HAYSI — Haysi had no trouble with the first defensive rule against a single-wing: Find the ball.

The Tigers just couldn't stop it.

Giles rolled over Haysi, 39-15, in the Group A, Division 2 semifinals Saturday at Sandlick Elementary School.

Ricky Cook ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns and fullback Luke Hevener added an even 100 yards and three TDs for Giles (12-1), which advances to the Division 2 championship game Dec. 10 at James Madison University.

The Spartans took control of the line of scrimmage midway through the first quarter and there was little Haysi could do on either side of the ball after that. Giles built a 33-0 halftime lead and extended it to 39-0 in the third period.

"Up front, I thought we did an excellent job," Giles coach Steve Ragsdale said. "(Haysi) has a big, strong defensive line, and I thought we got in there and blocked really well. And I thought our defensive front, against their big guys, played really well."

Haysi (11-2) gave up a safety early in the game when punter Brandon Barton was forced to fall on a bad punt snap that sailed into the end zone. After getting one stop and forcing a fumble by Cook, the Tiger defense gave up two long scoring runs in three plays, as the Spartans built a 15-0 lead before the end of the period.

Giles increased its lead to 21-0 after a sustained drive, capped by a 10-yard TD run by Hevener. The Spartans used good field position and a Haysi fumble to add two scores before halftime. Hevener rambled 32 yards to set up his own 2-yard scoring run, and Cook capped a 23-yard scoring drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.

"Any time you get off on the wrong foot against a good team, you're fighting an uphill battle and it was just too big a hill," Haysi coach James Colley said. "We knew they were a well-coached, solid football team. There was nothing we could do with them. They were running on all cylinders and they controlled the line of scrimmage, offensively and defensively."

The Spartans didn't need much of the razzle-dazzle that usually comes with a single-wing attack. Giles dominated inside so much, it was able to keep things fairly simple.

"We got dominated up front," Colley added. "Giles (isn't big), but, man, do they come off the ball. Double-team and trap. Four or five different plays is all they ran, other the two or three passes they threw."

Hevener scored the Spartans first touchdown on a 37-yard run, while Cook broke three tackles two plays later on a 78-yard TD run. A Division I prospect, Cook was a workhorse for Giles, with 19 carries in three quarters of play.

But the 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior has had plenty of help this season, with Hevener and with wingback Nathan Tanner, who ran for 56 yards. Tanner set up two first-half touchdowns with key runs, and hauled in an 8-yard TD pass from Cook in the third quarter.

"At a school our size, you hope to come up with one back who can pass and run," Ragsdale said. "Then you have to decide, is he going to be my quarterback, or is he going to be my running back.

"(In our offense), if we can just come up with one back that's a dual threat, then we can build around him. Of course, this year, we've got multiple threats. Cook is an excellent back, Hevener does a good job, and Nathan Tanner did a good job running the reverse."

A 37-yard kick return by Zack Counts gave Haysi good field position to set up the first Tigers touchdown. Quarterback Lance Compton, who led the Tigers with 70 yards rushing on 25 attempts, scored from one yard out at the 2:49 mark of the third quarter.

Haysi scored again with 12.9 seconds remaining on a hook-and-lateral from Ryan Jones to Compton to Counts, who sprinted down the left sideline on a 73-yard TD pass.



at Sandlick Elementary School...

Giles.......................................15 18 6 0 — 39

Haysi........................................0 0 7 8 — 15

Scoring:

G-Safety (Haysi punter recovered bad snap in end

zone)

G-Hevener 37 run (kick failed)

G-Cook 78 run (Tanner kick)

G-Hevener 10 run (kick failed)

G-Hevener 2 run (kick failed)

G-Cook 7 run (run failed)

G-Tanner 8 pass from Cook (kick failed)

H-Compton 1 run (A. Owens kick)

H-Counts 73 pass from Jones (Jones pass from

Compton)

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