Thursday, September 29, 2011
Hawks trounce Wildcats
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks took some positive steps to turn their season around Friday night.
They won their homecoming game by an impressive margin and showed what could very well be the makings of a kicking game.
The Independence Wildcats were the victims for the Hawks’ claws soon after they received the ball for their first possession. They were held to three and punt by the Hawk defense.
That put Holly High in good field position, however, the home team incurred two quick penalties which set it back 20 yards. The next penalty was declined by the visitors and Michael Garrett had to punt.
The defense held the Wildcats again
The Hawks lost ground on their next series and then made up for most of the bad yards when fullback Shaquille Faulkner broke out for a first down inside the red zone. But the Hawks later fumbled inside the end zone. The Wildcats took the ball at the 20.
On the very next play. the Hawks defense jarred the ball loose and Tevin Jones scooped it up and ran it in from 30 yards. He got the deuce by skirting the right end which put Holly High up 8-0.
The Hawk defense was still performing yeoman’s service and forced the Wildcats quickly into a punt situation. The quarter ended a play later at 8-0.
Thigpen got into trouble and was sacked on the first play. The Hawks eventually went into punt formation and the Wildcats gave them a reprieve by roughing the kicker. Holly High had to punt again after losing ground but a Wildcat receiver fumbled the ball and the Hawks covered it at the Wildcat 25. The offense stalled and went out on downs at the 9-yard line.
The Wildcats connected on a smooth pass over center which would have netted big yardage but a hard defensive hit shook the ball from the receiver and again it was in Hawks hands and once again they punted with 4:08 left in the half.
Shane Tutor, quarterback for the Wildcats, was finding some offense. He completed a play action pass for long yardage and optioned to T. Newson for 22 more. The Wildcats called time after being penalized and then threw a fast strike to Xavier Wooten for six. The extra-point try failed The half ended with that 8-6 score.
The Hawks started the third with a return by Eric Hardin to the 45. He also got them a first down just short of the goal line. They scored two plays later on Jones’ 1-yard plunge and Derrick James booted the extra point (he would go on to boot two more in succession), making the score 15-6.
The Hawks knocked the ball loose again and took over on the 30. Mareceo Hopson put the ball on the 9-yard line. They were helped by a Wildcat penalty and Jones scored on a 5-yard carry and the score moved to 22-6. The quarter ended shortly thereafter.
Tutor took off and scored on a long keeper, and with no extra point, the score was 22-12.
The game was delayed for over forty minutes when Tutor was injured on the Wildcats’ next possession. He was replaced by Randon Hailey at quarterback.
Holly High scored twice more, one by Eric Hardin on a 5-yard run to make it 29-12 and then Hardin picked off a Wildcat aerial and returned it 52 yards for the last six (no extra point) to make the final score 35-12.
The win bettered the Hawks’ victories from last season by one and gives them a mark of 2-4. Their next game is a district contest on the road versus the Ripley Tigers.
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