Thursday, October 23, 2008
Hawks get homecoming win
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks were trying to rebound from a pair of close decisions to division foes last Friday night when they hosted the Jaguars of Broad Street High School.
The Jaguars play in Region 2-1A. They were 3-3 in their division and 3-5 overall.
The Hawks received first and signal caller Dean Bridgeforth launched a long strike which was picked off by Roderick Davis at the 35. He returned the pigskin 65 yards for the first six of the game. The extra point try failed.
The Hawks went three and out on their next possession and Tyrone Miller punted to the 43.
The Jags were stopped cold by a Bobby Barksdale anchored defense. Chris Scales broke through the middle after taking a handoff and sailed deep into Jaguar territory. The long gain was nullified by a holding penalty. The Hawks punted on a fourth and fourteen.
There was a false start penalty which was declined by Broad Street and they took over on the 27. Their offense stalled and they attempted a field goal from the same spot – which was blocked by the Hawks.
Bridgeforth sent a pair of wide receivers on a long trek. Darryl Kinkle, who was the primary target, was heavily defended. The ball was tipped into the hands of Brandon Thomas, who adroitly stepped across the line for six. The Hawks were on the good end of a penalty and Jamaris Isom bulled his way into the end zone for a two-point conversion. The Hawks had the lead at 8-6 with 2:14 left in the first quarter.
On a third and 10 the Jags coughed it up and the Hawks recovered. The quarter expired and after the change of directions, the Hawks went to work from their 45. Bridgeforth made a pair of handoffs to Scales and he wouldn’t be stopped on the second, streaking about 50 yards to pay-dirt. They tried for another two-pointer but it was thwarted, but they went up 14-6.
The Jaguars returned the kick 95 yards but had the score erased by a “block in the back.” They stalled at the 19 and muffed the punt. The Hawks took over on the 30. Isom did a slide off right tackle and picked up another six. This time Miller booted it through the uprights and the score was 21-6.
With about a minute and a half showing on the clock, Scales picked off a Colton Jackson pass, but the Hawks went three and out. They got the ball back with about a minute left in the half. Bridgeforth was sacked twice. On his third play he was picked by a Jaguar, who went straight up the middle for a score. That made it 21-12 after the Jags missed the PAT.
The Hawks got a couple of big penalties and were inside the red zone in a matter of seconds. Isom scored again from the setback position but no extra point; however the Hawks had a 27-12 lead at intermission.
The third quarter came and went with the score still 27-12.
The Jags scored on a breakaway run about midway through the fourth and capped it with a two-pointer by Albert Grim to make it a 27-20 game.
The Hawks had a few more chances but couldn’t punch it in. They stopped the Jags’ last threat when the Hawk defense caused a fumble at the 30. The horn sounded with the score 27-20.
Coach Brown tagged David Bowen as the most valuable player of the game.
“He (Bowen) broke his thumb in the last game but he only missed one practice,” he said. “Tonight he went non-stop. He is completely dedicated.”
The Hawks (3-5 overall and 1-3 in the district) travel to Byhalia (0-8) this Friday night to face another division foe in the Indians. They follow one that one with the regular season finale versus division opponent Lewisburg October 31 at home.
“We’re in playoff mode now,” Coach Brown said. “If we win these last two, we get in, and we could be a dangerous three or four seed (in the playoffs).”
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