Thursday, August 30, 2012
Hawks sting Hornets
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks rallied in the fourth quarter Friday night at Sam Coopwood Park to snatch their first win of the season.
The Class 2A J.F. Kennedy Hornets were set to receive the ball first when William Talley teed it for an onside kick for the 3A Hawks. It traveled the legal distance and was covered by Holly High at the 41. Ronnell Boyland was calling signals for the Hawks. They were stopped twice with no gain at the line of scrimmage. The try for a fourth conversion was too short and the ball went over on downs.
Xavier Roberts, freshman fullback for the visitors, wasn’t short stepping. He took a handoff from Ladaris Johnson and ran to the Hawks’ 45. He tried it again and lost the ball to an alert Holly High defense which caused and covered the fumble.
Tevin Jones bucked the Hornet defense for a first down. The Hawks picked up another first. Then a mixup in the backfield resulted in a fourth and 20. They were short again and JFK claimed the pigskin on downs.
Roberts registered another first down for the Hornets. A face mask penalty put the ball on the Hawks’ 40. JFK was flagged for holding, which was declined by Holly High. The Hawks took over and Boyland sprinted out of the backfield for a first. The QB then connected with Qawtavis Johnson, but the play ended in a penalty. Somehow the Holly High offense had shifted into reverse. The home team faced a fourth and 25 and punted from the 43. That signaled the end of the first quarter with a 0-0 score.
The second was similar to the first. The Hornets crossed into the red zone twice but they couldn’t get past a stubborn Hawks defense. The Hawks had their share of the ball but gave it back on a fumble. The second time the Hornets made it inside the red zone they tried a field goal but the attempt was wide left.
The Hawks took over at the 20 with three and a half minutes left. Danny Crumb took over as the field general. They gained ground and Jones gave them a first down at the 46 just as the first half ended. The game was still scoreless.
JFK’s kick sailed into the end zone and Holly High put it into play at the 20, however, after back-to-back penalties Diondre Dockery punted it on a fourth and 7.
The Hornets stayed in their ground game and went into the red zone for a third time. They had a first at the 15. Johnson handed it to Alshajuan Foster, who swept the right end with a full head of steam and hit pay dirt. The booted PAT made it 7-0.
The Hawks fielded the ball and Jarvis Dowdy moved the chains. But the offense didn’t show again and they had to punt.
JFK’s Eugene Pruitt fielded the ball and ran it back to the 44. They lost ground and then tried a pitch out to Jarvis Lewis with Johnson running interference. The play picked up 24 yards. The Hawks’ defense backed them up to the 42 where they faced a fourth and 14. They again disrespected the Hawks’ defense and had to turn the ball over.
The Hawks were still trying to find the JFK red zone when the horn ended the third quarter at 7-0.
Dockery got off a good solid punt which was mishandled by the Hornets. The loose ball was covered by the Hawks. Jones put the Hawks on the board with a 30-yard burst from the backfield. The extra-point kick failed but the scored had changed to 7-6.
The Hawks’ defense made its fifth recovery at the 24. Jones had been carrying the mail all evening for the Hawks and gave them a first at the 8. Crumb smashed his way to the 3, but it was fourth down. The Hornets held and took over at their 3. It wasn’t good. The Hawks’ defense caused another fumble and covered it for a first and goal. Jones scored again on a 6-yard burst straight ahead and Jaleyonne Young turned the deuce. Holly High had its first lead at 14-7 with under seven minutes left in the game.
The Hornets were probably sensing doom and began throwing caution to the wind. They had to give up the ball a couple of times and the Hawks took advantage. They called on Jones again and he scored again, this time from 46 yards out. They didn’t get the extra point but the score was 20-7 in favor of the Hawks, the first win for new head coach Chris Rankin.
The Hawks went to 1-1 and the Hornets dropped to 0-2. Holly High travels to West Tallahatchie this Friday.
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