Thursday, August 25, 2005

New coach gets preview of Hawks; first game Friday

Sports Editor

The Holly High gridiron Hawks had their first road trip last weekend under the tutelage of new head coach Clifford Brown.

The Holly High coaching staff took 60 players to the preseason invitational on the campus at Ole Miss in Oxford. There were 14 teams from north Mississippi which showed up at Vaught-Hemingway early on Saturday morning for the preseason chance to “hit an opponent.”

Each team which brought a junior varsity squad had the opportunity to play three quarters – one for the juniors and two for the varsity.

Holly High’s junior varsity scrimmaged against the Lions of Rosa Fort from Tunica. Although the JVs dropped a quick 12-6 decision, it was not without bright spots. Trevian Howell, who called signals for the junior Hawks during the single quarter, hit Courtney Bowen for a 50-yard scoring strike .

Coach Brown said he and his staff were encouraged by the way the JVs played in the drill.

“We were able to look at some things outside of our own gridiron and got to see our young players hit someone other than teammates,” he said.

Brown said they carried 60 players on the trip and all 60 were given a chance to play.

“We opted for quantity instead of quality,” he said. “But I feel that we did see some quality flashes.”

In the varsity quarters, the Hawks fell to Rosa Fort by a score of 21-6, but not before they drew first blood. With Marcus Isom calling the signals, the Hawks scored off of a 5- yard run by Loren Coleman. Pierre Thomas also had a fumble recovery in the two quarter drill.

“We were able to work on a good many things,” Coach Brown said. “We tried to get a hard look at our kicking game and do some fine tuning on the offensive maneuvers. We feel good about the exposure for our kids. We are planning to show our fans some fireworks on Friday night.”

The Hawks will open the season this Friday, Aug. 26, at home against the Commodores of Lafayette County.

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