The Ohatchee Indians used a powerful running game to roll up 465 yards rushing and pounded out a 49- 28 victory over visiting Locust Fork in the first round of the playoffs last Friday.
The Indians scored a pair of touchdowns in each of the first three quarters to build a 42-14 lead heading to the final period.
The Hornets fell behind 7-0 early but appeared to be ready to answer. However, Ohatchee’s Taylor Eubanks stripped the ball from a Hornet and raced 80 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Locust Fork was able to get on the board with a 1-yard run by Drew Rogers to cut the lead to 14-7 after one quarter.
The Hornets were able to move the ball but the Indians took advantage of a pair of Locust Fork mistakes to build a 28-7 lead.
Austin Tucker returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and then scored on a 6-yard run after a Locust Fork fumble.
Rogers cut the Indian lead to 28-14 at the half on a 4-yard run with just 25 seconds to play in the second quarter.
Ohatchee regained control in the third quarter as Eubanks scored on runs of 14 and 29 yards.
The Hornets showed plenty of heart and tacked on a pair of scores late on a 1-yard run by Rogers and a 12-yard run by Jarrett Peeples.
Ohatchee got 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns from Tucker.
Rogers led the Hornets with 77 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Chase Rice had 72 yards on 10 rushes and Peeples added 26 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
Tyler Clevenger completed 10 of 13 passing for 124 yards.
Cole Wingard and Hunter Neely led the Hornet defense with eight tackles each. Rogers had a fine game on defense with seven tackles, one for loss, and an interception. Austin Glasscox forced and recovered a fumble.
Locust Fork ends the year at 7-4 while Ohatchee (10-1) will travel to Lauderdale County (7-4) this week in the second round.