By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
HATLEY – Jordan Ivy and Everett Brooks deserved a good night’s sleep.
The Okolona quarterback and running back each ran a long way Friday in a 48-14 Division 1-2A-opening win at Hatley.
Ivy’s biggest damage came after Hatley (4-3, 0-1) got within 21-14 in the third.
On a fake punt against only 10 Hatley defenders, Ivy ran 66 yards down the home sideline to give the Chieftains (3-4, 1-0) a two-scored lead, 28-14.
“We had to have something. The momentum had kind of gotten away from us we thought and we thought Hatley was fighting their way back in it,” Okolona coach Calvin Aldridge said. “We had to do something.”
Ethan Langford recovered an onside kick attempt for Hatley but one play later, Okolona’s Kasey Gathings all but took Hatley quarterback Caleb Walters’ snap at the Tiger 33.
Ivy responded with a 33-yard run down his team’s sideline. Antwon Ivy’s point after made it 35-14.
Ivy’s 195 yards and three scores on 10 carries contributed to Okolona’s 536 total yards. Brooks ran it 16 times for 206 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s awfully fast and can throw a football,” Aldridge said. “We haven’t thrown the ball much but we’re going to have to if we’re going to be successful.”
Ivy was 5 of 8 for 67 yards and a pick.
Okolona scored its final two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Brooks’ 50-yard run down the visiting sideline, then down the same side on a 67-yarder with 3:26 to play.
Brooks broke a 7-all tie to open the second quarter with a 1-yard run. Jared Thompson had tied it for Hatley on a 39-yard run.
Thompson scored two touchdowns on 17 carries for 150 yards.
Brooks scored after Hatley was flagged for 12 men on the field on a fourth-and-7. Taking the punt team off the field at their own 30, Dequin Babbitt picked up the first in the middle of the 13-play scoring drive.
“We made so many mistakes, I don’t know where the turning point was,” said Hatley coach Sam Wilson. “We made mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake. I don’t know if there was a turning point.”
Jordan Ivy struck first on Okolona’s first play, breaking loose on an 87-yard touchdown.
The Chieftains went ahead 21-7 by halftime on Babbitt’s 1-yard run and Jordan Ivy’s two-point pass to Arirus Jenkins.
Thompson got his team within a touchdown, dragging two tacklers into the end zone on a 36-yard run midway through the third. Jordan Metcalf’s interception set up the 57-yard drive.