Thursday, October 20, 2011
Booneville ends Hawks’ win streak
By BARRY BURLESON
Tevin Jones raced 63 yards for a touchdown on Holly Springs’ opening series Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the momentum shifted following that big play.
“We relaxed after that,” coach Marcus Autry said. “The first couple of plays we blocked like we are supposed to and hit the holes, but we didn’t do anything the rest of the ball game.”
Their win streak ended at four as they fell 34-14 at Booneville. Their season marks went to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in Region 1-3A.
Coach Autry called it “growing pains” for his Holly High squad, which is still very much in the hunt for a state playoff spot.
“We did not play good fundamental football,” he said. “We have to learn from it. Booneville is a good football team.
“We have to learn that we have to keep fighting, and good things will happen.”
Mareceo Hopson caught a pass from Darius Scruggs for the two-point conversion after Jones’ electrifying run to start the game. Jones carried 11 times in the game for 67 yards.
The Blue Devils tied it in the first quarter on Dylan Henley’s 4-yard run and Bryson Beene’s conversion catch from Hendley.
Booneville pulled away in the second quarter with 19 points. Touchdowns came on Henley’s 1-yard plunge, Andrew Lambert’s 1-yard carry and a 5-yard completion from Henley to Beene. Tyler White kicked one extra point. The Devils led 27-9 at the intermission.
“We started kind of sluggish after a disappointing loss last week (to Kossuth), but we picked it up in the second quarter,” Booneville coach Mike Mattox said. “Holly Springs has real good athletes, and they’re well-coached.”
The Blue Devils’ lone second-half touchdown came on Xzavier Rodgers’ 11-yard run in the third period. White added the extra point.
The Hawks cut into the deficit with 3:35 to go in the game. Scruggs picked up a Booneville fumble and returned it 80 yards for a score. A try-for-two failed.
Coach Autry named Shaquille Faulkner the most valuable player for the game. He had 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss.
The Devils, on their homecoming, improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the district. Booneville and Holly Springs are tied for second place in Region 1-3A, behind unbeaten Kossuth.
“We’re not worried about looking at all the possible playoff scenarios,” Coach Autry said. “We’re just looking at ourselves – how we can get better. We have to keep working hard.”
Next up is another district contest this Friday at Belmont. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“Belmont is good at running the football,” he said. “It’s a big ball game.
“The main thing is that we control our own destiny. If we win the next two (Belmont and Kossuth), we know we’re in.”
The top four teams in the district race move on to the post-season.
“It all depends on how we finish out,” Autry said.
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