Daylon, ShunDerrick and Davie Powell combined to rush for 671 yards and nine touchdowns as the Hoxie Mustangs overwhelmed the Paris Eagles 65-35 in the quarterfinals of the 3A football playoffs Friday night at Crider Field.
Hoxie improved to 12-0 on the season and will next face the McGehee Owls in the semifinals at McGehee. The Owls are also undefeated, at 11-0.
Against Paris, the Mustangs set the tone early, scoring 26 points in the first quarter. ShunDerrick Powell scored Hoxie’s first touchdown on a 39-yard run. He followed that up with an 89-yard scoring burst later in the period.
Quarterback Daylon Powell scored on runs of 51 and 80 yards, as the Mustangs led 26-7 after one period.
Hoxie extended its lead in the second quarter when Daylon Powell scored on a one-yard keeper to make the score 32-7. Later in the period, Jalen Chappell picked up a fumble and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown. Chappell added the PAT to stretch the Mustangs’ advantage to 39-7. Paris added a touchdown and two-point conversion to cut Hoxie’s lead to 39-15 at the intermission.
Each team scored 12 points in the third quarter, with Hoxie’s scores coming on a 32-yard run by ShunDerrick Powell and a 52-yard dash by Davie Powell.
The Eagles scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to make the score 51-35, but Hoxie finished strong, turning in two more big plays to close out the game. Daylon Powell scored on a 55-yard run, and added the conversion to give Hoxie a 59-35 lead. Davie Powell scored the game’s final points on a 66-yard run, setting the final score at 65-35.
Daylon Powell led Hoxie’s rushing attack with 291 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries. ShunDerrick Powell finished with 259 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries, while Davie Powell added 121 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries.
Grady Cook had four carries for 27 yards. Cade Forrester rushed five times for 19 yards, and Jalen Chappell carried once for 10 yards and a touchdown.
Daylon Powell was three-of-10 passing, for 31 yards.
Stefan Coleman caught two passes for 23 yards, and Forrester had one reception for eight yards.
Sam Turner was Hoxie’s leading tackler, with 10 stops and three assists. Davie Powell had six tackles, one assist, an interception and a fumble recovery. Jace Benesch added six tackles and two assists, and Forrester had five tackles, four assists and an interception. Peyton Jamison finished with five tackles and two assists, and Jordan Beasley added four tackles.
Seth Brooks had three tackles and three assists, while ShunDerrick Powell and Coleman each had three tackles. Cook had one tackle and an assist, and Xander Ball made two tackles. Cooper Spradlin had one tackle and an assist, and Mario Armstrong and Carson Cooper each had one tackle. Caden Dougan had two assists, and Jalen Chappell had one assist.