The cool air wasn't the only thing rushing into Louie Mullins Memorial Stadium Friday night.

Paced by 324 yards on the ground, the Hazlehurst Indians collected a 39-22 win over the Franklin County Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs (1-7, 0-2) held a 14-7 lead on the Indians in the second quarter.
Franklin County got a 50-yard touchdown pass from Trent Tindle to Makyilan Covington. Senior defensive end Ryan Turner later blocked a punt and returned the ball 15 yards for another score.

The Indians answered, putting on the afterburners, taking a 27-14 lead in the third frame off of back-to-back touchdowns.

Covington added a 10-yard touchdown run to cut the Hazlehurst lead to 27-22 with 9:48 left in the fourth.

But the Indians responded with touchdown runs of 41 and four yards from senior running back Larry Wilson for the final margin.

The Indians moved to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in Region 7-3A play.

Franklin County will host Port Gibson next week in Meadville, with a playoff spot on the line.

For head coach B.J. Smithhart and his Bulldogs, this week will be a big one as well with Senior Night on deck.

The five-team region carries four teams into the MHSAA playoffs in November. Franklin County and Port Gibson are currently tied for fourth place in the district.

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