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Hazlewood beats rival to remain undefeated
D.J. Jones runs for 148 yards, 3 TDs

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

TOWN CREEK — It was a strange night at Hazlewood High as around the third quarter, a full moon peeked out from the clouds giving a eery feeling to the game.

Both teams combined for 14 total fumbles — eight of which were lost — and through three quarters, the Golden Bears couldn't really pull away from the R.A. Hubbard Chiefs.

The one constant? Hazlewood running back D.J. Jones.

Jones ran for 148 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Golden Bears to a 26-12 victory over their rival.

While the victory was nice for No. 4 Hazlewood (9-0), all coach Aaron Goode could see afterward was a team that almost fumbled its way to a loss.

"Those turnovers say that my team is going to have to pick it up," Goode said. "We can't do that in the playoffs."

R.A. Hubbard's first touchdown was set up off a fumble. In the second quarter, the Golden Bears lost control of the ball on the first play after a Chiefs punt.

R.A. Hubbard (3-6) got control on the Hazlewood 12-yard line and three plays later, running back Tecumseh Garth bulled his way into the end zone from the 4-yard line to cut the Golden Bears' lead to 7-6.

It was a struggle on offense for R.A. Hubbard in the opening half — the Chiefs gained 64 yards, all on the ground.

At the beginning of the third quarter, it appeared that
Hazlewood would take over the game.

Dave McCoy returned the second-half kickoff to the R.A. Hubbard 35-yard line.

Jones took the ball on three straight rushing plays and ran into the right part of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown to put the score at 13-6.

Then came the fumbles for both teams.

First, R.A. Hubbard lost the ball on its next drive, then Hazlewood fumbled while driving to the Chiefs' 26-yard line.

The Hazlewood defense forced R.A. Hubbard to punt, but the Golden Bears then fumbled on the first play of their next drive.

That set up the Chiefs on the Hazlewood 20-yard line.

Six plays later, R.A. Hubbard quarterback LeBrandon Key found Dontay Robinson in the end zone on a pass that looked more like a basketball jump shot.

That put the score at 13-12 after R.A. Hubbard failed on the 2-point conversion.

Then Jones took over.

On the first play of the Golden Bears' next drive from their own 24-yard line, Jones ran left, followed his blockers and broke away for a 60-yard run.

He capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-two with 8:40 remaining, putting the score at 20-12.

On their next possession, the Chiefs marched down to the
Hazlewood 18-yard line, but a fumble doomed R.A. Hubbard and gave the ball back to Hazlewood, which scored again to put the game away.

Said R.A. Hubbard coach Lymos McDonald: "We can't make any excuses."

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