Thursday, October 5, 2006
Hawks drop district game to Warriors
The Holly High Hawks just might have undervalued an old foe during the trip to Senatobia last Friday night.
The Hawks were coming off an impressive shutout victory over the Blue Devils of Water Valley.
The Hawks started over the ball through deferment from the Warriors and Trayven Howell set up the power “I.” They couldn’t shake off a stubborn Warrior defense and went three and out. But the Hawks’ defense was just as formidable and Cordell Stephens jumped on a Senatobia fumble. The Hawks had to give up the ball again without progress, even after recovering their own fumble.
The Warriors picked up the first first down of the game, but Kendrick Duncan burst through and dumped the quarterback. The next play was picked out of the air by Elijah Thigpen who returned it to the 40. Howell was still operating from the “I” with Desley Brown and Marvin Lucas as the setbacks. The offense failed again and had to punt. The punt was taken by V.J. Street, who ran for a 67-yard score. Travis Baird booted the extra point.
The Hawks’ offense started firing on all cylinders and Jamaris Isom almost evened things up when he returned the Warrior kick to the 26. Jeremy Boyd picked up another six and they were inside the red zone on a fourth and one.
Howell couldn’t find a receiver on the option and kept for the first at the 9. Boyd went in standing up on the next play, a sweep of right end. The extra point try was wide right, and the first quarter ended with Senatobia leading 7-6.
The Warriors were still using the pass sparingly. They were hit with a delay of game and had to punt away.
The Hawks caught a break on the fair catch violation but they, too, had to punt; however, with different results.
Street again took the ball and went all the way. The point-after try was unsuccessful. The half ended with the Warriors leading 13-6.
The second half opened with Street scoring his third touchdown, this one on a long pass play down the sideline to make it 20-6. A highly vocal homecoming crowd was almost raucous in their support of the Warriors.
The Hawks’ next punt attempt went all wrong. The punter lost his grasp on the ball, had to pick it up and was rushed as he got off a kick that went straight up. Robert Clayborn fielded the pigskin, cut across the turf and went into the end zone untouched. It was 27-6 with 19 seconds left in the third.
Street would score yet again on a screen for the Warriors to make it 34-6.
Boyd broke a long run for the Hawks to put them on the 25-yard line. Brown got them to the 12 on a draw. Howell made a toss to Chris Bridgeforth for the touchdown. The extra-point try failed.
The Warriors won the district contest 34-12. The Hawks dropped to 2-1 in the district.
“We didn’t play up to our potential,” coach Clifford Brown said. “We’re better than that, but we have to show it.
“It was just not a good performance, at least in the first half. We executed better in the second half.
“We can still finish high in the district. We just have to coach harder and the players have to play harder.”
Next up this Friday night the Class 3A Hawks travel to 4A Tunica Rosa Fort.
“It’s their homecoming, so their kids will be fired up,” Brown said. “We have to minimize our mistakes and play better.”
Rosa Fort (3-3) lost 35-16 to Oxford last Friday night.
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