimahorn

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs' football season came to an end with a hard-fought 21-18 loss to the Lamar Warriors in the first round of the 3A State Playoffs Friday night at Lamar.

The teams battled through a scoreless first quarter before the Mustangs put up the only points of the first half on Cole Sears' 15-yard run with seven minutes remaining in the second period. Lamar stopped Hoxie on the two-point conversion attempt and the Mustangs took a 6-0 lead into halftime.

Lamar's defense came up with a big play to start the second half. The Warriors' Shane Sinor scooped up a Hoxie fumble and returned it for a touchdown to tie the game at 6-6. Jordan Haas kicked the extra point to give Lamar a 7-6 lead with eight minutes to play in the third quarter.

Hoxie regained the lead when Sears went 26 yards on a quarterback keeper with three minutes to go in the period. The two-point attempt was unsuccessful, holding the Mustangs' lead to 12-7.

Lamar struck back quickly when Justus Williams broke free for a 50-yard run on the Warriors' ensuing possession. Haas' extra point put Lamar ahead 14-12.

Hoxie answered Lamar's quick strike with one of their own, as Brett Nosser bolted 55 yards for a touchdown in the final seconds of the third quarter. Once again, Lamar thwarted Hoxie's two-point attempt and the Mustangs carried an 18-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

Hoxie's defense made their lead stand until Haas connected with Hunter Sanders for a 29-yard touchdown with 2:07 to play in the contest. Haas' extra point proved to be the game's final point.

The Mustangs did not go quietly, driving to the Warriors' 20-yard line. A pass into the end zone fell incomplete on the final play of the game.

Sears completed 13-of-22 pass attempts, for 118 yards. He also rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Hoxie finished the season with a 6-4 overall record.

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