HOKES BLUFF — Class 4A, No. 2 Hokes Bluff covered an Oneonta fumble on the opening kickoff and never let off the gas on the way to a 49-7 win over Oneonta in Region 6 high school football Friday.

That special teams play led to a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ashton Gulledge, putting Hokes Bluff (3-0, 2-0) up 7-0.

The Eagles' offense was running on all cylinders as Hokes Bluff didn't punt until the opening drive of the second half.

Running back Darrian Meads found the end zone three times in the first half, once from 5 yards out, once from 22 yards out and once from 85 yards out.

Gulledge had a 21-yard touchdown run called back for holding, but that didn't stop the Eagles — Gulledge found Carson Eubanks on the next play for a touchdown anyway.

Oneonta (2-1, 1-1) threatened to score several times, once making it to the Hokes Bluff 3-yard-line before turning the ball over on downs.

Hokes Bluff led 35-0 at halftime, and following a 40-yard touchdown run for Meads at the 7:15 mark of the third quarter, several of the offensive stars for the Eagles were done for the night.

Freshman Tucker Griffin had a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 49-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Oneonta broke the shutout on a 32-yard run on fourth down by Collin Moon with 1:08 to play in the game.

 

Star of the Night

Though Meads cracked the 200-yard mark rushing, which always is an accomplishment, Eubanks got it done on both sides of the ball. Eubanks covered the Oneonta fumble on the opening play of the game, came up with an interception in the third quarter, had three solo tackles and had two receptions for 31 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown catch.

 

Play of the Game

Up 14-0 in the first quarter, it looked like Hokes Bluff still might have a fight on its hands as Oneonta drove to the Eagle 15-yard line. The defense came up with a fourth-down stop, and on the first play of the ensuing drive, Darrian Meads broke several tackles on the way to an 85-yard touchdown run that put the momentum firmly back on Hokes Bluff's side.

 

Coachspeak

"We did a lot of good things early, which is important. It looked like they had a tough time with our physicality. I think we've gotten a little better, but we've got a ways to go." — Hokes Bluff coach Mike Robertson

 

They Said It

"I thought it was going to be a battle, but we battled hard and got the W, and that's what matters. I've got to thank my line — they had pressure everywhere and created holes. They're a good bunch of linemen." — Meads

 

By the Numbers

204 — number of rushing yards for Meads ... 12.8 — yards per carry for Meads ... 11.4 — yards per carry for Gulledge, who had 91 yards on eight carries ... 379 — total yards for Hokes Bluff ...  9 — combined margin of victory for Hokes Bluff over Oneonta in 2016 and 2017 ... 42 — margin of victory Friday night

 

Up Next

Hokes Bluff travels to Anniston and Oneonta hosts Ashville next week; both are region games.