Thursday, August 23, 2012
Holly High falls to Coldwater, hosts J.F. Kennedy next
By BARRY BURLESON
It was a disappointing opening night for new head coach Chris Rankin and his Holly Springs football team.
The Hawks fell 52-20 at Coldwater.
“We felt we were more prepared,” he said. “We just did not execute. For example, offensive linemen were stepping the wrong way and defensively we were not staying with our responsibilities.
“It was disappointing because it was all stuff we’d practiced. We just did not get it done.”
But after watching the game film, Rankin saw positives, too.
“The loss was heartbreaking, but all the errors we made are correctable,” he said. “We did not get beat up; we just made mental mistakes.
“We have a lot of guys without playing experience. The first time, they didn’t make the play, but then the next time, they did. It was valuable game experience for this young team.”
He said, at times, the ball just did not bounce the Hawks’ way. For instance on one play, Coldwater fumbled twice and Holly High recovered, but then the Hawks fumbled, and a Cougar picked it up and scored a touchdown.
“I’d never seen that before,” Rankin said.
He said two Coldwater touchdowns were the result of poor tackling and on two more the Hawks were in position to make tackles for loss but the plays resulted in scores.
“It was frustrating,” he said, “but it was a learning experience for our guys.”
Tevin Jones was the offensive star for the Hawks. He carried 19 times for 161 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
He also ran a two-point conversion after Jaleyonne Young’s 95-yard kickoff return for six in the second quarter.
Jones had a defensive score – returning a fumble 12 yards to the endzone in the second quarter.
The top tackler for the Hawks was Tyjae Jones with six solos, plus he forced a fumble.
“Tyjae has been valuable in practice and had a good game Friday night,” Coach Rankin said. “He has experience and has been a leader for this team.”
Also on the defensive side of the football Friday versus Coldwater, Young had an interception.
The Hawks will look to get into the win column this Friday at home versus J.F. Kennedy at 7:30 p.m. Bruce defeated J.F. Kennedy 40-8 last week.
“It will be a tough game,” Rankin said. “Hopefully, we will learn from our mistakes, get better this week and be able to come out on top.
“Last year they hurt us with the passing game. But our coverage was better against Coldwater, and we need that effort again this week.”
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