Thursday, September 30, 2010
Hawks can’t hang on versus Jaguars
By CLAUDE VINSON
Holly High started this one on defense and went to work immediately.
On Broad Street’s second play, Eric Hardin picked the ball out of the air and downed it at the 16. Brandon McKinney, calling the shots for the Hawks, hit Darius Scruggs on an 18-yard slant for six points. Then Jaren King ran off left end for the two. The Hawks had the first lead in less than one minute.
D. Peterson was signal caller for the Jaguars. He moved his team within one yard of a first down and went for it on a fourth and one. The Hawk defense thought they had foiled the attempt and the officials awarded the ball to Holly High. But the Broad Street staff showed such vocal opposition that the officials brought out the chains. The measurement made them reverse their decision. It was not that beneficial because Dimarrigio Austin intercepted a Peterson pass and downed it at the Hawk 22. McKinney called a fake delay and connected with David Bridges with an aerial that went 82 yards for a score. Austin converted for two more and Holly High doubled its lead at 16-0.
Joe Isom rushed down field and got a stop on the Jaguars’ return man but Peterson used the option and Willie Bingham made a long run to the Hawk 2. Peterson sneaked it over from there. The try for two was good and the score was 16-8 still in the first quarter.
After the kick, the Hawks fumbled and the Jags recovered. Then the Jags fumbled and the Hawks recovered McKinney got into trouble in his backfield, successfully scrambled out and got a first at the Broad Street 35. The quarter ended with Holly High threatening at the 16. McKinney faked the hand off, looked to his right and followed his blockers to paydirt. The Hawks couldn’t manage the two-point conversion but had a healthy lead at 22-8.
The Hawks were applying pressure at every down. Forced to punt, Cordarius James had a bad snap from the Jag center, chased it down and kicked on the run. The ball went to the Hawk 40. Holly High’s offense stalled and the ball went back to Broad Street.
After a couple of plays, Peterson hit Cordarius James on a fake delay and he went 27 yards for the score. Their conversion try was no good but the Jaguars had closed the gap to 22-14.
The Hawks drew a dead ball personal foul and punted after they failed to make up the lost ground. But Broad Street was also having trouble with its offense and had to give it up on downs while trying to convert a fourth and 15 from the 25. The half ended 45 seconds later with the Hawks still on top 22-14.
Holly High received to start the second half but had to punt. Eldridge Milan hit a boomer which took a Hawk bounce and pinned the Jaguars deep in their own territory. They went to the ground game and their backs were hitting the slots and picking up yards. At one point they turned two consecutive firsts and were inside the red zone. They shook off a quarterback sack and gambled on a fourth and 7. Peterson found his tight end Devante James for six. Bingham hit the slot for two more which tied the score 22-22.
Holly High was experiencing difficulty in sustaining ground-producing drives and had to punt. Peterson saw Bingham all alone out in the flat and it was clear sailing all the way. Peterson pulled off a textbook and walked in for the extra points, taking the lead for the first time at 30-22.
It was tough sledding but Holly High turned four consecutive firsts, all on the ground. The third quarter ended with the Hawks in possession and trailing by eight points. After the change in directions, they gave it up on downs.
Holly High’s offense had broken down in the second half but the Jaguars were not letting up. They scored two more TDs with one two-point conversion to make the final score 44-22.
Coach Marcus Autry said a solid first half followed by a poor second half has plagued his team for two weeks straight.
“We have to work and get over the hump,” he said. “We have to keep the gas on the pedal. We’re getting better. I see signs of having a good football team.”
The Hawks will open up district play this Friday, Oct. 1, at Independence.
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