PREP FOOTBALL: Good Hope pulls away from Hanceville 34-13

Good Hope’s Jesse Blackmon (10) brings down Hanceville’s Zach Campell (3) during the Raiders’ 34-13 win at Hanceville Friday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Good Hope made the short trip over to Ray Talley stadium for a region showdown with the Hanceville Bulldogs and left with a 34-13 victory to improve to 5-0. The Bulldogs possessed and moved the ball for most of the first half but adjustments from the Raiders allowed them to pull away and secure the win in the second half.

Good Hope scored on its first possession of the night when quarterback Tanner Malin ran one in from eight yards out to make it a 7-0 game early. The scoring play was set up by another big run from Malin that came on a fake punt earlier in the drive. Hanceville was in control of the ball for most of the second quarter, but the Raiders were able to get off the field with back to back sacks to force a turnover on downs. Good Hope then extended its lead on another Malin scoring run, this time from seven yards out, to go on top 13-0 with just under a minute remaining in the quarter.

However, the first half scoring was far from over. The Bulldogs were able to work their way down the field by getting out of bounds and spiking the ball to control the clock and with just six seconds to play in the second quarter, quarterback Bo Joles punched one in from six yards out to get Hanceville on the board before the break. The momentum wouldn’t last as on the ensuing kickoff, Good Hope’s Ethan Anderson fielded the ball at the 16-yard line and ran it back 84 yards to stretch the Raiders’ lead to 21-6 as the first half expired.

Good Hope received the kick to open the third quarter and quickly made its way down the field by tearing off chunks of yardage on the ground. The scoring drive was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by Colton Bagwell that made it a 27-6 game with nine minutes to play in the third quarter. Hanceville turned the ball over on downs on its next possession and the Raiders took advantage by putting more points on the board. Bagwell got his second touchdown of the night to cap off the next Good Hope drive and the extra point made it 34-6 with just over three minutes to play in the third.

The Bulldogs’ next possession was cut short when a Joles pass was picked off by Michael Owens deep down the middle of the field and the Raiders began taking the air out of the ball after that. Malin converted another fake punt to maintain possession when he connected with Lawton Farr down the sideline, but Good Hope was forced to turn the ball over on downs just a few plays later.

Hanceville got on the board one more time late in the fourth quarter when Campbell hit Trevor Shadden in stride for 61 yards to get the Bulldogs into the red zone. A few plays later, Campbell connected with Shadden again for a 19-yard touchdown pass that trimmed the deficit to 34-13 with just under four minutes to play in the game. Hanceville wasn’t able to chip away any more than that and the Raiders were able to pull away with a 34-13 region win.

Bagwell led Good Hope on the ground with 105 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Malin who added 33 yards on the ground and two scores of his own. Shadden had a big night for the Bulldogs, hauling in five catches for 137 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

The Raiders improve to 5-0 with the win and will stay atop the region standings with a road trip to Addison coming up next week while Hanceville drops to 1-3 on the year with Locust Fork coming to town next week.

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