Hunter generates second-straight triumph for Titans
CRAWFORD – Chris Hunter came within two touchdowns of rewriting the East Oktibbeha record book Friday night, leading the Titans to their second consecutive convincing victory.
Hunter ran for five touchdowns to lead East Oktibbeha to a 60-13 homecoming romp of Edinburg in a Class A, Region 3 game.
He came up a touchdown shy of equalling the school record of six rushing touchdowns by Sam Irons against Thrasher in 2003.
"I just had to step up for my teammates and score touchdowns and lead my team to a victory," Hunter said. "I just had to explode through the holes and get loose."
It was the second game in a row for East Oktibbeha (2-6, 2-4 region) to put 60 points on the scoreboard after blanking Thomastown 64-0 the previous week.
Hunter, who rushed for 219 yards on nine carries for an average of 24.3 yards per carry, scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter and 10-yard and 14-yard runs in the second to help the Titans to a 38-7 halftime lead.
He followed the first half performance by breaking loose for 60-yard and 79-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter as the Titans surged ahead 54-13.
"My linemen did a good job of blocking and Monte Horsley opened holes at fullback," Hunter said.
Hunter also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Halbert to open the scoring and threw a two-point conversion pass to Halbert in the first quarter.
"His performance was not surprising to me because he's come on as a good player," East Oktibbeha coach Randy Brooks said. "I told him the other day if the kid at Maben (West Oktibbeha's Von Smith) wasn't having such a phenomenal season he'd be having a great season right now. Von is having a great season over there at West Oktibbeha and Chris is quietly having a steady season over here."
East Oktibbeha compiled 380 yards on the ground on 31 attempts. Hunter was followed by Marlon Fair with 81 yards on seven attempts.
Fair scored the Titans' final touchdown on a 35-yard run and he also scored three two-point conversions on runs.
East Oktibbeha withstood being penalized 15 times for 140 yards, including being flagged 11 times for 110 yards in the second half.
Defensively, the Titans held the Eagles to 41 yards rushing on 43 attempts, including 5 yards on 28 tries in the first half when Edinburg lost 74 yards on four bad snaps.
Edinburg lost three of five fumbles, including three on bad snaps on punts.
The Eagles lined up to punt at their own 41 in the first quarter when the snap sailed past punter Jarod King and East Oktibbeha's swooped up the ball at the 11 and returned it for a touchdown to make it 14-0.
East Oktibbeha will go for its third win in a row Friday when it travels to Weir.