Thursday, August 18, 2011
Autry sees progress in Hawks
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Marcus Autry left Corinth Friday night excited about the performance of his Holly Springs Hawks in a jamboree.
They beat Alcorn Central 6-0 and lost to Corinth 3-0 in a 12-minute quarter versus each school.
“We did well defensively,” he said. “I saw some licks being passed. And offensively, we moved the ball well.”
The Hawks’ only touchdown of the night, versus the Bears, came on a 35-yard pass from quarterback Jaren King to wide receiver Tevin Jones.
“We mixed it up some,” Autry said. “But we have to establish the run. That’s our main focus. We’re going to have to run the football.”
Alcorn Central will be a Region 1-3A opponent of Holly Springs this season.
He said the foe Friday night in quarter number two, Corinth, was a solid football team, probably better than anyone Holly High faced last year when it finished 1-9.
“It was a true test for us to see where we are,” he said about the 4A opponent. “We knew they were going to be fast and strong.”
He was particularly proud of his defense against the Warriors.
“They feature a great running back, and we really hit him,” Autry said. “We held them out of the end zone, and last year we would have laid down. It helped our confidence.”
The jamboree was successful in evaluating the team and getting ready for this Friday’s season opener at home versus Coldwater.
“We found some guys who can hit and some guys who can play different positions,” the coach said. “We’re still not where we need to be, but we saw improvement. The weight room has helped our guys.”
He said both Eric Hardin and Peter Thigpen played well on offense and defense.
Coldwater, a Class 1A school, made the state playoffs last season.
“We expect them to be a tough opponent,” Autry said.
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