Photo by Barry BurlesonKedarreon Lumpkin (3) of Holly High turns the corner for a big run versus Ethel in a jamboree contest last Friday.
Photos by Barry BurlesonThe Hawks’ Joshua Kimble (33) gets blocking help and breaks free for a good gain versus Ethel.
Marquise Turnage (6) of Holly Springs reels in a touchdown pass from quarterback Dylan King in the jamboree win over Ethel.
Hawks build confidence in jamboree
Holly Springs had a successful tune-up to the season ahead Friday in a jamboree at Coffeeville.
The Class 3A Hawks dominated a pair of smaller schools and now look ahead to a greater challenge, facing cross-county rival and Class 4A Byhalia to start a new campaign.
“I think the jamboree was a plus,” head coach Donald Deans said. “It was a great confidence builder. Our kids came out of the jamboree looking forward to practice this week.
“We know we will be facing a bigger team this week. We know our opponent this week will be much tougher.”
Holly High crushed Ethel 30-0 in its first 15-minute quarter of action last Friday.
Kadarreon Lumpkin got the Hawks on the scoreboard via a 30-yard run. Dylan King threw to Xavier Scruggs for the two-point conversion.
On their next offensive series, Joshua Kimble got loose for 70 yards and six points. A pass try for the conversion fell incomplete.
Holly High scored again on Lumpkin’s 44-yard carry. G’Tavin Terrell cashed in the two-pointer.
The Hawks wrapped up their point production when King threw to a leaping Marquise Turnage for a 41-yard touchdown. Timothy Jeffries ran for the conversion.
In its other 15-minute contest, Holly Springs knocked off Coffeeville 14-0.
Turnage caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from King, and Roy Vaughn carried for the two.
The other touchdown came on Terrell’s 8-yard run.
Coach Deans was pleased with the defense pitching a shutout in the two quarters, plus the production of the offense.
However, after watching the film, he said, “We have a lot of work to do on technique.”
He said practices this week will be “huge for us” leading up to facing the Indians Friday night at 7 on the road. Byhalia has won three straight in the series.
“We know we can improve in certain areas, and we have to do that,” Deans said.
“Thankfully, we came out of the jamboree with no injuries.
“Byhalia is a good rivalry. We have to be very disciplined. We have to play extremely hard and swarm to the football defensively.
“We know it is going to be a challenge against a good football team.”