Thursday, October 15, 2009
Hawks fall 36-8 on road
By BARRY BURLESON
Holly Springs had a long ride to the Delta Saturday to play Ruleville and an even longer trip home late that night.
The Hawks dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-2 in the district with a 36-8 loss to the Tigers. The game was moved from Friday night due to field conditions. Coach Clifford Brown said the contest was still played in “pure mud.”
Ruleville went up 12-0 in the first quarter. The first touchdown came on a punt return and the second on a pass play.
“On the punt, their kid picked it up on the bounce and got outside and outran us,” Brown said. “On the second score, I thought we had it intercepted, but the guy caught it and ran it in for a score.”
The Hawks cut it to 12-8 in the second quarter. Demetri Oliver had a long run, and then Myron Crittle scored the touchdown on a 5-yard carry. Dean Bridgeforth threw to Oliver for the two-point conversion.
But it was all Ruleville from there, as the Tigers improved to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the district. The home team went up 24-8 at the half and added two touchdowns in the second half for the 28-point victory.
“It’s still just poor execution on our part and not a lot of motivation,” Brown said. “We fumbled the snap three times and they beat us to the ball. Somehow, we’ve got to keep fighting.”
He said in the second half he played a lot of his junior varsity players.
“The truth is, if we keep making mistakes, the young guys have to get some playing time,” Brown said. “It’s been a rough year, and we’re all discouraged, but we’ve got to do the best we can to regroup and get better.”
He said he expects his team to battle in its last three games, starting with a Friday night trip to East Side, and continue to play with class.
“We told them, ‘You have to take this disappointment and make yourself a better person,’ ” Brown said.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. this week at East Side in Cleveland. The Trojans beat Independence 14-0 last week to improve to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the district.
Holly High then hosts Charleston October 23 and Marks Palmer October 30 at Sam Coopwood Park.
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