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‘Stangs return to winning script

After two exciting plays to open the game, Friday night’s contest between Isabella and Hale County High returned to the script that had the Mustangs (5-2, 3-2 region) winning easily, 47-18, on homecoming.

The visitors fumbled the opening kickoff, and Isabella’s Austin Haigler ran it in for a score.

Before the home team was done celebrating, though, Hale’s Vincent Kortbawi returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.

But the Wildcats (1-6, 0-5) could only muster 149 yards of offense in the game.

Isabella led 26-6 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Brian Donovan rushed 13 times for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Donovan added another score on a 70-yard punt return for a TD. The Mustangs’ other scores came on a three-yard keeper by quarterback Brandon Veazey and a one-yard run by Kelsey Gardner.

Matt Snell was good on five point-after attempts.