Thursday, October 25, 2007
Hawks earn road victory
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks played a very important road game last Friday night away from their venue.
They traveled to Broad Street in Cleveland to take on the Dragons in a contest which would have no bearing on their Region 3-3A standings. However, it took on important proportions in other ways.
First, it would mean the first time this season the Hawks would have put together back to back wins. It would also mean this would be the first occasion in his four-year tenure that head coach Clifford Brown would not be on the sidelines, urging his charges on.
Coach Brown had been hit with an administrative suspension by the Holly Springs School District for an alleged infraction of rules concerning players in a junior varsity game at Independence. The one-game suspension was handed down by the athletic director at Holly High.
The Hawks made the trip to Broad Street without their coach and came away with a 20-13 victory. The Dragons dropped to 4-4 overall. Holly High upped its mark to 3-5.
The Hawks took the ball first, stalled on downs and had to punt away. The punt created a very short field for the receiving Dragons and they wasted no time in turning the good fortune into a 7-0 score.
The Hawks made their own statement after the kickoff, marching methodically down field and putting the ball in the hands of Cliff Brown, who split the defense on a running play from scrimmage and hit pay dirt. The James Echols kick made it a first quarter tie at 7-7. That score would hold up until intermission. Neither team made it into the end zone for the remainder of the first half.
The third quarter took a different slant. Demetri Oliver was still calling signals and put the team in scoring position, then called a quarterback sneak which put the Hawks up 13-7. The Dragons came back with a sneak of their own, to tie it at 13-13.
But the Hawks were determined to take this one home. They bulled their way down to the Dragons’ territory through a mixture of plays and once again. Oliver sneaked it in for the final tally of 20-13 after another successful Echols kick..
The Dragons would threaten many times after that but never scored. The Hawks forced seven turnovers in the fourth quarter.
The team dedicated the win and the performance to the absent Coach Brown. Brown said the team called him before the game and told him that, “We won’t let you down, coach”.
The coaching staff named Bobby Barksdale as most valuable player of the game. The center was the anchor of the stifling Hawk defense.
Next up is a home game with county rival Byhalia this Friday night, Oct. 26. The Indians have never defeated the Hawks under Brown’s tenure. This game has huge implications in the district race.
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