Hooker drops heartbreaker at home to Fairview PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 October 2011 02:35

By JASON EPP
Leader & Times

Despite outgaining Fairview 502 to 289, two late fumbles in scoring position doomed the Hooker Bulldogs, as they fell to Fairview 35-26.

"We came out we played hard the whole game," said Bulldogs head coach Jacob Kreamer. "The guys fought hard and we had our chances to win."

Twice while trailing 28-26, Hooker was inside the Fairview 20-yard line and came away with no points. Fumbles on both drives, and too many penalties (10 for 70 yards) killed several scoring opportunities.

"We moved the ball up and down the field, but would have a penalty here and there that would kill a drive," said Kreamer. "We moved the ball well. With the wind blowing the way it was neither team was passing much."

Hooker moved the ball well on the ground, rushing for 393 yards and four touchdowns on 58 carries, for a 6.8 yard per rush average. The passing game struggled in the windy conditions, completing only 5 of 20 attempts for 109 yards.

A rushing touchdown midway through the first quarter by Joe Bean gave Hooker the early 6-0 lead, but Fairview scored two in the latter part of the first and lead 14-6 after one. Bean's second TD was followed by a Tyler McBee rushing touchdown that gave the Bulldogs the lead again at 20-14 with 5:18 left in the first half. But Fairview scored on their first of three TD passes in the final minute of the half to take a 21-20 lead to the locker room.

"We had some trouble defending their zone option play," said Kreamer. Their quarterback hit some passes at key times in the game."

Fairview pushed the lead to 28-20 early in the third with their second TD pass, but McBee's second touchdown carry brought the Bulldogs within two just before the fourth quarter began.

Fairview scored a security touchdown with 1:29 left in the game after Hooker's struggles in the red zone kept them from taking the lead in the fourth quarter.

Joe Bean lead the Bulldogs in rushing with 178 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries. Tyler McBee rushed 27 times for 136 yards and two TDs, and Kyle Bingham rushed 9 times for 58 yards. Payson Slater caught two passes for 84 yards and a two-point conversion.

Hooker drops to 2-3 overall and to 1-2 in district, and will take on Beaver (4-2, 2-1) next week in a pivotal district matchup.

 
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