LOACHAPOKA—The night started out promising for Loachapoka against undefeated Winterboro.
But it ended with a 32-12 loss for the Indians (1-5, 1-3).
Loachapoka recovered a fumbled kickoff return to start the game and took an early 6-0 lead, but the Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0) wore down the undersized Indians to win going away.
The Indians did keep the crowd, searching for jackets, in the stands as they only trailed the Bulldogs 14-6 at the half.
Starting off the second half, the Indians received the kick, before going four-and-out. The Bulldogs answered on their ensuing possession when Joshua Taylor, who led all rushers with 219 yards on 19 carries and three scores, bolted into the end zone to extend the Bulldogs lead to 20-6.
After another four-and-out by the Indians, Taylor found the end zone again on a 9-yard rush, to put the Bulldogs up, 26-6.
The Indians just couldn't get anything going offensively until the end of the third quarter.
Taylor, who looked to have escaped the Indians defense again, fumbled into Loachapoka's end zone, which turned into a touchback for the Indians.
With ball on his own 20-yard line, ‘Poka quarterback Jywan Moss went down with a cramp. Head coach Jerome Tate had to call on sophomore Wakeem Huguley to guide his offense.
Huguley was able to hook up with Quayshon Williams for 35 yards.
After a few rushes, the Indians were faced with a fourth-and-8. Huguley lofted a pass to the back pylon, to be intercepted by Joshua Taylor, who returned it 55 yards to the Indians 45. But a late hit on Huguley gave the Indians a first-and-10 at the Winterboro 10-yard line.
Huguley would then capitalize with a touchdown run to pull the Indians within 14 points, 26-12.
It was shortly after that, when Taylor turned the corner and take it 70 yards for the game’s final score, and put Winterboro on top for good 32-12.
Winterboro travels to Wadley for another region game next Friday, while Loachapoka travels to Fayetteville for their region match-up.