Thursday, October 27, 2005
By BARRY BURLESON
The Holly Springs High School football team kept its postseason hopes alive with a big road win Friday night at Marks.
The Hawks knocked off M.S. Palmer 27-12 in an important Class 3A, Region 3 clash.
“Like I’ve been telling our kids, we’re in a playoff mode right now,” said head coach Clifford Brown, whose team improved to 3-5 overall. “Every game is big.”
Two more important district games await to end the regular season – Independence at home this Friday night and Byhalia away on Friday, Nov. 4.
The running attack was the key in the 12-point victory over the Dragons.
Junior Marcell Johnson carried 10 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Loren Coleman rushed 10 times for 77 yards and a score.
The Hawks led 12-6 at the half.
“We enforced a little power football in the second half,” Coach Brown said. “We sort of wore them down and ate up the clock with our ground game.
“Our offensive line is starting to jell.”
Johnson scored on runs of 29 and 30 yards. Coleman reached the end zone on a 20-yard carry.
Holly High’s other touchdown came on an exciting 90-yard interception return by Courtney Bowen.
Chris Bridgeforth kicked one extra point, and LeCorey Jones added a two-point conversion.
The Dragons got touchdowns from Jaques Crawford and Kenny Hubbard.
“We were a little sluggish at times, but we played well enough to win the ball game,” Brown said.
“It was their homecoming, and M.S. Palmer played hard.
“We played as well as can be expected, I guess, after our big win the week before (over North Panola).”
He named Coleman the most valuable player of the game, praising his outstanding leadership skills.
“He’s a class act,” Coach Brown said.
Independence comes to Sam Coopwood Park this Friday night, and Coach Brown urges Hawk fans to fill the stadium in support of their team. Independence is coming off a 25-6 loss last week to Senatobia.
“Right now, this is our biggest game because it’s our next one,” he said. “They have a good team, and they will be fired up coming over here to our place.
“Independence has gotten the best of us (by one point) the past couple of years. We need to get over that hump.”
Coach Brown said his defense needs to continue its “great play,” while the offense needs to get on track in the early going.
It will be Senior Night at Holly High.
The top four teams in Region 3 at the end of the regular season move on to the Class 3A state playoffs.
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