Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hawks fall to defending state champs

Sports Editor

The Holly High Hawks would probably be the first to attest that the Warriors of Senatobia deserve their title. The defending 3A champs came to town last Friday night and locked horns with the sputtering Hawks.

The Hawks kicked to the Warriors, a line drive which was fielded at the 25. It was returned to the Holly High 45.

Then Warrior quarterback, Taylor Walker, went to work, using what would be the visitors’ weapon of choice the entire game, the option. Davell Jackson picked up the first down at the 33. He came back with another that penetrated the red zone.

Walker then hit Jarius Webb with a quick, short pass which went for six. Senatobia booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 7:35 to go in the first.

The Warriors’ kick was caught by Marcell Johnson, who made a 30-yard return. But there was a flag, and the Hawks faced a 19-yard deficit. They went three and out.

The Warriors didn’t waste time, using Jackson as the hot button. Two pitchouts later, and they were in the red zone again. But the Holly High defense held and the Warriors had to punt.

Pierre Thomas handled the ball and took it to midfield. It was called back on a holding penalty. Their offense completely stalled, lost ground and ended up punting from the 1.

It was then Walker and Webb teaming up again – same play as the first score, however, the Warriors missed the extra point try. The score was 13-0.

After the kick, quarterback Marcus Isom threw an interception on the first play. The interloping Warrior was downed at the 1. Walker crossed in the middle for six, and he also converted the two on a keeper.

The Hawks went three and out again. Senatobia suffered a couple of big penalties, but the visitors were threatening again. Jackson eluded all Hawk tacklers and scored on a 32-yard trek. They kicked the extra point to make it 28-0 in the latter part of the second quarter.

The Hawks then lost a fumble, and the Warriors capitalized on it. Nigel Collins caught a 26-yard pass from Walker. Lafeal Conley kicked the extra point for a 35-0 lead at the half.

Senatobia started to clean the bench and ran the score to 42-0 before the Hawks were able to get on the board.

Isom kept the ball on a couple of plays, gaining valuable yardage, and then he slid into the end zone after a pass interference call. The Hawks tried a two-point conversion but failed. Senatobia led 42-6.

The Warriors scored on their next possession, Chad Garrett to Marcus Herron from 20 yards away, and added the extra point to make it 49-6.

The Hawks bounced back with a strike, from Isom to Earick Carter. They also added two more points to cut the margin to 49-14 when the final horn sounded.

Head coach Clifford Brown named Rasheed DeBerry the most valuable player, calling him a “consistent performer.”

The Hawks, who host Tunica Rosa Fort this Friday night for homecoming, slipped to 1-5 on the season. The Warriors improved to 4-2.

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