GLADEWATER, Texas — West Rusk took no prisoners as it rolled past Hughes Springs.
The Mustangs bowed out of the playoffs with a 52-28 loss to the Raiders in a Class 3A, Div. II area football playoff game on Thursday at Jack V. Murphy Stadium.
Trevor Bolden scored his third rushing touchdown from five yards out to inch the Mustangs closer, 38-28, with 9:33 to go in the fourth quarter. Bolden led all rushers with 164 yards on 22 carries.
West Rusk hit a 23-yard field goal early in the third to take a 31-14 lead.
Hughes Springs' Bolden scored a 2-yard touchdown and ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 31-22.
The Raiders responded with a 7-yard rushing score to go up by 16 points, 38-22, with 29 seconds left in the third quarter. The Mustangs responded when Bolden hit paydirt from five yards out to make it 38-28 with 9:33 left in the game.
Hughes Springs (6-4) stopped West Rusk (8-3) on fourth down and drove to inside the Raiders' 10-yard line. But the Mustangs fumbled, and West Rusk recovered.
The Raiders scored on a 48-yard run with 3:05 to go in the game. West Rusk put the game out of reach on a scoop-and-score when Hughes Springs fumbled on the ensuing kickoff.
The touchdown made it 52-28 with 2:56 left in the fourth.
Jimmie Harper scored on a 3-yard run to give West Rusk an early 7-0 lead with 3:10 left in the first.
Tyson Daigle bootlegged to his left and found an opening on a 66-yard touchdown run to make it 7-6 with 37 seconds left in the first quarter. A Daigle pass fell incomplete on the 2-point conversion attempt. Daigle rushed for 115 yards on 12 totes.
The Raiders padded their lead, 14-6, when Harper ran the ball in from 4 yards out with 11:23 left in the second quarter. Will Jackson caught a 54-yard pass from Andon Mata to set up the score.
Harper scored his third touchdown of the night on a 2-yard carry to give West Rusk a 21-6 edge.
Bolden plunged into the end zone from a yard out to inch the Mustangs closer, 21-14. Daigle ran in the 2-point conversion for Hughes Springs with 1:22 to go until halftime.
The Raiders put together a quick drive and Jackson scored on a 15-yard pass from Mata to make it 28-14 at the half.