Thursday, September 21, 2006
Hawks clip Cougars for district win
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly Springs High School Hawks stared down their first district opponent and came away with an important road win.
After falling against three tough foes, the Hawks went to Sardis last Friday evening and not only turned their first victory, but did it over a district team. They started their run in their 3A district with a 41-25 win over the North Panola Cougars.
The Hawks, being led by quarterback Trayven Howell, were on the receiving end to start the game.
Desley Brown took the kickoff and returned it 77 yards to open the scoring with a bang. James Echols booted it clear through the uprights to put the Hawks up 7-0 in the very early going.
But the Cougars came right back with a score of their own, making it 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Howell teamed up with Courtney Bowen for a pair of scoring strikes, one covering 24 yards and the other 55 yards, to put the Hawks in front 21-19 at the intermission.
North Panola took the lead briefly in the third quarter at 25-21, but Howell wasn’t done.
He kept hitting Bowen for important yardage. The wide receiver had six catches during the game for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cougars got the ball but didn’t keep it for long. Holly High intercepted and Bowen tacked on another score, this one a 7-yard reception. Again the extra point was kicked by Echols. The kicker/punter hit five of six extra-point tries over the course of the game.
Jeremy Boyd later took a pitchout and ran 30 yards for a score, cutting wide right.
Bowen wrapped up the scoring with a 55-yard interception return.
Head coach Clifford Brown was delighted as he recapped some of the game’s highlights.
He named Bowen most valuable player of the game. He had three touchdowns on offense and one on defense.
Brown had 90 yards on 17 carries.
“Our defense showed up well, too,” he said. “Eldrick Perkins and Chris Bridgeforth had seven sacks between them. Kendrick Duncan had an interception, and we gained almost 400 yards on the ground.”
Brown said he told his players they would probably not face any opponents tougher than the first three they met (Lafayette, Ripley and Shannon).
The Hawks remain in district play this Friday night when they host Water Valley at Sam Coopwood Park.
The Blue Devils are 2-2, having lost their last two games, including a 24-23 setback to Senatobia last Friday night. The other loss was 16-7 to Calhoun City. Wins came over Bruce and Aberdeen.
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