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Wildcats waltz to victory over Hawks

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
Oct. 30, 2004
Hancock High School's football team gained 23 yards and two first downs on its opening six plays against Meridian High School on Friday.
And that was about all the visiting Hawks got the rest of the night.
The No. 3 Wildcats (8-0-1, 6-0 District 3-5A) held the Hawks (1-9, 1-5) to 13 offensive yards, as Meridian High waltzed to a 41-0 victory at Ray Stadium.
The Wildcats mainly attacked through the air against the mismatched Hawks, as they gained 201 yards passing in the victory. Meridian High finished with 383 offensive yards.
The Wildcats tallied 11 first downs to the Hawks six, and at halftime, Meridian High had outgained Hancock 224 yards to -10. This was the first shutout of the season for the Wildcats.
Meridian High's offense scored on two of its first three plays, with the Wildcats' defense sandwiching a touchdown between the offensive scores.
Wildcats quarterback Justin Baylor opened the scoring by running for a 28-yard touchdown. The junior signal caller faked the handoff to running back Cordera Eason, and he ran untouched down the left sideline for the touchdown with 5:55 to play in the first quarter.
Wildcats cornerback Jamie Hill scored the second touchdown of the night, scooping up a fumble by Hancock on its first play after the Wildcats' opening score.
Hill raced into the end zone from 17 yards out with the ball defensive lineman Rolando Hardaway knocked loose.
Meridian High pushed its lead to 21-0 with 2:50 to play in the first quarter, as Baylor connected with Thomas McCoy on a 39-yard scoring strike.
Baylor polished off the first half scoring with a seven-yard touchdown run with 8:55 to play in the second quarter for a 24-0 lead.
Meridian High's running backs got into the act at the start of the second half, as Eason ran 80 yards for an apparent touchdown on the first play of the third quarter.
Eason's scoring run was called back because of a holding penalty, but the Wildcats scored three plays after the flag, as Derrick Davis, who carried the ball four times for 85 yards, scored on a 69-yard run.
Davis' long touchdown gave the Wildcats a 34-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. The point-after kick failed.
Meridian High added one more touchdown early in the fourth quarter, as reserve running back Nate Cole capped a nine-play, 46-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown.
The Wildcats' receivers finished the game with six catches for more than 20 yards, with McCoy leading the way with four catches for 99 yards.
Jonathan Byrd caught three passes for 63 yards, and A.J. Brown had one catch for 23 yards.
Meridian High will try to complete district play with a perfect record when the Wildcats host co-District 3-5A leader Northwest Rankin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Northwest Rankin defeated Picayune 21-12 and also enters the game with a perfect mark in league play.

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