Thursday, October 6, 2011
Hawks win third straight
By CLAUDE VINSON
The football gods were still favoring the Holly High Hawks last Friday night as they traveled to Ripley to contest their first Region 1-3A foe in the Tigers.
The Tigers had the ball first at their 30 with Cody James calling the signals. They moved the chains on a quarterback keeper and even went down to the Holly High 23 before going out on downs at the 25 on a fourth and 12.
The Hawks got their first down on a run by Tevin Jones at the 44. The offense, run by Peter Thigpen, stalled after a couple more downs and the Hawks had to punt. The kick was a good one and it pinned the Tigers at their own eight.
The teams traded possessions during the remainder of the opening quarter and even though the Hawks got a real break on a “roughing the kicker” call they went nowhere. The Tigers were still swarming to the ball and the Hawks had to punt as the quarter ended.
Early in the second quarter, the visitors caught another break when they recovered a fumble at the 20. Again their offense sputtered but the Hawks were well within field goal range and the attempt by Derrick James went wide left.
The first two quarters had been all defense for both teams.
Holly High was in possession with about two minutes left in the first half and picked up a first down at the 29. Thigpen gave the visitors another 10 on a keeper at the 46. Eric Hardin furthered the Hawks’ cause with a carry into Tiger territory. Holly High almost reached the red zone before the half ended at 0-0.
At the top of the third quarter, Jones took a handoff and broke it for 78 yards and the Hawks’ first six. James booted the extra point and the Hawks led 7-0.
Then Issac Bails scored for the Tigers on a 25 yard run and Adonos Dillard kicked the extra point to make it 7-7.
The Hawks took the lead back on their next possession on a 1-yard run by Hardin. This time James’ kick missed its mark but the score was 13-7.
Each team would score again in the fourth quarter – Holly High on a 30-yard trek by Hardin followed by a failed try-for-two to put the Hawks ahead 19-7. The Tigers last score came on pass play from James to Raphael Green. The Tigers couldn’t split the uprights and the final score was 19-13.
This could have very well been a historic game for the Hawks. No one can seem to remember when Holly High had beaten Ripley on the gridiron.
The Hawks (3-4 overall and 1-0 in the district) will host district opponent Alcorn Central this Friday at 7 p.m. Sam Coopwood Park.
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