October 30, 2014
knocks off Dragons
The Holly Springs Hawks earned a crucial District 2-3A win over M.S. Palmer Friday night.
The 39-18 victory leaves the door open for Holly High, 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the district, to get into the playoffs.
“Everybody came out focused and highly-motivated Friday night,” coach Donald Deans said.
It was “Senior Night” for the home team.
“I’m really proud of my seniors,” Coach Deans said. “And I appreciate the parents and fans coming out. We had a packed house.”
The Hawks had first possession versus the Dragons at Sam Coopwood Park, and they went out on downs at midfield.
On defense, Keivis Reeves beat a pair of Dragon receivers to the ball and intercepted at the 10.
The Hawks were stalled and ended up losing 5 yards, net. They lined up in punt formation, faked it and broke Danny Crumb down the left side line. He ran 87 yards for the score. Deangelo Robles booted the point-after for a 7-0 for the Hawks.
The Hawks’ defense held the Dragons and the offense took over on the 45. Ben Norman ran for a first and then Jaleyone Young went down the left side for another six, putting the hosts up 13-0 after the missed point-after try.
The Holly High defense was still pitching a shutout, as it held and the offense advanced the ball on a big pass to Anthony Sims and then scored on Young’s 1-yard run. The extra-point try failed, and the score was 19-0, still in the first quarter.
The Dragons gained a first down on the legs of quarterback Russell Furr, just before the quarter expired. After the change of direction, the Hawks continued to exploit the Dragons’ offensive line. However, Russell used a fake delay and caught Devin Griffin in front of three Hawk defenders and made the perfect throw. The Dragon receiver caught it on the goal line. With no extra point, the score was 19-6.
The squads swapped possessions a couple of times and there was some controversy about a ball being passed or tossed laterally.
The Hawks retained possession but Crumb’s next aerial was picked, and the Dragons took over. They eventually faced a fourth and four at the 28.
Reaves was the lone Hawk receiver and he fielded the punt at the 48. He picked up solid blocking all the way to the end zone. Robles’ boot made it 26-6 with four and a half minutes left in the half.
Holly High put up a strong defensive front and had the ball back in less than two minutes. Young took a handoff, ran right and then reversed the field and left everybody in his wake for 85 yards and a touchdown Another successful kick by Robles and the Hawks celebrated a 33-6 halftime score.
The Hawks got the ball in the third quarter, gave it up and then Reaves intercepted a Martavious Jones pass and scored. The conversion-try failed, but the score had advanced again to 39-6.
Jones, who had taken over the Dragon offense, scored on a QB sneak – no PAT but they inched a bit closer at 39-12.
The Hawks used their downs but had to punt and gained some ground on a fumbled kick recovered by Joe Stone. It gave the Hawks excellent field position but they couldn’t capitalize before the third ended.
The Dragons kept punching on the ground and Jones scored on a second buck up the middle. Again, the conversion-try was unsuccessful. It was 39-18.
The Hawks had another scoring opportunity but didn’t turn it into points. The final was 39-18.
Holly High travels to district-leading Charleston this Thursday night to finish the regular season.
North Panola plays Independence this weekend in another crucial district contest that will figure into the Hawks’ playoff fate. North Panola is also 2-2 in the district and Independence is 1-3.
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