Friday, October 21, 2016
Hixson High School
PASSING: WILL MCDONALD – 163 yards, 2 TDs
RUSHING: MITCHELL AYERS – 211 tards, 3 TDs, 5.15 YPC
DYLAN CANTRELL – 15 yards
WILL MCDONALD – 12 yards
RECEIVING: WESLEY SMITH – 4 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
JAKE CRAIG – 2 rec, 37 yards
MITCHELL AYERS – 3 rec, 23 yards
DUSTIN PARRISH – 2 rec, 18 yards
DEFENSE: JAKE CRAIG – 7 tackles
BRODY JOHNSON – 6 tackles
PIERSON COLEMAN – 4 tackles
JAKE OLIVER – 3 tackles
COLE SMITH – 3 tackles
Hixson got the ball first and promptly drove 64 yards down the field to score on a 1 yard QB sneak by LaDaquis Word. The rest of the quarter was quiet, as both defenses forced punts.
The 2nd quarter opened with the Wildcats facing a 4th and 2 from their own 37 yard line. Electing to go for it, Freshman QB Will McDonald came up a yard short on his QB sneak. Aided by great field position, it only took Hixson one play to score. The 38 yard TD scamper by Hixson Full Back Myles Ratliff put Hixson up 14-0. The first play of Livingston’s next drive did not go as planned. QB Will McDonald overthrew his intended target and was picked off by Hixson’s Austin Slifko. With great field position yet again, it only took Hixson three plays to score. The 1 yard TD run by Myles Ratliff gave Hixson a 21-0 lead. The Wildcats responded with a long touchdown drive, capped off by a 36 yard TD strike to freshman WR Wesley Smith. This trimmed the Wildcats’ deficit to 21-7. However, before the half ended, Hixson scored again on a 9 yard TD run by QB LaDaquis Word set up by a kickoff return to the Wildcats’ 9 by Jumane Johnson. This made the halftime score 28-7.
The third quarter was a defensive battle, with no scoring.
The 4th quarter started with a bang after Pierson Coleman stripped Hixson receiver Tre Warthon after a long catch. Will Sims recovered, giving Livingston life. They then drove down the field scoring on a Mitchell Ayers 4 yard run, trimming the deficit even further. After the TD, Lucas Walker attempted an onside kick that was recovered by Freshman Dustin Parrish. This drive was capped off by a Mitchell Ayers 10 yard TD run. After giving the ball back to Hixson, Livingston got the ball back after Hixson fumbled and Mitchell Ayers recovered. After driving down the field, the Wildcats scored again on a Mitchell Ayers 3 yard TD run. Electing to go for two and the lead, Coach Bruce Lamb put the ball in his workhorse running back’s hands. However, Ayers was stopped short, leaving Livingston down 1 at 27-28 with 42 seconds to go. Attempting his second onside kick of the night, Lucas Walker knocked the ball to the 45 where Brody Johnson wrestled it away from a Hixson defender, giving Livingston life. Needing only a field goal to take the lead, the Wildcats’ valiant rally fell short when McDonald’s pass to Brody Johnson fell incomplete on fourth down at the 34 yard line. Hixson went on to win 28-27. The Wildcats will finish up the regular season at home next Friday against Sequoyah.