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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Hayti runs past East Prairie

Sunday, September 5, 2004

Hayti's Antonio Robinso is tackled by an East Prairie defender.
HAYTI -- The Hayti Indians opened their season Friday night with an impressive win over the East Prairie Eagles 34-12.

On the opening kickoff, the Eagles were hit with a long run back by Hayti's DeCarlos Wilkins and found themselves trailing with only 14 seconds gone in the period.

With some tenacious defense, East Prairie was able to stop the Indians for the remainder of the quarter. On their second possession, the Eagles put together an impressive drive, but it ended at the 2:17 mark when Hayti intercepted in the end zone to end the threat.

At the 9:23 mark of the second period, East Prairie dented the scoreboard when quarterback Dez Johnson scurried in on a keeper from the 13 and pulled the Eagles to within one at 7-6.

On the following kickoff, the Eagles successfully executed an onside kick and set up shop on the Indian 31-yard line, but were stopped by a Ricky Jackson interception at the 2:17 mark.

Hayti went up 14-6 at the 5:32 mark when Antonio Robinson, who rushed for 110 yards on 12 carries, ran in from the 10.

Dominique Robinson scored the final touchdown with 2:37 left before half with a 2-yard plunge. Hayti led 20-6 at the half.

Eagles' coach Jason Aycock was happy with his team's effort.

"One of our goals was to play with a lot of heart and a good attitude and good things will happen. Some good things did happen for us tonight and we're just going to build on the positives and correct the negatives and move on from there," said Aycock.

Wilkins collected his second interception of the night for Hayti to quell another Eagle threat. The Indians tacked on another score at the 5:09 point of the third quarter, when Joel McCrary caught a Dylan Gurley pass from 16 yards out and led a tiring Eagle squad 27-6 after three.

East Prairie's first possession of the fourth produced a Ben Walters' touchdown on a Dez Johnson pass that covered seven yards.

Hayti got the final points of the contest with 6:01 left on a 1-yard run by Antonio Robinson.

"I thought the effort was good, obviously we got a little conditioning to do, but for the most part I was pleased with their effort. We had first game mistakes, jumping off sides, special team problems so hopefully we'll get those ironed out," commented Hayti head coach Kirk Welch. "We had a lot of places to fill, but our numbers are good and we just got to get them ready to go."

Both Hayti and East Prairie will have home games next week as Hayti hosts Malden and the Eagles will entertain Mountain View.