Thursday, May 17, 2007
Hawks end spring versus 5A Eagles
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly Springs High School gridiron squads played a doubleheader at Horn Lake Friday.
The first game was a junior varsity contest which the Hawks lost to the junior Eagles 22-0.
The 5A Eagles had first possession in the varsity game but made little progress, hampered by the Hawks’ defense.
They had to punt away and that left the 3A Hawks with good location at midfield. Demitri Oliver was under center for the Hawks and he failed to handle a bad snap and then was hit with an illegal procedure call. That brought in James Echols, who got off an excellent punt which went out of bounds at the Eagles’ 10-yard line.
The Horn Lake quarterback went to the air on a third and five, but it was broken up by two Hawks. Holly High took over on the 35. There was a mix-up in the backfield and the ball was lost to Horn Lake. Bobby Barksdale stopped the Eagle runner after a gain of two. A holding call moved them back to the 45.
Tremane McKinley came in at quarterback for Horn Lake and threw a trio of passes which Holly High broke up. The Eagles punted, facing a fourth and 25 as the quarter ended.
On the first play of the second quarter the Hawks fumbled and lost the pigskin for a second time. This time the ball was recovered by the Eagles on Holly High’s 2-yard line. They bowled it over from there. After the boot, it was 7-0 in favor of the host school.
The Hawks were still trying to grind it out on the ground but the Eagles were not yielding. The Hawks got off another good punt. This time the Eagles coughed it up on their 21, giving the Hawks their best field position thus far.
Jay Isom tried the right side and picked up three. Oliver then hit Daniel Burton for eight, but was called back on a holding penalty. Oliver used the fourth down for a long pass that failed.
Horn Lake was using its third quarterback, Tyler Turner. He handed off twice to Jeffrey Carlisle, and the Eagles put the ball well inside the red zone at the 10. The next play hit pay dirt. Another point by the foot and it was 14-0.
The Hawks tried a series of plays, ending up with a fourth and 20 for a first down, which fell short. Time ran out for the first half.
The Hawks had first possession in the second half. They gained eight and gave five back. Brown picked up a first down and more on a long run around right end. The entire coaching staff called for unnecessary roughness penalty but didn’t get it.
A Horn Lake defender stepped between Oliver and his receiver and scored but it was called back. Three plays later the Eagles scored again to make it 21-0.
The Hawks were still having offensive problems. The Eagles got the ball back and added another six on a straight buck up the middle. The extra point kick made it 28-0.
The Hawks mounted a serious threat in the fourth quarter, with Oliver hitting Darryl Kinkle with a pass that ended on the 30. They moved it to the 11 and faced a third and five at the 10. The threat ended when Brown slipped at the 12.
The Eagles had the ball for one last possession but were hit with three consecutive penalties. The Hawks caused and covered a fumble but to no avail. The Eagles got it back on the next play as time expired with the final score 28-0.
Clifford Brown, who will enter his third season as head coach, said the Hawks will be utilizing two freshmen signal callers during the upcoming season.
“I thought in the first half we played inspired football,” Brown said about the spring game. “We’re young and we were outnumbered. They wore us down. That’s what you get when you play a big program.
“I hope it will help make us better when district play rolls around next season. We have to get in better shape and get some guys healthy (10 Hawks missed the game).
“We like the possibility of getting better and making another run at the playoffs.”
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