Thursday, September 8, 2011
Hawks fall prey to Choctaws; Indians to visit Friday night
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks and their second year head coach, Marcus Autry, were still seeking their first win of the season when they met the Choctaws from West Tallahatchie Friday evening at Sam Coopwood stadium.
The 2A Choctaws, like the Hawks, were coming off of their second loss in as many weeks.
West Tally received the ball first at the 30 and was backed up twice by an aggressive Holly High defense and had to punt when the Hawks declined a third down walk-off. The Hawks couldn’t advance the ball either but did get off a good punt to the visitors’ 24. The Hawks’ front line was still swarming to the ball and didn’t allow any gain on the first two plays. Again the Chotaws went into punt formation.
London Meeks fielded the West Tally punt, shook off a trio of defenders and gave the sparse crowd something to cheer about as he made it to the 26. Two penalties later the Hawks turned it over.
West Tally’s Denarious Howard took a handoff from Lacedric Tenner and cut on the after burners. He outran the Hawks field for 64 yards and a score. The point-after try was unsuccessful but the Chocs were on the scoreboard 6-0.
Holly High turned a pair of firsts, almost making it to the red zone. The quarter ended as the Hawks were penalized for a personal foul. After the home team headed in the different direction, Holly High coughed up the ball and the Choctaws covered it. The Hawks got it back a play later via the same route. The offense sputtered again and had to punt away; this time Michael Garrett’s solid punt pinned Tallahatchie at its own 11. The Choctaws got their ground game going, first with Moseah Daniels and then with Howard.
Each picked up a first down. They lost the ball but got it back on a Hawks’ miscue while trying to clear some daylight after being deep in their own backfield. The ball was placed on the Hawks’ 5. Devontay Hampton scored and Covell Kent backed him up with a deuce to up the score to 14-0. West Tally picked off a Hawks aerial and made it to the 11. The Holly High defense forced a fumble but the period expired before they could capitalize.
Holly High started the third period with the ball and Tevin Jones gave the Hawks a first down in “Tally Land” but they lost ground and then lost the ball on a bad snap. They held the Choctaws and took over on their 1-yard line. West Tally scored on a Holly High miscue, and with no extra point, the lead was now 20-0.
Jones gave the hosts another good spot on the field as he ran to the Choctaw 40. Again the Holly High offense was lacking and Garrett booted another beaut to the opponent’s 14. West Tally gained a first down but the quarter ended with the score still 20-0.
The Hawks got a big break in the fourth and after a penalty against the Chocs ended up with a first at the 3. They scored on Peter Thigpen’s quarterback sneak. Darius Scruggs capped the score with a two-point run off of right tackle. They had put up eight points against 20.
The remainder of the time was run out with both teams trying to gain a late advantage. The final score was 20-8.
The Hawks have to prepare for a tough game against a county foe in the same classification (3A) but different district, the Byhalia Indians. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sam Coopwood Park.
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