Thursday, October 30, 2008
Hawks beat county rival Indians
By CLAUDE VINSON
Fireworks started early in this one.
Holly High was first to receive and Darryl Kinkle took the ball to the 48. Chris Scales put the ball on the 38. And the Hawks were threatening early on a first and goal from the four. The Hawks were tagged with an illegal procedure and were backed up five yards. Jamaris Isom went on a fullback draw but didn’t quite make it. Demetri Oliver was more successful on a quarterback sneak. Tyrone Miller successfully booted the point-after try to make it 7-0.
Kinkle’s long run and Oliver’s TD were caught on Channel Five’s “Chopper Five Flyover” by Jarvis Greer.
Byhalia’s Darrell Malone took Miller’s kick and returned it to the 45. Patrick Malone, calling signals for the Indians, went to work from there out of the shotgun. He went to the long pass immediately, but Holly High’s Brandon Thomas beat Darrell Malone to the ball and gave the Hawks possession at their 16.
Holly High faced a fourth and six when they tried a direct snap to Kinkle. The gain was probably a yard. The next play was fumbled and Byhalia’s Jeremy Harris scooped it up and went into the end zone standing up. His play also made the “flyover” coverage. There was no PAT, but the Indians had gotten on the board.
The Hawks called a reverse on their second play after receiving the ball and Kinkle out-paced all the Indians to hit paydirt. Miller booted his second consecutive extra point and put the Hawks up 14-6 with 5:59 still remaining in the first.
After the Indians went three and out, their punter put the ball on the Hawks’ 19. Scales took a handoff and raced 81 yards for a TD. It was called back on a holding penalty. The quarter ended with the Hawks inside the red zone. Isom rushed in after the change of direction and Miller was perfect again. The score was 21-6. That was the score at halftime.
The Indians received to start the second but the offense was still sputtering. They had to punt from their 10. They held Holly High to a four and out and then began to move downfield. They were threatening when Malone tried a long pass which was picked off in the end zone.
The visitors moved down to the 41 and Scales broke away from there and scored. Miller booted the PAT again. At no time in the history of Holly High has there been a kicker to hit four PATs. The Hawks were ahead 28-6. The quarter ended on that score.
The Indian offense came alive in the fourth quarter and the defense stiffened. They stopped Holly High’s deep penetration. Malone called a few keeper plays on offense. It eventually paid off when he sneaked one over center. Darrell Malone converted for two and the score was 28-14.
Byhalia tried an onside kick which was grabbed off the first bounce and returned for a score by Thomas. Miller kicked his fifth consecutive PAT. The game was over with Holly High winning 35-14.
The most valuable player for the Indians was Jeremy Harris and for the Hawks it was Ebon Isom.
Coach Clifford Brown talked about Ebon Isom’s performance and his team as a whole.
“He did a great job on both the defensive line and offensive line and allowed us to run the ball right off the ends,” he said.
“We’ve had some bad breaks, but our kids are still battling. They’re putting it back together. They’ve improved down the back stretch. They played well on both sides of football last Friday.
“Win (this week) and we get in (the playoffs) and then anything can happen. It’s senior night and we’re shooting for the playoffs.”
Coach Markeith Washington, in addition to tabbing Harris as the MVP, complimented Roderick Hardaway for playing cornerback for the first time, not giving up a pass and making five solo tackles. He said Sam Gamble also played a “great game” at nose guard for the first time, making three big tackles in the backfield.
“As for the team, we played a senior ball club (Holly Springs) with class,” he said. “Due to the weather elements, I felt that we didn’t play our best game. We came into the game with a lot of key injuries on defense and it really took a toll on our performance. Still no matter what Holly Springs came with, my young players never gave up. It was a well-fought game and I’m very proud of my team for their effort.
“Now it’s just time to go to the film room and see what we did wrong, correct our mistakes, and get ready for New Albany High School.”
Washington said during the off-season the team’s goals are to hit the weight-room and get stronger.
“We have to teach our team the advanced fundamentals, techniques and responsibilities of football and form a ninth grade football team with the same principles,” he said.
Coach Washington also thanked the Byhalia High School staff and student body for their patience and support during the “growing season.”
The Hawks play their last regular season game at home Friday night against Lewisburg. The Indians will travel to New Albany to close their season.
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