Thursday, September 23, 2010
Panthers’ late surge buries Hawks
By BARRY BURLESON
Holly Springs and Coahoma County were scoreless for more than half of Friday night’s game at Sam Coopwood Park.
Then things changed, and not in the Hawks’ favor.
The Panthers, starting with a 45-yard run by quarterback Adrian Hunter midway through the third quarter, got five touchdowns in a 14-minute span and blanked Holly High 36-0.
“We played pretty good in the first half and actually had them on the ropes some,” said coach Marcus Autry. “We played hard; we just couldn’t finish. That will come with just playing and maturing.”
Hunter was the sparkplug for the visitors. He scored three of the touchdowns, starting with the game-changer on a fourth and two with 6:55 left in the third.
Hunter then went 48 yards for a score with 4:46 to go in the third and 75 yards for six more points at the 2:20 mark of the quarter. The Panthers were two of three on two-point conversions, both on runs by Hunter. The Hawks’ deficit was suddenly 22-0.
A struggling Holly High offense managed just one first down in the third. It came on a 31-yard toss from Brandon McKinney to Jaren King.
Coahoma County padded its advantage with 7:50 left in the game. Cedric Blue scored on an 11-yard run. The Holly High defense foiled the two-point try.
The visitors’ final score came on a 10-yard carry by Damian Blue with 4:39 to go. Hunter threw to Damian Brown for the two-point conversion.
Coahoma County improved to 4-1.
“We still have a long way to go,” Coach Autry said. “We have to get fundamentally sound.”
The Hawks (1-3) host Broad Street this Friday night before starting district play the following Friday, Oct. 1, at Independence.
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