After suffering a 21-0 defeat in its season opener, the Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team bounced back with a convincing 28-0 win over Denmark-Olar High Friday night in the Hawks' Nest.
A week after being held to 59 yards on the ground, the Hawks rediscovered its running game against the Vikings.
Fueled by junior tailback Darren Ford, Blackville-Hilda High pounded out 289 yards on the ground. Ford shouldered the ground game, rushing for a career high 207 yards on 16 carries.
With the win, Blackville-Hilda High evens its mark at 1-1 in the standings.
Blackville-Hilda High coach David Berry said the team responded well from last week's setback.
"Just because you get knocked down, don't mean you have to stay down," Berry said.
"Last week, we got knocked around a little. This week, we responded with a good performance. Offensively, the line did a good job of opening holes for our backs. Defensively, we gave up a few yards, but we didn't allow them in the end zone."
The Hawks got their offense established midway in the first quarter with a nine-play, 75 yard drive. Trevin Rivers, who had runs of five and eight yards on the drive, capped the march with a one-yard run. The kick after by Joseph Staley gave the Hawks a 7-0 lead with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
After a three-and-out by the Vikings, the Hawks' offense was on the move again early in the second quarter.
On a third down and two, Darius Ephriam cleared an opening for Rivers to pick up five yards. Three plays later from the four-yard line, Ford took the handoff and barreled over a couple of defenders to get into the end zone. The point after was blocked.
Trailing 13-0 with 8:39 left in second quarter, the Vikings looked to put some points on the scoreboard before the half. On third down and four, Xavier Reed went around the left end for seven yards for a new set of downs.
Two plays later, Rashard Johnson hauled in a 47-yard reception down to the Hawks' seven-yard line.
The Vikings' scoring threat, however, ended four plays later when Dwayne Prophet batted away a pass in the end zone.
"That was a big series for our defense. They had a couple of big pass plays to get them down there, but we stopped from getting into the end zone," Berry said.
In the second half, the Hawks sealed the Vikings' fate, scoring two more touchdowns to put the game away.
In the third quarter, Ford scored on a 25-yard run. Andre Jones caught a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Isaiah Harrison.
In the fourth quarter. Rivers completed a seven-play, 53 yard drive with a 10-yard run. Rivers finished with 45 yards rushing in the contest.
On defense, Jeramiah Priester led the Hawks with 10 tackles. Trevin Rivers and Andre Jones each had seven stops. Dwayne Prophet had five tackles and two pass break-ups.
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