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Second-half rally lifts HoCo past Statesboro

Once again Houston County had its back against the wall. Once again it responded. This time it was against Statesboro, Friday in Perry’s Herb St John Stadium. Trailing 20-7 at the half, the Bears outscored the Blue Devils 17-0 in the final two quarters – they also made several defensive stands including the final one of the game – to win 24-20.

After a couple of punts by both to start the game and a scoreless first quarter, Statesboro got on board with Kamron Mikell’s 20-yard run. Houston Count responded with a drive and an 18-yard touchdown run by Simeon Askew. That made it 7-all with the points after.

Mikell raced 53 yards in answer to make it 14-7. Just before the half ended – turnovers, interceptions and punts pretty much describing the time in between – Mikell found Timothy Taylor with a three-yard pass to make it the 20-7.

Each punted a trio of times in the third before Houston County put together another drive and scored on Askew’s 14-yard run. Two more long drives put the Bears ahead for good. The first ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Antwann Hill to Laurence Hill. The second finished with an 18-yard field goal by Manny Hernandez.

That came just inside the two-minute mark. Statesboro picked up one first down but couldn’t earn another as time ran out.

With the win, Houston County evened its record at 2-2. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 1-2.

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