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PHS Bears score often in win over Vina Red Devils
By Rick James
Phillips Correspondent
VINA - Hitting the road, the Phillips Bears cruised by the Vina Red Devils for the 44-14 win on Friday, Oct. 17.
With the win, the Bears improved to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in Class 1A, Region 8 while the Red Devils fell to 1-7 and  1-5 in the region.
The Bears looked to make a statement when Josef Bates took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Phillips led 8-0 after the successful two-point conversion.
Vina and Phillips swapped punts on the next two drives.
The Red Devils put together a 32-yard drive before failing to convert on a fourth-and-three to turn the ball over to Phillips.
The Bears handed the ball to Bates, who took it 60 yards for a touchdown. With the  two-point conversion, Phillips took a 16-0 lead.
Vina took over and was able to establish a run game, going in for the score. A successful two-point try made the score 16-8 in favor of Phillips.
Looking to seize the opportunity, Vina attempted and recovered the onside kick.
After a 14-play drive, the Red Devils scored, but failed to convert the two-point try to make the score 16-14 in favor of the Bears.
Just before the half, Phillips completed a screen pass to Bates for 38 yards, in which he was brought down just shy of the goal line to leave the Bears with a slim two-point margin heading into the break.
Vina received the ball to open the second half, but failed to move the football. Phillips forced a fumble on the third play of the drive.
The Bears were stopped on the ensuing drive, after failing to convert on a fourth-and-21.
Phillips once again forced a fumble on the third play of the next Red Devils’ drive, this time in the red zone.
After three quick plays, Crumpton took the ball into the end zone for a score.
The Bears failed to convert the two-point try to make the score 22-14 Phillips.
The Bears’ defense held strong and forced a Red Devil punt.
Crumpton scored on the first play from scrimmage from 55 yards out.
After converting on the two-point try, Phillips had a 30-14 lead.
After forcing another punt, the Bears handed the ball to Bates, who scampered into the end zone from 52 yards out. Phillips converted on the two-point try to make the score 38-14.
Phillips’ defense held strong on a fourth-and-four to force a turnover on downs on Vina’s next possession.
The Bears marched down the field before Austin Clay punched the ball in for the score.
After failing on the two-point try, Phillips took a 44-14 lead over the Red Devils.
The score held as the final after the Bears defense held the Red Devils scoreless the rest of the game.
Phillips will host Decatur Heritage  in Class 1A, Region 8 play on Friday, Oct. 24.
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