Har­mon, Hawks build lead, out­last At­lanta

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Brian Tyl

AT­LANTA, Texas—It’s hard to come back from 21 unan­swered points.

Ben Har­mon ac­count for five touch­downs—three via the air and two rush­ing—to lead Pleas­ant Grove to a 49-35 win over At­lanta on Fri­day at Rab­bit

Sta­dium.

The Hawks (3-0) scored 21 unan­swered points in the sec­ond quar­ter to take a 35-14 lead into half­time.

“I thought that we made some big plays in our pass­ing and run­ning games,” Pleas­ant Grove head coach Josh Gibson said. “We were re­ally bal­anced; that is a credit to our run­ning backs, line­men, quar­ter­back and re­ceivers.”

Brett Walker hauled in two touch­down passes, from 31 and 68 yards, from Har­mon.

Bruce Gar­rett to­taled 165 yards on 16 car­ries and a touch­down, while se­nior run­ning back James Wig­gins amassed 153 yards on 19 totes and a score.

Pleas­ant Grove capped a 75-yard drive in 4:43 when Har­mon found Walker for a 31-yard touch­down pass in the first quar­ter.

Jawan King, who fin­ished with 152 yards on 18 car­ries for At­lanta, found the end zone from eight yards out to knot the game at 7-all early in the first.

Har­mon had a 5-yard TD run to put the Hawks up, 14-7. The score capped a seven-play, 66-yard drive in 2:22.

Pleas­ant Grove outscored the Rab­bits, 21-7, in the sec­ond quar­ter to take a 21-point lead into the locker room.

At­lanta’s Andrew Sam­ples threw a 53-yard pass to Far­ron Hall to knot the game at 14-all.

Walker hauled in his sec­ond touch­down re­cep­tion from Har­mon on a 68-yarder to give Pleas­ant Grove a 21-14 lead.

Kam­ren Woods in­ter­cepted a Sam­ples’ pass and re­turn it 23 yards as the Hawks set up on At­lanta’s 37-yard­line.

Bruce Gar­rett picked up 23 yards on a hard-nosed run to give PG a first-and-goal from the eight yard­line. Af­ter Wig­gins ran for seven yards, Har­mon punched the ball in from a yard out to give the Hawks a 28-14 ad­van­tage.

Pleas­ant Grove de­fen­sive end Marcus Bur­ris poked away a Rab­bit toss on the quar­ter­back run op­tion on a fourth-and-2, and PG took over on downs.

Wig­gins scored a 2-yard touch­down run to make it 35-14. The run capped a 10-play, 64-yard drive in 1:52.

Caleb Hamil­ton, who to­taled 88 yards on six car­ries, scored from 20 yards away for the Rabbs to make it 35-21.

Wig­gins ran the ball five times for 34 yards dur­ing the next drive to help set up a Ser­gio Ro­driguez 28-yard touch­down re­cep­tion from Har­mon to pad the Hawks lead, 42-21. The score came af­ter a 71-yard, nine play drive in 4:07.

Hamil­ton had a 5-yard touch­down run for At­lanta in the third quar­ter to cap an eight-play, 68-yard drive in 2:49.

But Gar­rett broke free and scored a 40-yard TD to make it 49-28 in fa­vor of PG headed into the fourth quar­ter.

Rab­bit quar­ter­back Andrew Sam­ples had the only score of the fourth quar­ter when he found pay­dirt from five yards out with 2:25 left in the game.

The Hawks (3-0) host Glade­wa­ter (3-0) on Fri­day at 7:30 p.m.

PG 14 21 14 0 — 49

At­lanta 7 7 14 7 — 35

First Quar­ter

PG-Brett Walker 31 pass from Ben Har­mon (Dil­lon Wil­liams kick), 6:58 ATL-Jawan King 8 run (Fer­nando Cam­pos kick), 4:47

PG-Har­mon 5 run (Wil­liams kick), 2:18 Sec­ond Quar­ter

ATL-Far­ron Hall 53 pass from Andrew Sam­ples (Cam­pos kick), 10:24

PG-Walker 68 pass from Har­mon (Wil­liams kick), 9:32

PG-Har­mon 1 run (Wil­liams good), 6:47 PG-James Wig­gins 2 run (Wil­liams kick), 0:23 Third Quar­ter

ATL-Caleb Hamil­ton 20 run (Cam­pos kick), 9:12 PG-Ser­gio Ro­driguez 28 pass from Har­mon (Wil­liams kick), 4:50 ATL-Hamil­ton 5 run (Cam­pos kick), 2:01 PG-Bruce Gar­rett 40 run (Wil­liams kick), 0:34 Fourth Quar­ter

ATL-Andrew Sam­ples 5 run (Cam­pos kick), 2:25

PG AT­LANTA First Downs 25 19 Yards Rush­ing 47-389 42-335 Yards Pass­ing 156 111 Passes A-C-I 14-5-0 11-6-2 Fum­bles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penal­ties 6-70 2-25 Punts-Avg. 0-0.0 0-0.0 IN­DI­VID­UAL STATIS­TICS

RUSH­ING—Pleas­ant Grove, Bruce Gar­rett 16-165, James Wig­gins 19-153, Nick Martin 6-38, Ben Har­mon 4-32, Jack­son Cobb 2-1. At­lanta, Caleb Hamil­ton 6-88, Dra Nel­son 5-60, Andrew Sam­ples 11-48, King 18-152, team 2-(mi­nus 13).

PASS­ING—Pleas­ant Grove, Har­mon 5-14-0156. At­lanta, Sam­ples 6-10-2-111, Kade Wood 1-0-0-0.

RE­CEIV­ING—Pleas­ant Grove, Bladen Reaves 1-18, Jack­son Cobb 1-11, Brett Walker 2-99, Ser­gio Ro­driguez 1-28. At­lanta, Far­ron Hall 1-53, Hamil­ton 3-37, Wood 2-21.

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