was close but not close enough as it fell 30 - 27 to Hale County
. The outcome was a definite jolt of excitement for Oak Grove after its previous game, where the margin was anything but close.
Hale County's defense took a beating in the first half, giving up 20 points. That put it down 20 - 16. It turned things around in the second half, however, and outscored Oak Grove 14 to seven.
Hale County can chalk up much of its success to the efforts of senior Malik Ward, who ran for 194 yards and also punched in four touchdowns. This marked the 3rd consecutive game in which Ward had 100+ rushing yards. Brody Stephens offered Hale County additional support, laying down the law -- and the quarterback -- with three sacks.
Despite Oak Grove's defeat, the squad still enjoyed a top-notch performance from junior Keyon Bass, who picked up 49 yards on the ground.
The win bumped Hale County's record up to 2-1. The defeat dropped Oak Grove's record to 2-1.
Both Hale County and Oak Grove will be guarding their home fields in their upcoming games. Hale County will face off against Holt Friday at 7:00 PM. This meeting makes it back-to-back home games for Hale County. Meanwhile, Oak Grove will battle it out against Bibb County on Friday at 7:00 PM.
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