Thursday, September 18, 2008
Hawks no match for Chargers
By BARRY BURLESON
It was a tough night at Sam Coopwood Park for the Holly Springs High School Hawks.
The Class 3A squad dropped its home opener 50-7 to Class 5A Southaven.
“We couldn’t do anything right,” said coach Clifford Brown, whose Hawks went to 1-2 before starting district play this week. “It was a bad game. We couldn’t execute. We couldn’t block. We couldn’t tackle. We couldn’t coach.”
The unbeaten Chargers surged in front 21-0 after one quarter. They led 28-7 at the half.
“When they play inside your own 40 the whole half, it makes it tough,” Brown said.
Holly High’s only touchdown of the night came on Brandon Thomas’ 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
He praised the play of Bobby Barksdale on defense.
“They doubled and tripled him, but he couldn’t do it by himself,” Coach Brown said. “We missed a ton of tackles.”
Running back Jamaris Isom did not play. He has a knee injury and his status for the rest of the season was unknown at press-time.
Darryl Kinkle shifted to tailback and had 12 carries for 87 yards.
“That took away from our passing game,” Brown said. “With him (Kinkle) in the backfield, they loaded up on us.
“Southaven was very well prepared, and they’re a good football team - the best we’ve played so far.”
He said he told his players the 43-point loss is a test of their character.
“We can let this make our season or break our season,” Brown said. “We will bounce back. We’re better than we showed. I believe we still have a shot in our division.”
That “shot” begins Friday when North Panola comes to Holly Springs for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. North Panola is coming off a 47-6 loss to Lafayette County last week.
“We need to win that first district game and get rolling,” Brown said. “I feel good about our kids. We’ve played a tough non-district schedule. But stay tuned. The season is not over yet, and the best is yet to come. I want our fans to stay with our kids and encourage them.
“This team still has a good shot at the 3A playoffs.”
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