Hico — On the eighth play of the game, the Hico Tigers put up the first points and never looked back, as they went on to maul the DeLeon Bearcats by the final score of 41-0.
Hico scored when quarterback Westin Williams found reciever Cory Needham for a 44-yard touchdown pass. Needham caught three passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Hico went up 14-0 after Needham and Williams hooked up again on a nine yard play.
Jordan Turner tacked on the next touchdown, running the ball in from 17 yards out.
Williams later found Andrew Wise in the endzone for his third touchdown pass of the game.
On the following drive, Williams punted the ball away on second down. To clarify for confused fans, Coach Wade Williams said it was simply a misunderstood signal between he and Westin.
With the game well in hand, Williams left the field in the third quarter after completing six of 10 passes for 102 yards, three touchdowns and an intercpetion.
Turner later struck again, punching it in from five yards out, and then breaking free for a 60-yard touchdown on his last carry. He finished the game with 112 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns. The rest of the team compiled 188 rushing yards, giving Hico 300 on the night.
Between the Tiger defense and the Bearcat offense, or lack there of, DeLeon was held to negative three yards of total offense.
“We simplified things this week,” Coach Williams said. “We simplified, put the guys in the right place and just let them play football. We’re excited about the way we played.”
Quarterback Clayton Stokes completed one of his 16 pass attempts for 11 yards, but the Bearcat rushing attack was stopped for a loss of 14 on the night.
The Bearcats were able to force three turnovers with two fumbles and the Williams interception, but were unable to capitalize.
Hico will be at home next week in their homecoming game against Tolar.
Nathan Bural is a member of the Empire-Tribune sports staff. He can be reached at