Claremore Daily Progress


October 7, 2012

Hilldale in a romp: Cullom rushes for 241 yards to sting Lincoln Christian

HILLDALE — With the outcome well in hand, Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s 1973 song, “Taking Care of Business” came through the Hilldale stadium loudspeakers loud and clear.

It could’ve easily been aimed towards Jamaul Cullom and the Hornets.

Cullom, a 6-foot-1,182-pound senior, ran for a game-high 241 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Hornets thrashed the Lincoln Christian Bulldogs 48-6 in an important District 3A-7 game on Friday night.

Cullom scored on runs of 57, 1 and 3 yards.

“Coach (KIrkhart) said we could run on this team. He said we were going to pound the rock tonight and he was talking about the ball,” Cullom said. “Our linemen, the fullbacks – all of them – were blocking well. Coach called the plays and they were there. We could tell they were blitzing and we went the opposite way.

“They got some hands on me, but I was feeling it. We had to send a message that we can play.”

The Hornets gained 407 yards rushing in improving to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in district.

Kirkhart said his team took advantage of their better size on the line.

“They weren’t real big up front. We watched the Jay film a lot and Jay had success running the football,” he said. “We felt like we could line up and run the ball at them. That was our game plan going in. Our offensive line also played as well as they have all season.”

Lincoln Christian coach Darren Melton praised Cullom and the Hornets’ offense after his Bulldogs, ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Class 3A poll, dropped to 4-2 and 1-1.

“Hilldale did a great job. They had a great scheme,” he said. “They just ran right at us and we couldn’t stop it. They kept the clock moving. Give the credit to them as they did a wonderful job.

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