Thursday, October 26, 2005
’Cats blank Hawks in district war
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks traveled to Independence last Friday night in their next to last game of the regular season. This was also the first of two remaining district games before the 3A playoffs.
The game was important in the sense that the outcome could have a bearing on the season-ending standings or rankings in the district.
In a game which would be a test of defensive wills for two quarters, the Hawks had the first possession which was ill fated. The receiver bobbled the ball and the Wildcats recovered it.
But the Hawks’ defense was in the game from the beginning and led by defensive end Willie Snow, who kept the Wildcats’ offensive machine in neutral for most of the first quarter.
The defense was still functioning, but the offense wasn’t.
The Wildcats later scored in the first half on a 46-yard pass from Otis Mays to D.J. Newson. The attempt at a two-point conversion was denied.
The Hawks came back in the third, still led by Treyvan Howell at quarterback. They were experiencing difficulties in advancing the ball. The third quarter was a replica of the first – plenty of defense from both teams but little offense. After three quarters the Wildcats were still just six points ahead.
In the fourth, the Hawks would penetrate into Wildcat territory time and again but would come up empty. They fumbled and lost the ball on a crucial down in the fourth, and the Wildcats seized an opportunity to add another score, this one on a 6-yard run by Mays, who also kept for the two-point conversion.
The game ended with a shutout loss of 14-0 for the Hawks.
Head coach Clifford Brown, whose team fell to 4-5 overall, was at a loss to fully explain just what had happened.
“We didn’t execute well at all on offense,” he said. “We gained the ground, got good penetration, and then turned the ball over. We are better than the results of this show.”
Coach Brown named Snow as the most valuable player of the week.
“He was aggressive,” Brown said. “He had four solo sacks. He really led our defense.”
The Hawks now prepare for their wrap-up game in the regular season against renewed rival, the Byhalia Indians, on Friday night at Sam Coopwood Park.
The standings in the district won’t become completely clear until next week; however, Coach Brown was optimistic that the Hawks could still end up with a second place finish, which would secure a first round playoff game at home.
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