Thursday, October 13, 2011
Four in a row
By BARRY BURLESON
Holly Springs put the foot on the pedal early Friday night and never let off.
The Hawks scored on their first play from scrimmage and added five more touchdowns in a 41-0 blowout of Alcorn Central.
It was their fourth straight win. They evened their season mark at 4-4, and more importantly, moved to 2-0 in Region 1-3A play.
“We’re starting to play as a team,” coach Marcus Autry said. “The kids are starting to understand how to work together.
“They’re pulling together and starting to believe, but we still have a long way to go. We still have some fundamentals we have to take care of.”
Tevin Jones rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries (22.7 yards per carry).
Coach Autry said after senior quarterback Jaren King suffered a season-ending injury in game one of the season, his Hawks have learned to accept new roles.
“We’ve had to move some people around and teach new positions, and they’ve been eager to learn,” he said. “Everyone is stepping up. They want to be a part of it now, and it’s making our job easier.”
Alcorn Central, which received the opening kickoff Friday night at Sam Coopwood Park, fumbled the ball away on its first play.
On the next play from scrimmage, the Hawks’ Earnest Blackmon raced 11 yards for the score. Calvin James kicked the extra point.
Holly High would add two more touchdowns in the opening quarter to go up 20-0. Jones scored on runs of 21 and 71 yards. James was successful on one of two extra-point kicks.
The Hawks, on “Senior Night,” increased their margin to 34-0 at halftime.
Derrick Vaughn and Peter Thigpen forced a fumble which teammate Jadarian Delbert recovered in the end zone for six points. The kick failed.
Then Blackmon reeled in a 61-yard touchdown catch from Thigpen before the break. Darius Scruggs threw to Thigpen for the two-point conversion.
The Hawks’ last touchdown of the night came in the fourth quarter when Jones got loose and raced 83 yards to the end zone. James was perfect on the kick.
“The kids are buying in, but we have to keep working,” Coach Autry said.
“Maybe we can finish strong. Our goal (after just one win last season) was to win seven and get into the playoffs. We’re still trying to reach those goals.”
The district road gets tougher this Friday as the Hawks invade Booneville for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The always-tough Blue Devils lost to district foe Kossuth last week.
“Booneville will be a big test for us,” Autry said. “They have a lot of tradition there with a lot of success in the playoffs, too.
“Again, it will be a big test – to see if we can play sound football and play with those guys.”
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