Thursday, October 21, 2010
Hawks fall hard to East Side in district outing
By CLAUDE VINSON
High-flying East Side invaded Holly Springs Friday night and returned to Cleveland with an easy district win.
Holly High was first over the ball versus the Trojans at Sam Coopwood Park. It was a very short possession because the Hawks went four and out in a matter of seconds.
The visitors caught the Hawks’ punt on the 35-yard line, but Holly High’s defense held them in check for three downs. They were already deep in Hawk territory so they didn’t debate the “go for it” on a fourth and 11. Lachristopher Lee gave them a first and goal at the 4 and Tavares Johnson Jr. found one of his receivers on a drop-off screen for six. He came back with a flare to Lee for good measure. It was 8-0.
The Hawks didn’t move far from their backyard on their second possession and their short high punt was returned for another score. The Trojans’ fullback came out of the backfield with a straight buck to add the extra pair. With eight minutes left in the first quarter, it was 16-0.
After the kick, Brandon McKinney scampered for 21 welcome yards and the Hawks’ first first down. McKinney called his number again and broke to the right side for 24 more yards and with a little flag help was well inside the red zone. But the offense met strong opposition at the 11 and the field goal unit was sent in. Brandon Galloway booted the 27-yard trey dead center over the uprights and Holly High was on the board with a 16-3 score. Galloway, a senior, had never kicked prior to this season.
Rodrigues McGee took the Hawks’ kick to the 19. Aided by two penalties, they were deep again. Laquavious Jones rushed to the 3 and the setback bucked his way over the middle for the touchdown. Johnson “Lujacked” a pass to his receiver for the extra points to make it 24-3.
The Hawks went four and out but this time got off a much better punt. The first quarter ended after the Trojans had moved to the 47 aided by a face mask penalty. The Hawks held and the visitors punted from their 45.
The Hawks couldn’t make any progressive moves and had to punt. East Side didn’t waste any time or motion as Jones streaked in over tackle for six and they converted for two more to go ahead 32-3.
Holly High failed on the next possession. The only thing helping the Hawks was the flag. Jones was waging a one man ground war against the Hawks and winning. He had a pair long runs called back, one had gone for a TD. The Trojans sent in a fresh pair of legs who scored a 35-yard TD and a two-point conversion to move the score to 40-3 with 6:01 left in the 2nd quarter.
Things took a turn for the better on the next possession, as they Hawks made a first on a keeper by McKinney. But it came down to fourth and five with 1:19 left. The Hawks stacked the receivers and went out on a long pass that sailed off the fingertips of the intended receiver who was heavily covered. The half ended on a 40-3 score.
The second half saw the Trojans send in a new signal caller but Jones was still getting the work. East Side received to start the second half and scored three plays later. By the end of the third the visitors had increased their margin to 54-3. They added another eight points in the fourth to make a final tally of 62-3.
The Trojans improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 3-3A, while the Hawks dropped to 1-7 and 0-3.
Holly High will travel to Charleston this Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff and finish the regular season at M.S. Palmer on Friday, Oct. 29.
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