Thursday, September 1, 2011
Hawks fall victim to passing attack
By BARRY BURLESON
Holly Springs fell victim to an aerial assault in the Delta Friday night.
The Hawks lost 40-0 in Mound Bayou to the J.F. Kennedy Hornets, who threw for four touchdowns in the first half.
“We obviously struggled on the defensive side of the football,” coach Marcus Autry said. “We did not play good coverage.”
The Hornets surged ahead 21-0 after one quarter – scoring on 27- and 43-yard passes and a 7- yard run.
They added two more touchdown tosses in the second quarter – one covering 71 yards and the other 27 yards.
Holly High was down 34-0 at halftime.
J.F. Kennedy closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run.
“We played better in the second half,” Coach Autry said. “Our guys are going to have to keep giving the effort, and we can fix the other stuff.”
The Hornets evened their early-season record to 1-1. The Hawks went to 0-2.
Holly High lost its quarterback, Jaren King, to an injury in game one of the season versus Coldwater. Peter Thigpen stepped into the role last Friday night on the road.
“As the game went on, Peter settled down and we started moving the ball in the third and fourth quarters,” Autry said
“It was a rough week (last week), losing our quarterback. We’re trying to get some other guys to step up and be leaders. We have to turn things around. We need leaders.”
He said his squad suffered a couple of more injuries during the game at Mound Bayou.
“We don’t have enough depth to get guys hurt and keep rolling,” Autry said.
Michael Garrett was named the Hawks’ most valuable player for the game. He punted six times for an average of 36.5 yards per punt.
The Hawks return home, to Sam Coopwood Park, this Friday. They host West Tallahachie at 7:30 p.m. The Choctaws are also 0-2 after a 26-20 loss in week one to Amanda Elzy and a 24-3 loss last week to S.V. Marshall High School.
“We have to focus on us,” Coach Autry said. “We have to correct our little mistakes.”
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