Thursday, September 4, 2008
Turnovers hurt Holly High
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Clifford Brown said he slept good Friday night despite his Holly High Hawks’ loss to start the season.
Class 3A Holly Springs ventured into nearby Tennessee and fell 42-29 to big school Cordova.
“Normally I don’t sleep good without the win,” Brown said. “But we had over 300 yards of offense against a 5A school.
“We have a lot to look forward to. The kids still have a lot of confidence. We have no reason to hang our heads. I believe we will still make some noise in 3A football.”
Four turnovers cost Holly High in the try for the upset. Cordova did not commit a turnover.
“We were up and down the field,” Brown said. “Take away those turnovers, and we could have won the ball game.”
The Hawks seemed to be in control in the early going. They used two first-quarter touchdowns to build a 14-7 advantage.
Demetri Oliver hooked up with Dean Bridgeforth on a 36-yard pass play for six points. Tyrone Miller kicked the extra point.
Also in the opening period, Jamaris Isom scored on a 10-yard run. Miller again was successful on the kick.
But late in the first half the tide turned.
The Wolfpack blocked a punt and scored. Then the Hawks turned the ball over, and Cordova used the “hail mary pass” to rally and go ahead 21-14 at intermission.
“If we could just take back those three minutes,” Brown said. “We could have went in 14-7 ahead and stayed relaxed. But instead those mistakes put us in a chase mode the rest of the night.”
Bridgeforth threw to Darryl Kinkle for 70 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter. Miller added the extra point.
In the fourth, Bridgeforth scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper. Kinkle ran for the two-point conversion.
Coach Brown was pleased with his two-quarterback system - Oliver and Bridgeforth, both juniors.
“Our two quarterbacks did well, and that’s exciting,” he said. “We feel very good about the two-quarterback system. Maybe we need to be more creative and utilize both better.”
Oliver was seven of 10 passing for 120 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Bridgeforth was five of eight through the air for 136 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also caught a pass for a TD and scored a two-point conversion.
Kinkle caught four passes for 121 yards and a touchdown and tallied on a two-point conversion.
Jamorris Holts had three catches for 50 yards. Isom had 70 yards rushing and scored a TD.
Leading the defense were Marcus Scales with seven solo tackles, Sam Hawkins with four, and David Bowen and Bobby Barksdale with three each.
The Hawks travel to Water Valley this Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Devils beat Coffeeville 20-12 last week.
“We always have a competitive game with them,” Coach Brown said. “Hopefully, we can come out on top.”
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