Hawks squander second half lead
The Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team let one get away on Friday as they lost to the McCormick High Chiefs by a score of 22-20.
Blackville-Hilda High played well for three quarters, fell apart mostly in the fourth and still had a chance to win.
Trailing 22-20 with under two minutes to play, the Hawks were driving for the go-ahead touchdown with the ball at the Chiefs’ four-yard line. The Hawks then squandered their chances with a miscue on from the center to quarterback snap. On the play, the call sailed over the quarterback’s head and was retained by the Hawks at their 18-yard line. The Hawks, however, never recovered from the mistake. The scoring threat quickly ended after the team failed to complete a pass on their next three attempts.
“It’s tough when you lose games like this,” Blackville-Hilda High interim coach Chris Lark said. “It looked like we had control of the game, then just fell apart with mistakes in the fourth quarter.”
The Hawks, coming off an impressive win over Great Falls High, got on the scoreboard on their second possession.
A 73-yard drive that was highlighted by a 12-yard run by Derek Faust on third down and eight ended with quarterback Tyreus Bryars tossing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Isaac.
The Chiefs responded on the ensuing possession. Aided by a pass interference call, the Chiefs drove to the Hawks’ four-yard line. Moments later, quarterback Dillon Walters finished off the nine-play drive with a three-yard run. The kick was good.
Trailing 7-6 early in the third quarter, the Hawks soared back to take command of the game.
The Hawks appeared to put the game out of reach on touchdown runs by Derek Faust and John Williams. The scores gave the Hawks a 20-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs fought back, though, in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs were sparked by Mataeo Durant, who had 123 yards rushing for the game and scored twice in the fourth quarter.
For the Hawks offensively, Juwahn Isaac had 67 yards rushing and a touchdown. Derek Faust ran for 43 yards and a touchdown and Ja’Quavian James caught four passes for 79 yards. Jamal Isaac, who had 10 tackles in last week win over Great Falls, finished with seven stops. Players with six tackles include Dawon Joyner, Darius Washington and Denzel Saxon.