ABERDEEN – Aberdeen started and finished on Okolona’s side of the field all night in a 61-6 win against the Chieftains on Friday night at Lester Miley Stadium.
On Channing Ward’s birthday, teammate Victor Hodges gave Ward and the Aberdeen defense three first-half touchdowns all from 9 yards out, Desmond Jones threw two touchdowns to Aaron McMillian and Brandon Smith ran a fumble back 35 yards.
All in the first half.
Top-ranked Class 3A school Aberdeen finished with 335 yards in its fourth-straight win. Hodges scored four times and had 96 yards on 12 carries. Jones was 7 of 10 for 134 yards.
The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 225-32 thus far.
“It was everything we prepared for this week,” Hodges said. “We’re not there yet. That’s why we’ve got to continue to work hard and keep our heads on straight.”
Hodges scored on a one-play drive on Aberdeen’s first possession after a 40 yard Jonnie Wilson punt return. He scored again with 51 seconds left in the first after Ward caused and recovered a fumble from quarterback Jordan Ivy at the Okolona 16. Five plays later, Hodges ran it in and Antonio Crayton kicked the first of five extra points.
“They’re a tough team. They’re good,” said Okolona (2-2) back Martavis Ford. “They were the best team today.”
After a three-and-out, the Bulldogs (4-1) scored on a 68-yard drive capped by Hodges’ third score. Jones hit Jalen Devauld on a 43 yard pass to the 9.
On the next possession, McMillian caught a 16 yard touchdown a play after a punt sailed over the head of Arirus Jenkins. After Smith’s fumble return and Okolona’s lone score on Antwon Grady’s 11 yard catch from Ivy, McMillian caught a 26 yard touchdown for a 41-6 halftime lead.
“I think we threw the ball well tonight,” Aberdeen coach Chris Duncan said. “Des is coming around. We threw the ball just as well as we ran it tonight. If we can be balanced like that, it’s going to help us out.”
With the clock running, Aberdeen tacked on three more in the second half. Hodges scored on a 20 yard run with 7:50 to play in the third. Freshman Chico Harrison scored from 30 yards out with 4 seconds to play in the third and sophomore Tevin Jones scored on a 30 yard run with 3:48 to play.
“Defensively we had another good night,” Duncan said. “I think we gave up one long pass all night long and pretty much shut them down. I was pleased. If you can control the line of scrimmage, you’re always going to have a chance to win. That’s what we’ve been doing. It makes it a whole lot easier.”
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