Claremore Daily Progress

October 7, 2012

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

CNHI News Services

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.

“We knew (Cullom) was a great player coming into the game. He runs hard and is a physical runner. He was everything we thought he was.”

Hilldale proved itself early with Seth Reheard returning the game’s opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Reheard also ran for 97 yards on 17 carries.

The Hornets also went to the air for a couple of touchdowns as Josh Giem grabbed a 13-yard pass and Miles Jackson pulled in a  26-yarder from quarterback Chandler Puckett. Puckett completed one other pass to finish with 41 yards in the game.

In all, Hilldale had 448 yards in total offense.  The Hornets led 35-6 at halftime.

Bradley Campbell finished off the scoring for the Hornets with a 31-yard return of an interception with 2:40 left in the game.

The Bulldogs got on the board with 8:43 left in the first quarter on Justin Flewellen’s three-yard run. The extra point attempt failed and Hilldale led 7-6. Lincoln Christian quarterback Austin Grauer completed 13 of 22 passes for 152 yards.