Thursday, August 25, 2011
Holly High falls to Coldwater
By BARRY BURLESON
Unfortunately for Holly Springs High School, the turning point in Friday night’s season-opening loss was an injury to its quarterback.
The Hawks led 14-12 in the fourth quarter when senior Jaren King was hit and rolled and dislocated his hip. Coldwater rallied for an 18-12 win, and Holly High lost King for the season.
“When he went out, everybody relaxed,” coach Marcus Autry said. “Our guys were shell-shocked. He’s a leader on this football team. It was just a freak accident.”
King, named the Hawks’ most valuable player for the game, rushed for 175 yards and a score versus the Cougars and also threw for a touchdown.
All of Holly High’s points came in the first half as they built a 14-6 lead at the intermission.
Eric Hardin caught the 63-yard scoring toss from King. The extra-point try failed.
In the second quarter, King ran 75 yards for a touchdown, and then Hardin scored the two-point conversion.
“Offensively, we moved the ball up and down the field,” Coach Autry said. “We need to pick up the blitzes better. We had two major turnovers – one on fumbled a punt and then we fumbled the ball away on a series while we were driving.”
Hardin, in addition to the long touchdown catch and the two-point conversion, had 56 yards rushing. Ronnell Boyland had 25 yards rushing.
Defensively, Autry said his squad has to do a better job tackling.
“We’re hitting guys, but not wrapping up,” he said.
Boyland had three and a half tackles and a tackle for loss. Tevin Jones had two tackles and two sacks.
Coach Autry, in his second season, said he continues to see improvement in his Hawks.
“We are getting better,” he said. “We have to get our guys to jell. We have to get everybody on the same page, and we have to make plays.
“The desire and aggression are there. We just have to get the small things fixed.”
The coach also said he saw too many flags on his Hawks.
“We have to stop the foolish penalties – holding and linemen blocking downfield,” Autry said.
He feels confident someone will step up and fill the quarterback slot with the season-ending injury to King.
“We have Peter Thigpen (a senior) and a couple of freshmen who will get a lot of reps in practice this week, and whoever wins the battle during the week will be the starter Friday night.”
That’s when the Hawks travel to the Delta to face J.F. Kennedy, a 48-19 loser to Bruce in week one of the season.
“They’ve got a very good quarterback,” Coach Autry said. “We better be ready to play.”
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