FLASH STAFF REPORT
(October 7, 2016) — Cooper Conlee scored on a pair of pick sixes and on a 89-yard run to help Hico to a 58-21 blowout win at county and district rival Hamilton Friday night.
Conlee had two of four interceptions for Hico, returning both his for first-half touchdowns to give the Tigers a 29-14 halftime cushion before his 89-yard burst opened up a 37-14 advantage just more than two minutes left in the third.
Conlee’s second defensive score actually made it 29-7 before Hamilton scored in the final seconds of the half. But Conlee and company made sure it didn’t matter as the Tigers pulled away for a comfortable win and 2-0 start to their 7-2A Division I slate.
After Conlee re-established the three-score lead early in the third, Cameron Matthews intercepted one and ran it back, the third defensive score of the game for the Tigers. Hamilton closed it to 44-21 with 7:24 remaining in the game, but Ethan Warren rushed for a Hico score and Justin Smith intercepted a pass and ran in the final points two plays later as the Tigers scored four touchdowns off takeaways.
Hico hosts Valley Mills next Friday, while Hamilton travels to De Leon for what equates – in the playoff race – to a must-win for each team.