Thursday, October 22, 2009
Hawks lose at East Side
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Clifford Brown said his Holly Springs High School football team showed lots of heart Friday night at Cleveland.
The winless Hawks trailed East Side, seeking its fourth win in a row, just 16-12 going into the fourth quarter before losing 38-12.
“We had a couple of turnovers and things went downhill,” Brown said. “But we played a lot better overall. I was real encouraged by our kids’ effort. They’re keeping their heads up, and I’m impressed with their attitude and character.”
Holly Springs went to 0-9 and 0-3 in the district. The Trojans improved to 7-2 and 3-0.
East Side racked up 396 yards on offense with 351 coming on the ground.
Meanwhile, Coach Brown said the Hawks also produced over 300 yards on offense.
“We moved up and down the field,” he said. “We had big plays in the game but we just couldn’t punch it in enough.”
Quarterback Dean Bridgeforth threw for nearly 200 yards. He had two touchdown passes - one for 20 yards to Demetri Oliver and another for 15 yards to Anthony Alexander.
Brown selected Bridgeforth as the game’s most valuable player. He also had 50 yards rushing and “managed the game well,” the coach said.
Many of the younger Hawks saw plenty of playing time, and Coach Brown liked what he saw.
“We may have found our future,” he said.
Some of those younger Hawks performing well on the defensive side of the football, he said, were eighth graders Javarderick Mason and Jamar Reese and ninth grader Ernest Blackman.
“We have something to build on,” Brown said. “We just have to let some of these young guys grow up.
“We’ve struggled with our confidence this year, but we’re not folding the tent.”
The Hawks have two games remaining, both at home and both district matchups.
They host Charleston this Friday night at Sam Coopwood Park and then welcome Marks Palmer the following Friday, Oct. 30. Kickoff time for both games is 7 p.m.
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