INOLA — It was Inola’s homecoming Friday night, but it was Hilldale that did all of the dancing – and mostly in the Longhorns’ end zone.
And the I-formation suits the Hornets to a T as they ran for 265 yards, powering their way to a 40-20 non-district victory against the Longhorns.
Hilldale improved to 4-1.
“We played as well as we expected to play,” Hilldale coach Chad Kirkhart said. “We wanted to come out and play well from start to finish. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way we played through three quarters.
“We’re trying to establish the run and did a good job in running from the I. We’re figuring out what we do best. Everybody played well. I’m also pleased with the offensive line and how they’re coming along.”
Jamaul Cullom led the starters with 85 yards rushing on eight carries and a TD. He scored three times in the first half. He had TD runs of 46 and four yards and returned an interception 85 yards for another score.
The 6-foot-1, 182-pound senior didn’t have a problem finding motivation.
“I had heard all week that they picked us for their homecoming,” he said. “You pick a team you think you can beat and that gave us some fuel to do well. Coach Kirkhart always tells us to play like we practice and I think we did. The linemen did a heck of a job blocking.
“I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was a lot of hard work by our team out there.”
Quarterback Chandler Puckett got into the act with a three-yard TD run with 9.8 seconds left in the first period and fired a 33-yard TD pass to Miles Jackson with 4:53 to go in the first half.
Hillldale led 34-0 at halftime.