October 9, 2008
comes up tad short at Senatobia
Holly Springs had many chances Friday night.
But instead the Hawks left Senatobia saddled with a 7-6 loss, dropping them to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the district.
Holly High drove inside the 20-yard line four times, coach Clifford Brown said, and got just one touchdown. The Hawks tossed two interceptions, plus his team missed two field goals and one extra point.
“We’re moving the ball up and down the field but not putting points on the scoreboard,” he said.
The Warriors went ahead 7-0 in the first half.
But before the break, Holly High’s Chris Scales scored on a 20-yard run. The extra-point kick was no good. Scales had more than 100 yards rushing on the night.
That was all the scoring.
“We almost broke a punt return late (in the game),” Coach Brown said, “but we got called for a penalty on that.”
He praised his defense and the play of his offensive line. Lineman Bobby Barksdale, most valuable player for the game, had an excellent game on both sides of the ball. He had eight tackles.
“We ran behind him all night, and then on defense was in their backfield all night,” Brown said.
For the season, Holly High has caused five turnovers and at the same time turned it over itself 15 times.
“We can’t do that,” Brown said. “We’re shooting ourselves in the foot at the wrong time of the game.
“We have to find a way to win. Physically, we’re dominant. We’re doing everything but getting on the scoreboard.”
It’s down to a four-game season for the Hawks, starting this Friday night with Tunica Rosa Fort. The Lions are 4-2 overall and unbeaten in the district.
“We have to stay positive,” Brown said. “We can still finish 6-4. We still have a chance (at the playoffs), and that’s all we want.
“This week’s game is humongous. We have to play it like it’s the state championship game,” Brown said
Kickoff for the Holly Springs-Rosa Fort match-up is set for 7 p.m. at Sam Coopwood Park.
“Winning is all that needs to be on our minds this week - in the classroom, at practice and on the field when Friday night rolls around,” he said.
He hopes to get fullback Jamaris Isom and some other injured players back for this week’s game.
“We need to get healthy, too,” Brown said.
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