Thursday, September 1, 2005

Hawks fall hard to neighbor Lafayette

Sports Editor

The Holly High Hawks opened their 2005 season in a renovated stadium to one of the largest crowds to ever attend a Hawks’ opener.

The clock was non-operational so the time keeper was on the field.

The Hawks won the toss and elected to receive. They went three and out with very little progress.

The visitors used three plays to get on the board. Lafayette County’s running back broke off left tackle and evaded the last Hawk defender before he dove into the end zone. The PAT was a solid kick and the Hawks were down 7-0.

After the ensuing kick, Jeremy Boyd picked up a seven-yard gain. Marcus Isom, the senior signal caller, called a play action but found all his targets covered by Commodores. He went right, faked the defenders out of the park, cut back across left tackle and out raced all defenders to the 12-yard line.

They were pushed back and faced a second and 16. Isom threw a short curl to Courtney Rayford which brought a flag. Isom then went for the end zone on a bomb, but the ball was snatched away by a leaping Commodore. The Class 3A Hawks’ only scoring threat of the night was killed and the ball went to the Commodores at their own 20.

Lafayette, ranked No. 4 in the AP Class 4A preseason poll, was tagged for holding but reached the first down marker on the next play and the runner was stopped by Jeremy Boyd. The first quarter ended with the Hawks still down by seven.

The Hawks’ Loren Coleman and Marcus Isom effectively defended against an end zone pass, but the Commodores scored again on the next play. Score, after PAT, was 14-0.

The kickoff was returned to the 19-yard line by Coleman and Isom hit the big tight end, LeCorey Jones, on a crossing pattern. The quarterback moved the markers eight yards farther on a keeper but the drive failed and the Hawks sent the ball over.

The punt had plenty height but not much distance but took a Hawks’ bounce to the 41. It didn’t matter; a player exploded out of the Commodore backfield, bolted three Hawks defenders and gave the visitors their third TD.

The Hawks only had the ball a few seconds when the same Commodore picked off a Hawks pass and raced into the end zone. It was 28-0.

It didn’t get better. The Commodores scored again on their next possession but the football gods smiled and it was called back on a holding. But the visitors took another interception in for a score and went up 34-0 at halftime.

The Hawks could not get the offense stable in the second half, but the defense put up some formidable roadblocks. They held the Commodores scoreless until the last couple of minutes when they added another seven to make the ending score 41-0.

Head coach Clifford Brown named Jeremy Boyd the most valuable player. In his defensive role, Boyd had a dozen solo tackles and three assists.

Brown said they were taking a serious look at the game results.

“We have to regroup this week and prepare for our game with Ripley,” Brown said.

The Hawks will travel to the Tigers’ den on Friday, Sept. 2. Ripley dropped its opener, too, 43-19 to New Albany.

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