It was Homecoming night for the 0-6, 0-1 Hawkins Hawks, but the homecoming victory hopes were foiled by the 4-2, 1-0 Kerens Bobcats who won 28-26 in the first district game of the year for both teams.
The game was tightly played throughout the night. With the score sitting at 20 to 21 in favor of Kerens at the start of the fourth quarter a victory for the Hawks was achievable.
However, at the 8:11 mark in the fourth quarter Keren’s Stacey Bailey ran for a touchdown from the Hawk’s 15-yard line and after the PAT moved the score to 20-28. The Hawks took the kickoff and struggled to keep this much needed drive alive. They converted a fourth and one at the 49-yard line to keep the ball moving past mid-field. And then on a first and 10 from the 27-yard line the Hawks threw an interception. However, on the second play of Keren’s drive the Bobcats gave the ball back to Hawkins on a fumble.
The recovered ball was recovered on the 27-yard line and gave Hawkins new life with a fresh set of downs. On a first and 10, the Bobcats were called for a facemask penalty. With 4:03 left in the fourth quarter the Hawks were in striking distance at the 12 yard line.
It took eight plays and another fourth down conversion from the seven yard line before the Hawks hit pay dirt on a nifty pass from Akim Richmond to Tristian Garrett. The score was 26 to 28 with 39 seconds left on the clock. The Hawks had one chance to make the 2-point conversion to tie the game and send it into overtime.
On a night that was a constant struggle of wills the visiting conference foe left as the victor. After a scoreless first quarter the Bobcats were the first to score in the game, and then they scored again. But before halftime the Hawks got on the board making the score 8 to 14 at the break.
The Hawks quickly came out and got a score to start the third quarter. Starting on the 50-yard line they had four first downs and ended the drive with a 20-yard pass from Richmond. The extra point was missed but the game was now tied at 14 to 14 with 9:54 remaining in the quarter. Kerens then wasted little time and scored on a 50-yard jaunt by the quarterback and at the 9:04 mark they were back in the lead for good with the score at 14 to 21. The Hawks kept the game interesting with a very good drive that started on their own 30-yard line and ended with a quarterback scamper on a third and nine from the Bobcat’s 10-yard line and right into the end zone to make the score 20 to 21.
The Hawks played well this game, but the Bobcats played a little better and came out with the win on the road.
The Hawkins Hawks play again at home this Friday, against Cayuga in their second conference game of the season at 7:30 p.m.