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Seventh-ranked Pisgah pounds Sand Rock, 41-14

Sand Rock’s Carson Chesnut gets tackled on a run by Pisgah’s Caiden Hawkins and Jett Jeffery. Photo by Jason Bowen, Jackson County Sentinel.

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SAND ROCK – Mason Holcomb accounted for four touchdowns in leading the Class 2A, No. 7 Pisgah Eagles to a 41-14 Region 7 football win at Sand Rock on Friday, a night in which the Wildcats honored their 1997 state runner-up team.

Holcomb completed 4-of-10 pass attempts for 97 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 35 yards on five carries with a score.

But it was Fox Tinker who got the Eagles (2-0, 1-0) going early. He ran in for a 4-yard touchdown with 5:45 to go in the opening quarter to put Pisgah in front 7-0.

Sand Rock (1-2, 0-1) answered later in the quarter with a 13-yard Carson Chesnut touchdown pass to Logan Crider. Nathan Haygood’s extra point tied the game at 7.

Pisgah regained the lead just before the quarter ended on Holcomb’s 12-yard touchdown run. The Eagles were unsuccessful on a 2-point try, keeping the score at 13-7.

Holcomb accounted for three more Eagle touchdowns in the second quarter. He connected with Luke Gilbert on a 20-yard pass with 9:35 to go in the first half. Legion McCrary ran in for the 2-point conversion, pushing the Eagle advantage to 21-7.

A little over three minutes later, Holcomb and Gilbert hooked up on a 63-yard score. Dalton Johnson’s extra point provided Pisgah with a 28-7 lead.

Holcomb struck again on a 14-yard touchdown toss to Jakob Kirby at the 3:38 mark of the second quarter. Johnson’s extra point made it 35-7.

Tinker took it in for one final first-half score on a 7-yard run putting Pisgah out in front 41-7 at halftime. Tinker tallied 53 yards on just three carries with two touchdowns.

Sand Rock’s Gatlin Cox scored the only touchdown of the second half on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter for the final.

Trace Haygood led the Wildcats with 60 yards on 15 carries. Chesnut connected on 6-of-12 pass attempts for 52 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 35 yards on eight carries.

Lucas McDaniel led the Wildcat defense with 11½ tackles.

Sand Rock looks to rebound at Section on Friday. Pisgah returns home to face Collinsville.

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