Lions coach Will Wagnon said his entire team played well.
“It was probably the best game we’ve played overall yet,” he said.
He said Eric Baird had a great game at middle linebacker this week, taking advantage of more freedom to move around, and said moving defender Calvin Smith into a running back position worked out well. Smith carried 13 times for 69 yards in the game.
Quarterback Monteo Garrett sparked the Munford offense, leading rushing for the game with 91 yards. He scored two of Munford’s touchdowns and passed for three more.
Munford’s defense held Hokes Bluff on the game’s first possession, forcing a punt. Tweety Richardson returned to the Eagles’ 19 yard line, and Garrett scored three plays later on a five-yard run for a 6-0 lead.
Hokes Bluff came back with a 71-yard drive with Garrett Lawley scoring on a three-yard carry. Jonathan Pruett kicked from quarterback Brad Robertson’s hold to take a 7-6 lead, but it didn’t last long.
Before the first quarter was over, Munford scored again, this time on a pass to Tranas Patterson for 15 yards.
Munford scored again late in the second quarter on a 15-yard run by Garrett, with the point-after by Brian Strickland from Tavon Lawson’s hold.
Munford took the opening kickoff in the second half and scored on a 62-yard drive, with Garrett passing to Kyle Franklin for 24 yards in the end zone to score.
Hokes Bluff rallied on the first possession of the fourth quarter, driving 59 yards in nine plays. Robertson completed four of five passes on the drive for a combined 58 yards, with the touchdown coming on a 17-yard pass to Jacob Ingram in the end zone. The Eagles lined up for a PAT, but faked it, with Robertson passing again to Ingram for the conversion, putting the game within reach at 26-15, with just over eight minutes left in the game.
Munford took the following kickoff and drove 68 yards in 11 plays to pad the lead, with Garrett passing to Franklin for 26 yards for the touchdown.
Munford’s defense kept Hokes Bluff off balance in the second half, cutting their rushing yardage in half. Lion defenders Blake Haynie, Baird, Lawson and Corey Smith sacked Robertson four times for 30 yards in losses and Colton Gregory hit the Eagles’ Chase Pope for another loss to take 30 yards off the Eagles’ 61-yard rushing output. Hokes Bluff had 98 total net yards rushing in the game, and completed 13 of 17 passes for 138 yards. Baird and Justin Evans also sacked Robertson for twin eight-yard losses in the first half.
Munford had 160 yards net rushing in the game and completed 9 of 11 passes for 117 yards.
The game was Munford’s final home game of the season. The Lions (4-3 3-2) travel to Cherokee County next week for another Region encounter. Hokes Bluff (1-6 0-4) hosts Anniston.