Thursday, August 31, 2006
Hawks fall to 4A Lafayette
By CLAUDE VINSON
A hurting Holly Springs High School football team ran into a Class 4A buzz saw Friday night in Lafayette County and dropped its season opener.
The hosting team won the toss but deferred possession until the second half.
The Lafayette County kick was a long one and was a touchback. Trayven Howell was the quarterback for Class 3A member Holly High and his first call was a fullback up the middle which met strong opposition.
The third down was a bad snap from center which brought up a fourth and 12. A Commodore defender blew through and partially blocked the punt from the Hawks’ 24.
Ricky Wadlington of Lafayette swept the Hawks’ right side for the first six. The extra point made it 7-0 in the very early going.
Lafayette’s next kick was another booming one. It was set up on the 20.
Howell hit Courtney Bowen on a buttonhook in the left interior for a first down. On a straight fullback buck, Marvin Lucas got another four. He came back off of right guard. Another mixup on the exchange brought a fourth down.
James Echols got off a high booming punt with a Hawks’ bounce that rested on Lafayette’s 27th. After a first down, Desmond Ivy cut through the Hawks’ defense and pedaled 61 yards for the score. The kick made it 14-0.
Holly High didn’t go anywhere but they held the Commodores to third and out.
Misfortune again befell the Hawks, this time a fumble recovered by Lafayette. Ivy, the primary signal-caller for the Commodores, picked up a first but was shaken up by Holly High’s bruising defense during the last few minutes of the first quarter. Shortly thereafter, the Hawks’ defense rushed in, caused and recovered a fumble, stopping the Commodores at the 9-yard line.
Bowen went up high and made a mid-air catch for a first. But the Hawks’ quarterback was tagged with an intentional grounding which brought up a second and 24.
Eventually, they had to punt.
The Commodores got 15 on a second and 12 but the Hawks’ defense, led by a relentless Chris Bridgeforth, held them again. Kendrick Duncan blocked the punt and recovered at the 33. The Hawks fumbled, twice.
Lafayette called for time and gave the ball to Wadlington again (who would hurt the Hawks all evening), who scored from 23 out. It was 21-0 with 39 seconds left in the first quarter.
Holly High was having trouble reading the pass and passing. The Commodores’ Darius Carothers stepped in front of a Hawks’ receiver, picked it off and rambled 75 yards for the last score of the first half. The extra oint attempt failed. The scoreboard read 27-0 at halftime.
The second half still saw the Hawks sustaining a stifling defense. And the Hawks penetrated the red zone at the 17. They came up three yards short.
Jeremy Boyd stormed in and threw the quarterback for a 5-yard loss, but they came back with another Wadlington touchdown play which increased it to 34-0.
The final score was 34-6.
Holly High then got another break. They made Lafayette muff the kick and got the ball at the 39. Desley Brown went from the 39 to the 23 on a left end sweep. The came the same play, to right side, for pay dirt. The two-point try failed but the Hawks had avoided a shutout.
After coach Clifford Brown named Desley Brown as the MVP of the game, he went on to recap some of the highlights.
“We played very well, defensively,” he said. “We are still hurting on both sides because we have some important personnel still on the injured list.
“But, I think we made a good start against an established 4A program. Those two interceptions hurt us. We are going to get healthy and be a contender.”
When asked that if there were plans to do anything differently in prepping for Ripley this week, Brown said, “We are going to concentrate on the kicking game, and we definitely plan to run the football.
“We need to play a physical game without the mistakes. We need to get a win.”
The Hawks host the Ripley Tigers at Sam Coopwood Park this Friday night, Sept. 1.
Their next home game will be a week later when they host the Red Raiders of Shannon.
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