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Area highlights

Monday, September 10, 2001

CORNING, Ark. -- Last season, the East Prairie Eagles snapped an 11-game losing streak with a win over Corning.

This time, it was Corning snapping a 13-game losing streak, defeating East Prairie 18-13 on Friday night.

East Prairie (0-2) trailed 6-0 at the half when Corning's Cory Godwin scored with 14 seconds left in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Aaron Gifford grabbed a 19-yard pass from Matt Boyer to put East Prairie's first tallies on the board to tie the game at 6-6.

Corning took the lead at 12-6 in the fourth quarter but the Eagles struck back, scoring on a Josh Boyer 40-yard run. Gifford's kick gave E.P. a short-lived 13-12 lead with 5:59 left.

Corning scored with 2:04 left in the game on an Andy Jett 1-yard plunge to record the win.

Josh Boyer led the Eagles with 102 yards on 10 carries.

"The guys were down after the game, but I know we will bounce back," said East Prairie head coach John Garner. "We had some good performances tonight, and we just have to put this loss behind us."

East Prairie will travel to Scott City next Friday.

CHAFFEE - The Class 3A Fredericktown Blackcats built a comfortable 36-0 lead on 1A Chaffee, but the Red Devils made things interesting in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 unanswered points.

Even in defeat, Chaffee head coach Alan Horrell was proud of his team's effort against the much bigger school.

"Nobody picked us to win and we had to get over that," said Horrell. "We just wanted out kids to believe and it took us until the second half to realize that we could play with these guys. That's a very positive note for us. We kicked a 42-yard field goal to start the scoring and the kids just exploded with emotion after that. Things just started going our way and it started snowballing for us. It was a very positive way to end the ballgame."

Justin Gadberry scored on a 42-yard fumble return and Jeremy Daunemueller hit paydirt on a five-yard run.

The Red Devils' final score came on a 29-yard TD pass from B.J. Spitzer to James Reischman.

Brandon Davis provided the field goal and two extra points.

Jeremy Hahn led Chaffee in rushing with 147 yards on 25 carries.

Chaffee (0-2) will host Piggott, Ark., next Friday.

JACKSON - The highly-touted Jackson Indians pushed their early season record to 2-0 with a blowout of visiting Sumner. The Indians dominated the game in ever facet, piling up 280 yards rushing and forcing the Bulldogs to finish with negative 37 total offense.

Sumner failed to register a first down and crossed midfield only once, reaching the Indian 44.

Head Coach Carl Gross said, "We blocked at the line of scrimmage, our backs ran hard and our defense swarmed. Any time you put a goose egg on the board, you've got to be pleased."

Jackson jumped to a 28-0 lead at halftime and never looked back.

Jackson's stellar running back, Mario Whitney, put on a impressive display with plenty of help from his dominating line. Whitney finished with 143 yards on just eight carries. "Mario is unbelievable, but he'll be the first to tell you it was fun to be a running back tonight because I can't say enough about our offensive line," said Gross.

Jackson added three more scores in the second half by Brad Berry, Whitney and Gabe Koehler. The Indians also tacked on a safety to finalize the game at 42-0.

HAYTI - Hayti ended years of frustrating lopsided losses to Malden by getting one of their own, 46-8.

The Indians (2-0) completely dominated the game, holding the Green Wave to zero yards of total offense.

Hayti's Matt Morgan threw for a school record 252 yards, completing 12-of-23 attempts with one interception.

Morgan threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Mack and a 29-yard TD pass to Llewellyn Borders. Morgan also ran for a nine-yard score.

Jason Covington, Demarcus Stewart and Torrey Nelson also scored on touchdown runs. Charles Gaines had a 16-yard interception return for a score.

Malden's (1-1) only score came in the fourth quarter when Aaron Luke returned a kickoff 76 yards.

Hayti will play at Crystal City while Malden will play at John Burroughs.

CARUTHERSVILLE - The Caruthersville Tigers kept pace with the Kennett Indians for most of the first half but couldn't contain the speedy Tyree Goolsby.

The Kennett junior torched the Tigers for a 46-yard touchdown run and an 85-yard run in the second quarter to help the Indians pull away.

Caruthersville cut the Indian lead to 20-12 on a Jimmy Jackson touchdown run with 2:38 left in the first half, but on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive, Goolsby broke free for an 85-yard TD run.

Then, with 21 seconds left in the half, Kennett scored again with Travis Turner snaring a 41-yard reception to make it 34-12.

The Indians wouldn't look back as they held the Tigers scoreless until there were 54 seconds left in the game. Caruthersville's Carlton Langford scored two touchdowns.