Thursday, September 24, 2009
Mistakes saddle Hawks with loss at Coahoma
By BARRY BURLESON
The turnover bug continued to bite Holly High Friday night in a 20-0 loss at Coahoma County.
The Hawks saw their record fall to 0-5, all versus non-district opponents.
“Turnovers are bugging us and we can’t shake it,” said head coach Clifford Brown. “It’s unbelievable the way we’re turning the ball over – a lack of concentration.”
Brown’s team got inside the Panthers’ 25 probably six times but failed to score.
“We fumbled twice, dropped a couple of passes and missed two field goals,” the coach said.
“It’s a lack of mental focus in scoring territory. We can’t chalk it up to immaturity – this was game five and we’re still making mistakes we made in game one.
“We’re getting in the right position. We just have to hold on to it.”
Coahoma County’s touchdowns came on runs of 40, 5 and 18 yards. The home team was two of three on extra-point tries. All of the Panthers’ points came in the first half.
“They didn’t do anything special,” Brown said. “Defensively, we didn’t tackle as well this week, and they capitalized on our turnovers.”
William Jones, who the coach selected as the most valuable player for the game, had more than 100 yards receiving for the Hawks.
Brown said he will likely making some changes this week. He plans to move Demetri Oliver to tailback and Dean Bridgeforth to quarterback with more focus on the running game.
Holly Springs High School travels to Shelby Broad Street this Friday night for its final non-division contest.
“We have to keep plugging along,” Brown said. “We need a win for our own psyche. Our guys need to keep believing in each other and maybe the football gods with smile on us.”
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