Hawks sink Vikings in 44-6 redemption

  • Hawks Dawon Joyner, #53, tackles a Viking ball carrier for a loss in the first quarter.

Blackville-Hilda High’s performance against Denmark-Olar High was probably what coach Chris Lark had in mind.

The Blackville-Hilda High coach wasn’t pleased with his team after last week’s fourth quarter meltdown in a 22-20 loss to McCormick High.

In that game, the Hawks squandered a two-touchdown lead in the final eight minutes of play.

On Friday night in the Hawks’ Nest, his players redeemed themselves by dominating the Vikings of Denmark-Olar High by a score of 44-6.

For Blackville-Hilda High, it was an exceptional performance defensively that paved the way to victory.

Behind the plays of Dawon Joyner, Jamal Isaac, Walter Nix, Kuwan Odom, Juwahn Isaac, Denzel Saxon and Darius Washington, the Hawks held the Vikings to a mere 40 yards of total offense and an average of 1.2 yards per rushing attempted.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 2-2 in the standings.

“Defensively, we wanted to stop the run and limit big plays. I think we did a good job of that tonight,” Lark said. “We definitely needed this kind of performance coming off that tough loss to McCormick last week.”

For the second week in a row, the Hawks’ offense got off to a flying start. On their first possession of the game, the Hawks went 69 yards in eight plays for a score. Juwahn Isaac completed the march with a one-yard run. Tyreus Byars ran for the two-point conversion. The scoring drive was highlighted by a 26-yard run by John Williams.

After another defensive stop by the Hawks, the offense was primed to get the ball again. However, on the punt return attempt, a Hawk player had the ball bounce off his leg and it was recovered by a Vikings player.

With first and 10 at the Hawks’ 26-yard line, the Vikings had a great opportunity to put points on the board. The Hawks defense, however, rose to the occasion and the threat ended with a sack by John Williams and Denzel Saxon on fourth down.

The Hawks’ offense quickly fed off the energy from the defense. On third down and 17, Tyreus Byars kept the drive alive with a 21-yard completion to Ja’Quavian James. Three plays later, Juwahn Isaac completed the six-play, 61-yard drive with a six-yard run by Juwahn Isaac. He also ran for the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 16-0 with 7:14 left in the first quarter.

Down by two touchdowns, the Vikings responded on the ensuing drive. A 56-yard kickoff return gave the team good field position at the Hawks’ 30-yard line.

One play later, the Vikings were on the scoreboard thanks to a 30-yard run by Dentel Nelson. The two-point attempt failed.

Leading 16-6, the Hawks answered the Vikings’ score with two touchdowns of their own right before the half.

John Williams capped the first march with a three-yard run. Then, with 2:01 left in the first half, Tyreus Byars scored on a 34-yard run. The team converted on the two-point attempt to extend its lead to 30-6 at halftime.

“I thought we played a really good first-half of football,” Lark said.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Hawks offense cranked up again in the fourth quarter. The team tacked on two more touchdowns to complete the game on runs by John Williams and Juwahn Isaac.

For the game, the Hawks had 301 yards of offense. Derek Faust led all rushers with 66 yards. Juwahn Isaac had 59 yards. John Williams tallied 53 yards and Tyreus Byars added 48 yards.