Photo by DeMill DixonLemon Phelps (14) carries for Holly High last Friday night. Blocking, at left, is teammate Antonio Evans.
Hawks score 48 in win
The Holly Springs offense got on track Friday night to the tune of seven touchdowns.
“Our execution was much better,” said coach Sylvester Hemphill.
His Hawks rebounded from back-to-back losses to crush Coahoma County 48-20 at Sam Coopwood Park in Holly Springs.
“We really needed the win,” Hemphill said. “It couldn’t have come at a better time.
“We are going into a bye week (no game this Friday night), and we need the time to get healthy going into our district games.”
Joshua Kimble scored three of the touchdowns on runs of 2, 13 and 70 yards. He also carried for a two-point conversion. The senior ran the ball seven times in the win for 143 yards.
He was also a leader on defense with three solo tackles, four assists and a sack.
“Defensively, we did what I wanted to see us do, and that’s limit the big plays,” Hemphill said. “We’re still not where we want to be in that department, and we have to clean that up some more.”
Dylan King threw a pair of touchdown passes, one for 17 yards to Latorrence Davis and another for 5 yards to Anthony Gulledge Jr.
The other scores came on Demerion Hamer’s 1-yard plunge and Leonard Roberts’ 2-yard carry. Hamer also ran for a two-point conversion. Cam Isom kicked two extra points.
“It was a relentless effort on our guys’ part,” Hemphill said. “I’m proud of them. They are playing hard.”
He said the running game was clicking early, while the passing game is still a work in progress.
“We want a more balanced attack,” Hemphill said. “And I believe the passing game is coming along.”
After the bye week, the Hawks will open Region 2-3A play at home versus Independence. It will also be homecoming for Holly High. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.