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October 18, 2012

Hulbert rallies past Quapaw in second half

QUAPAW, Okla. — Hulbert rallied from a 12-7 halftime deficit and defeated Quapaw 28-12 in a Class 2A-District 8 contest Thursday night at Shipman Field.

Hulbert took the lead on its first possession of the third quarter when the Riders recovered an onside kick and scored five plays later on quarterback Chris Vance’s four-yard run.

Vance, a senior, rushed for 117 yards on 22 carries. The Riders finished with 293 yards on 43 carries.

“Our quarterback (Vance) got hurt in game two and was hobbling around,” said Hulbert head coach Mitchell Crittenden. “You saw him come out a few times. I’ve had kids who were more talented, but I’ve never had a kid more competitive.”

Quapaw (2-6 overall, 1-4 district) scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 45-yard pass from quarterback Seth Brumley to sophomore receiver Beau Kibel just 28 seconds into the game.

The Wildcats took aB 12-0 lead on their second possession with a 13-play, 88-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard scoring pass from Brumley to Tyler Bacon with 4 minutes, 17 seconds left in the first quarter.

“We went out and got a 12-point lead, but there was no emotion,” said Quapaw head coach Brad Homer. “They came out in the second half and played harder than we did. They deserved to win.”

Brumley, a sophomore who was chased by Hulbert’s defense most of the night, completed 15 of 37 passes for 210 yards.

“Offensively, we didn’t protect well,” Homer said.

Bacon, a senior, caught eight passes for 113 yards, recovered a fumble in the first half and had an interception in the second half.

Quapaw consumed most of the second quarter with a 15-play drive that stalled inside the Hulbert 30-yard line.

Hulbert (2-6, 1-4) cut the lead to 12-7 with a 91-yard drive that began with just 2:34 left in the first half. The big play was a 51-yard run by Vance, who scored on a two-yard touchdown run with 15.5 seconds left.

The Riders added a touchdown late in the third quarter on a 19-yard run by Marcus Smith and scored again late in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard tight end reverse by Spenser Frye, who led the Riders with three receptions for 58 yards.

Meanwhile, Hulbert’s defense limited Quapaw to three first downs in the Wildcats’ five second-half possessions.

Hulbert’s victory celebration after the game was brief. Afterward, a small group of players and coaches escorted Smith to near midfield in front of the Hulbert bench, where they huddled in prayer.

“It was his grandmother (who died). It happened during the game. We waited to tell him in the end,” Crittenden said.

“It was unexpected. Things like that make you realize it’s just a game, one way or the other. She was kind of the grandma to all of them.”

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