Thursday, October 1, 2009
Hawks lose on long road trip
By BARRY BURLESON
Holly Springs’ second-half rally Friday night in the Delta came up short but showed lots of grit.
The Hawks fell behind Shelby Broad Street 16-0 but clawed back to within 16-12 in the fourth quarter and had a shot to win it before losing 22-12.
“We won a half but we didn’t win on the scoreboard,” said head coach Clifford Brown, who saw his team drop to 0-6 on the season. “We’re playing hard. Perhaps we’re trying too hard. We’re still dropping too many balls and committing too many costly penalties.”
It was the Jaguars’ third straight win. They improved to 3-2.
The first quarter was scoreless.
Broad Street put up its first points with 5:30 to go in the second period. Quarterback Colton Jackson hooked up with receiver Christopher Mosby for a 69-yard touchdown. Zackary Jefferson’s kick put the home team ahead 7-0.
Willie Bingham cashed in the Jaguars’ next possession. He scored on a 20-yard run with 2:00 to go in the first half. The extra-point try was no good. It was 13-0.
After a Holly High punt, Broad Street got the ball back with 38 seconds to go in the quarter and two timeouts. The Jaguars used their last timeout with 3 seconds left and decided to try what looked to be an impossible 56-yard field goal. Jefferson nailed it for a 16-0 halftime advantage.
“Zack (Jefferson) is a confident kid and we knew he could do it,” Broad Street coach Demaris Mitchell said. “He just did something in the game that he does all the time in practice.”
In the second half, the Hawks got some new life, courtesy of Eldred Milan’s blocked punt. He also ran it in for the touchdown. The extra-point try failed with 6:27 to go in the third period.
Coach Brown named Milan the team’s most valuable player for the game.
“He had three quarterback sacks, put constant pressure on the quarterback and blocked the punt and scored,” Brown said. “He had a tremendous night.”
Holly Springs added another touchdown in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Demetri Oliver found Brandon McKinney for a 25-yard score. The conversion try was unsuccessful. Broad Street’s lead had been trimmed to 16-12 with 5:50 to go in the game.
The Hawks got the ball back with 2:55 to go and had a chance to complete the comeback if they could mount an 80-yard drive. But the Jaguars intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards for the touchdown to ice the win. The point-after attempt was no good.
“We threw in the flat and the ball was tipped,” Coach Brown. “They caught it and ran it in.
“We’re not catching the football. We’re trying to catch it and run at the same time. We had guys open but we had at least four downfield drops.”
The Hawks start district play this week as they host Independence. It’s also homecoming at Sam Coopwood Park in Holly Springs.
“We need to play hard, stay positive and play well early in the game,” Brown said. “It’s homecoming and it’s our first district game. It’s a new season.”
(Editor’s Note: Part of the information for this story came from sports writer Donell Maxie’s story in The Bolivar Commercial.)
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