PREP FOOTBALL: Good Hope handles Haleyville 48-20 on the road

Good Hope’s Jager Burns (4) fights for yardage during the Raiders’ 48-20 win at Haleyville Friday night. (Maddie McKenney/The Cullman Tribune)

HALEYVILLE, Ala. – The Good Hope Raiders made the trip over to Haleyville for a regional matchup Friday night and their high-powered offense led them to an impressive, 48-20 road victory over the Lions.

The Raiders offense took their first possession at their own 38-yard line and pushes it down the field for a touchdown when Malin scored from 5 yards out to put Good Hope in front 6-0 lead late in the first.

The lions got the ball back at their own 22 and ate away the rest of the first quarter with a long drive that ended with a touchdown run early in the second to make it a 7-6 game. However, the Raiders offense responded quickly with a 60-yard drive that took six plays and put them back on top 14-7.

After a botched snap, Good Hope got the ball back on the Lions 14-yard line, setting up Malin for another rushing touchdown and after a missed extra point, the Raiders’ lead grew to 20-7. The lions get the ball back only to be held out from scoring any more before the halftime break.

After an outstanding job by the Raider Band, Good Hope got the ball to start the third quarter and in just two plays, Malin found the end zone yet again on a 57-yard run. Following the extra point, the Raiders’ lead grew to 27-7 early in the third. Haleyville responded nine plays later with a touchdown that cut the lead to 27-14 but Malin found Jager Burns from 30 yards out on the next possession to put Good Hope up 34-14.

Haleyville fumbled the ball back to the dangerous Raiders offense and five plays later, Malin tossed another touchdown to Payden Bagwell from 25 yards out to make it a 42-14 game. Good Hope was able to drive 26 yards down the field later in the game and punch another one in to bring the final score to 48-20 and secure a region win.

After the game, Head Coach Alan Scott added,

“I am pleased with how our players handled their first road game of the year. Haleyville is a good program with great tradition, and I thought we executed the game plan very well,” Scott said. “There are always things we can improve upon and that will be our focus during practice next week. We will enjoy this win for 24 hours and then get ready for a big region game next Friday.

Good Hope improves to 2-2 with the win and will be back home next week to face Hanceville.

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