Thursday, November 8, 2007
Hawks end year on high note
By BARRY BURLESON
The Holly Springs football team had some fun Friday night, some much-deserved fun.
The Hawks, who started their season by having two home games shifted to the road due to football field vandalism, finished the year on a happy note with a 52-20 win at Lewisburg. It raised their final season mark to 4-6.
“With all the ups and downs we’ve faced this year, it was good to get a win for the kids,” said head coach Clifford Brown. “It gives the kids something to build on and look forward to going into next season. We expect to rebound big-time next year.”
Holly Springs got its offense in gear late in the first quarter Friday in DeSoto County. It went 80 yards in three plays. Just over half of that came on a 41-yard touchdown run by Desley Brown, who actually fumbled but picked the ball up to finish the scoring play. The extra-point try failed.
The Hawks’ offense was back in business quickly, thanks to Darryl Kinkle’s interception which he returned 49 yards to the Patriots’ 31. It took one play to add to the early lead - a 31-yard dash up the middle by Cliff Brown. The extra-point try was no good.
Lewisburg got some points in the first quarter, too, with 22 seconds to go. Tavius Johnson scored on a 11-yard run. Dylan Castoria kicked the point after.
Holly High countered with a 53-yard, seven-play scoring march to start the second quarter. The six points came on a 7-yard pass from Demetri Oliver to Kinkle.
The Hawks upped their margin to 24-7 at halftime thanks to a 70-yard, two-play drive. Oliver threw to Desley Brown for 67 yards and the score.
The Patriots put the first points of the second half on the board. Johnson scored on a 1-yard run. Castoria kicked the extra point.
The Hawks then scored three unanswered touchdowns - one on Clifford Brown’s 78-yard run, another on a 20-yard toss from Oliver to Daniel Burton and a third on a 23-yard run by Sam Hawkins. They got a two-point conversion after Hawkins’ touchdown, that coming on a pass from Oliver to Kinkle. The scoreboard read 44-14.
Lewisburg added a touchdown on Aaron Greenwood’s 3-yard run. A try-for-two was unsuccessful.
Then the Hawks closed their scoring show with a 51-yard, six-play drive. It was capped by Desley Brown’s 35-yard carry to the end zone. JonathanGrier ran for the two-point conversion.
The Hawks played just three home games this year, due to the damage to the field at Sam Coopwood Park by vandals prior to the start of the season.
“We look forward to a little rest now, and then we will be working hard in the offseason,” Coach Brown said. “The kids are excited. They have a lot to prove next season, and they look forward to proving it.”
Brown loses six seniors off this year’s squad.
It’s the first time in Brown’s three seasons as head coach that the Hawks have not made the playoffs.
He congratulated Byhalia and Marshall Academy on their post-season berths.
“We wish our county schools well in the playoffs,” Brown said. “The coaches and kids at Byhalia and Marshall have done a great job this season.”
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