Thursday, September 22, 2011
Hawks beat Aggies
By BARRY BURLESON
A touchdown and a goal-line stand lifted Holly Springs to its first win of the season Friday night in the Delta.
Peter Thigpen scored on a 2-yard run for the game’s only points. Then the Hawks’ defense stopped Coahoma AHS four times inside the 3-yard line to earn the 6-0 win.
“We needed that win,” coach Marcus Autry said. “The kids are coming together.”
He said the margin of victory should have been larger. Holly High had two touchdowns called back on flags.
Thigpen’s quarterback sneak for a score capped a 70-yard drive. Ronnell Boyland had a big run to the Coahoma AHS 3 before the Hawks crossed the goal-line. A try-for-two failed.
In the second half, the Aggies were knocking on the door with a first and goal from the 3.
“We kept them out,” Autry said. “We turned it up a notch.”
He said a “wad of folks” knocked the Coahoma AHS quarterback backwards on fourth and goal from the 1.
“He tried to keep it, but our defense rose up and got the job done,” Autry said. “It was a huge stand.”
On offense Friday night, the Hawks amassed 173 yards rushing and eight passing. Tevin Jones carried 14 times for 73 yards and Boyland nine times for 58 yards.
Shaquille Faulkner and Tyjae Jones led Holly High’s outstanding defensive effort that led to a shutout. Faulkner had seven tackles. Jones had six tackles and a fumble recovery.
Coach Autry also complimented punter Michael Garrett, who he said “did a great job” of putting the Coahoma AHS offense in bad field position throughout the night.
“He helped our defense a lot,” Autry said.
The Hawks will host Independence for homecoming this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats are 0-5.
“They’ve played some tough teams,” Autry said. “We need to be ready to roll and get ready for district play (which starts the following week, September 30).”
He said it’s obvious his entire team is playing better because “it’s getting harder and harder to pick an MVP each week.”
“Everybody is stepping up,” he said.
This week’s choice for most valuable player was Tyjae Jones, who Autry said “really had to work for his tackles.”
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