MAYPEARL - Hico went to Maypearl Friday and came away with its sixth straight victory, crushing the Panthers by the final score of 48-18.
The Tigers came out firing by putting up 42 points in the first half.
Quarterback Westin Williams picked the Maypearl secondary apart by completing 15 of 17 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Williams also ran for a touchdown.
"He [Westin] put the ball where it was supposed to be, and those guys made the catches and ran great routes," said Hico Head Coach Wade Williams.
Quarterback Williams had no problem finding his two key receivers, Cory Needham and Andrew Wise. Wise hauled in five passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns while Needham caught seven for 78 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers continued to run the ball effectively. Hico racked up 166 yards. Jordan Turner led the way, collecting 51 yards and a touchdown four carries.
"Our offensive line and receivers did a great job," said Coach Williams. "The offensive line held them off and we had time to throw the ball and our receivers got open and did a great job of running their routes."
Once again the Hico defense was in control. Maypearl scored 12 of their points in the fourth quarter when the Tigers were already ahead 49-6.
Sean Shipman was the Tigers’ leading tackler with nine. Wise recorded eight tackles and made an interception.
"Our defense is playing well. Our interior guys are solid and the rest of them are coming around," said Coach Williiams.
Hico had 377 yards of total offense and has not lost since the season opener against Hamilton
"We’re not the same football team that we were then," said Coach Williams. "We had some injuries and we didn’t know what all we could do as a team. We’d like to play Hamilton again but you have to learn from games like that that."
Hico returns home Friday to host Itasca. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Nathan Bural is a member of the sports staff at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241.