Thursday, September 20, 2007
Road-weary Hawks lose close one
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks saw the script and the score flopped during their third road game in as many weeks.
A week before at Water Valley, the Hawks were on the victory side of a 21-14 score. Not so at the home of the Southaven Chargers.
The Hawks had the ball first and followed their game plan to the letter on the opening series. They marched down the field, covering 75 yards. They put the first numbers on the board via an 8-yard reverse to Cliff Brown, who trotted in for six. James Echols booted the PAT.
The Hawks’ defense picked the Chargers on their possession. Datron Johnson stepped in front of the Chargers’ pass and gave the Hawks the ball. But it was short-lived. The Chargers picked off the Hawks’ quarterback and ended up with great field position which was quickly turned into a tie score at 7-7.
According to head coach Clifford Brown, “They used a flat route and caught us off guard.”
The Hawks took the lead again, this time on a Demetri Oliver 8-yard toss to Daniel Burton. Echols’ kick again split the uprights and the Hawks regained the lead 14-7.
The Hawks were still leading going into the second quarter.
“We took the ball from Southaven three times and got inside the red zone, but couldn’t capitalize,” Coach Brown said. “They kept pounding hard and finally tied the score at 14-14 just before the half ended. They wore us down.”
The third quarter was a see-saw battle. Holly High drove to the 10-yard line at one point but turned the ball over. Southaven scored within the last two minutes of that quarter to make it 21-14.
It was a 0-0 fourth quarter.
“We definitely had our chances and should have come away with the win,” he said. “It was costly for us. We had three players go out with knee injuries. Hopefully, none will prove to be serious.”
Coach Brown named Darryl Kinkle the most valuable player for the game.
“He showed progress and had a very consistent game,” he said. “He had a couple of big tackles near the goal line.”
The Hawks have their first division contest on Friday at North Panola. Coach Brown feels the consecutive road games are taking their tool on the Hawks’ morale.
The coaching staff is hoping the Sam Coopwood Park field will get a clean bill of health from the Mississippi High School Activities Association for the homecoming game scheduled with the Independence Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 28.
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