Photo by DeMill DixonHolly High’s Kadarreon Lumpkin (3) finds some running room. He rushed for 152 yards Friday night. Also pictured are teammates Xavier Scruggs (17, background) and Rahmel Campbell (5, at right). The Hawks host North Panola this week.
Photos by DeMill DixonGoing for the football, along with a Wildcat, are Holly High’s Xavien Phelps (14) and Antonio Evans (23).
Quarterback Dylan King (2) releases a pass for the Hawks Friday.
Hawks come up short versus ’Cats
Holly Springs let a district win slip away Friday night.
“We pretty much shot ourselves in the foot,” coach Donald Deans said.
The Hawks “had two big turnovers on important drives,” he said, and fell to Independence 22-12.
Holly High dropped to 5-3 overall and 0-2 in Region 2-3A. The Wildcats improved to 4-4 and 1-1 in the district.
The Hawks trailed 7-6 at the half. Their touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from Dylan King to Rahmel Campbell. The two-point attempt was not successful.
Independence upped its lead to 14-6 in the third.
Holly High answered with Kadarreon Lumpkin’s 55-yard run to the end zone, but could not convert the two-point try which would have tied the game.
The Wildcats got a fourth-quarter score and two-point conversion to win by 10.
Lumpkin had a big night running the football – 25 carries for 152 yards.
The top tackler for the Holly Springs defense was G’Tavin Terrell with eight solos and six assists.
“Defensively, we were on the field a lot,” Deans said. “We made some big stops but they had a short field at times due to our turnovers.”
The Hawks have three regular season games remaining – all versus district foes. Next up is North Panola at home this Friday night. The Cougars are 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the district. They’re coming off a 52-6 rout of Coahoma AHS.
“We have to tighten up some things and finish strong and make a good run for the playoffs,” Deans said.