VHS snags win from Hazlehurst|[09/15/07]

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2007

Vicksburg High pitched its second straight shutout with plenty of help from the visiting Hazlehurst Indians Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Jeremy Hamlin scored two touchdowns to spark the Gators’ offense in a 28-0 win. Hazlehurst was held to 100 yards in total offense — five fewer than its penalty yardage.

“We came out here and played hard,” said Hamlin, who led all VHS rushers with 71 yards on 12 carries and scored on runs of 2 and 5 yards. “The defense held and the offense came around. We wanted to be 2-1 heading into district and our wish came true.”

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The Gators were less-than-impressive using short fields all night for touchdowns. Vicksburg’s longest scoring drive was 51 yards and Hazlehurst committed five turnovers in the game.

Vicksburg, which will host Callaway next Friday in the Region 3-4A opener, also got a 1-yard scoring run from quarterback Stanton Price and a 5-yard TD scamper from Les Lemons.

Price finished 12-of-26 passing for 89 yards and was intercepted once. Hazlehurst completed only 7 of 21 pass attempts for 74 yards. The Indians, who came into the game having scored only two points in two games, gained a paltry 39 yards in the first half and that included a 42-yard run that ended up with Cordell Watkins stripping the ball from fullback Leviticus Cain at the VHS 3-yard line.

VHS opened the scoring midway through the first half. A 3-yard Hazlehurst punt that barely got off the ground before striking linemen in the legs, gave the Gators the ball on the Indians’ 9. Three plays later, Price lunged into the end zone for a 6-0 lead.

A Hazlehurst fumble on the first play of its next drive set the Gators up on the 39 yard line. VHS used eight plays to score again, this time on Lemons’ 5-yard run. A trick play on the 2-point conversion gave Vicksburg a 14-0 lead, which it took into halftime.

VHS added two fourth-quarter touchdowns on Hamlin runs. Ryan Ferrington booted both extra points for the deciding margin.

“We have to work more on blocking and penetrating on defense,” Hamlin said. “We should have won this game by more than we did, but we’ll take a win like this one.”