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Queen City falls to Hooks in district opener, 62-27

The Queen City Bulldogs were at home last Friday night to take on the Hooks Hornets. It was the district opener for Queen City as the Bulldogs looked to continue the success they had during Homecoming week with a win over Chisum.  
Hooks hoped to overcome the issues it had in a loss to against Hughes Springs.

First Half
Queen City received the opening kickoff and began its first offensive drive from its own 35-yard line. On the third play, the Bulldogs fumbled a pitch and found themselves in a fourth-and-long situation. Josue Rea punted the ball to the Hooks 33-yard line.
The Hornets wasted little time in putting points on the board.  
On the sixth play of their first drive from the Bulldogs’ 20-yard line, the Hornets’ running back took the handoff and ran up the middle for a touchdown.  
The PAT was successful and Hooks led, 7-0, with 8:23 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Bulldogs continued their offensive struggles on the next drive, fumbling the ball back to Hooks early in the possession.  
However, the fumble would not prove beneficial for the Hornets as the Queen City defense stood tall on the following drive.  
Senior defensive lineman Dylan Savage came up with a quarterback sack on the first play, Austin Lowe tacked the Hornets for a five-yard loss on the next, and the Bulldogs’ defensive line pressured the quarterback into an incomplete pass.  
Later in the quarter, after another Queen City punt, Hooks took over on its own 30-yard line.  Three plays into the drive, the Hornets scored again, this time on a 20-yard sprint to the end zone. Hooks led, 14-0, with two and half minutes left in the first quarter.
Starting the next drive with good field position, Queen City’s offense came to life and started to move the ball. 
Quarterback Dylan Scott led the Bulldogs on an eight play, 60-yard touchdown drive. Scott ran multiple quarterback keeper plays and eventually scored on an 18-yard run.  
The Bulldogs cut the lead to seven with 14 seconds left in the first quarter.
The second quarter began with Hooks scoring it’s third touchdown of the night. The Bulldogs were able to stop the PAT on a blocked kick by Lowe. 
The Hornets led, 20-7, at this point.  
On the following possession, the Bulldogs put together what looked like a promising drive but were eventually forced to turn the ball over on downs at the Hornets’ 31-yard line.  
Hooks capitalized on the turnover, scoring its fourth touchdown and increasing its led to 20 points at, 27-7.
Queen City answered with a touchdown of its own on a two-yard score by running back Kemya Hicks. 
On the PAT, Hooks continued its streak of putting points on the board quickly. The kick by Rea was blocked and the Hornets returned the ball for a two point score.  
Hooks also scored on the following Queen City kickoff to widen the lead to, 36-13, at halftime.

Second Half
The Hornets would go on to score four more touchdowns in the second half and the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns of their own.  
The Bulldogs’ touchdowns consisted of a pass from Scott to Lowe from 28 yards out and a pitch to Stiger for a 23-yard score. 
The game ended with the final score of Hooks 62 and Queen City 27. 
The Bulldogs are off next week and will continue district play against the New Diana Eagles on Oct. 13 at New Diana High School. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Queen City JV football played Hooks JV last Thursday night in Hooks and won, 12-7
Queen City scored first on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Tallon Boone to Vonte Frank
Queen City scored again on a 40-yard touchdown run by Frank with a key block by Demarques Gamble
QC is now (4-1) on the season and will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 12 at home against New Diana with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Seventh Grade
Queen City’s seventh grade football squad fell to Hooks, 24-14, Sept. 28.
Jeremiah Drayton had two rushing touchdowns of 41 and 43 yards for QC (1-2). 

Eighth Grade
Queen City’s eighth grade football team topped Hooks, 22-8.
Imahd Hicks (five yards) , Brandon Parkman (45 yards) and T’Angelo Neal (30 yards) each had a rushing touchdown, with Austin Terry and Arlander White each adding a 2-point conversions.
Neal also had two interceptions in the game for QC (3-0).
The Bulldogs have a BYE week and will prepare for hosting New Diana Thursday, Oct. 12.

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