What a difference a week has made for the Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team.
Last week against North High School, the Hawks performed admirably on both sides of the ball in a blowout victory.
However, on Friday night against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High in the Hawks' Nest, it was a different story for Blackville-Hilda High.
Crippled by mistakes and turnovers, the Hawks never got on track, falling to the Trojans by a score of 26-14.
For the Hawks, ball security was their biggest issue with four fumbles, including one that was recovered for a touchdown.
With the loss, Blackville-Hilda High drops to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in region play.
Blackville-Hilda High coach David Berry said the team beat themselves with mistakes.
"It's hard to sustain drives when you have penalties and turnovers," Berry said. "Defensively, we would make a good play, then turn around and give up a big play."
Blackville-Hilda High controlled the momentum at the start of the game. A Hawks' defense that played superbly against North High came out fired up on its first series.
A group led by Justin Hope, Ricky Williams, Andrea Jones, Trevin Rivers and Dwayne Prophet forced the Trojans to a three-and-out on their first possession of the game.
Blessed with good field position at midfield, the Hawks' offense pounded out two first downs on runs by Darren Ford.
The drive, however, came away empty on the drive when the Trojans recovered a fumble on fourth and goal at the five-yard line.
"We had a good opportunity to punch in a score at the start of the game. When we had the ball in that close, we have to be able to put it in the end zone," Berry said.
Behind the hard running of Jarius Jenkins, who had runs of 13 and 12 yards, the Trojans drove from the shadow of their endzone to the Hawks' 44-yard line.
After the drive stalled at the Hawks' 40-yard line, the Trojans' punt on fourth down pinned the Hawks inside their five-yard line.
One play later, the Hawks lost the handle on the football again. This time, it cost them on the scoreboard when Greg Bowens of the Trojans recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
Down 6-0, the Hawks redeemed themselves in the ensuing kickoff. On the play, Ford hauled in the ball in the middle of the field. Ford then darted to the left and exploded through an opening for a 85-yard return. Joseph Staley's kick gave the Hawks a 7-6 lead with 6:38 left in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, that would be the only offensive fireworks for awhile.
The Trojans stormed back, scoring three touchdowns before the half for a 26-7 lead.
In the second half, the Hawks tried to get back into the game. Ford scored on a six-yard run with 8:23 left, but that was as close as the score would get.
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