CHEROKEE - A hot start from the Phillips Bears propelled them to their second win of the season as they routed the Indians of Cherokee High School 61-22 on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Hunter Lanford was the leader for the Bears in the win. The senior running back rushed for four touchdowns and also reeled in a pass for a score in the win.
"I am really proud of the way our team executed," first-year Bear head coach Adam Lawler said following the game. "We came out and were able to dominate in the run game. I think our offensive and defensive linemen played really well," he added.
The Bears dominated early, building a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Phillips kept its foot on the gas in the second quarter, extending the lead to 48-7 before the halftime break.
Phillips quarterback Ken Edwards finished the game with 104 yards passing and two touchdowns. Nevin Elkins, the Bears' backup signal-caller, finished the game with a touchdown pass. Xavier Hanner had a rushing touchdown and Lanthun Burton added another Phillips score with a 100-yard return on an interception.
With the win, the Bears improve to 2-7 on the season and 2-4 in regional play. This is the first season the Bears have failed to make the postseason since 2012.
Phillips will wrap up its 2019 campaign Friday, Nov. 1, when they host the Hubbertville Lions. The Lions are 5-4 on the season and are coming off a 26-9 loss to Pickens County High School.
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