Hawkins shows Eagles first hand how tough 16-2A will be
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 14, 2006 - HAWKINS - The Como-Pickton Eagles found out the hard way how tough District 16-2A will be this season with a 55-0 loss to the Hawkins Hawks Friday night at Lowrance Field.

"We are working hard to improve every week and the kids played four hard quarters of football tonight," said CPHS coach Joe Ryzman. "We have to eliminate young mistakes and we had some penalties that some of our kids have a hard time trying to overcome."

The Eagles are now 0-6 on the year and 0-1 in district as they host the undefeated Quitman Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ron Heflin Field. Quitman (6-0, 1-0) defeated Alba-Golden 53-0 at Quitman.

"We are going to come together as a coaching staff and look at Quitman and see if we can find a way to capitalize on some of their weaknesses as a team and see if we can't come up with our first win next week," the coach said.

"We are going to try and assert more discipline during practice and try to create more mental focus when we are out in the game, and we are going to prepare our kids for Quitman to the best of their abilities."

Things went down hill for the Eagles from the opening series as Alex Williams was dropped four yards in the backfield on the opening play of the game followed by a two-yard gain from teammate James Carter.

On third-and-12 from the CPHS 40-yard line, Eagle quarterback Austin Darby was picked off and two plays later, Coye Wright scampered 27 yard on a reverse for the Hawks. Arsha Taylor ran the two-point conversion in for an 8-0 lead with 10:08 remaining in the first quarter.

Taylor came back with his first touchdown of the game on a 9-yard run as Michael Macaluso kicked the PAT good and Hawkins held a 15-0 lead.

On the final play of the first quarter, Michael Short scored from 19 yards out. Macaluso kicked his second PAT good.

In the second quarter, Hawkins quarterback Trent Ledkins ran the quarterback option and broke numerous tackles on a 39-yard run with 6:54 remaining in the first half. Macaluso kicked the PAT good for the 29-0 lead.

Hawkins (2-4, 1-0) went into the locker room with a 36-0 lead as Ledkins connected with Taylor on a 21-yard scoring reception with 1:55 remaining in the half.

The second half continued to be a tough one for the Eagles as Ledkins found A.C. Teal for a 71-yard touchdown pass as he tight-roped the CPHS sideline and went untouched for the score. The extra point attempt was blocked with 11:08 remaining in the third quarter.

Wright powered his way in for a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter as Hawkins held a 49-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final period, Keath Shamburger rounded out the scoring with a 13-yard run to give Hawkins its first district win during homecoming. Macaluso missed the PAT for the 55-0 finale.

CPHS has been outscored 99-0 in their past two games giving up 700 yards of offense and finished with 123 total yards of offense against Hawkins.

Alex Williams was the team's leading rusher with 22 totes for 56 yards, while Alex Mowat had 13 carries for 39 yards. Austin Darby went 2-of-5 for 29 yards with two interceptions in his third start this season.

He (Williams) really came on and I was proud of him," the coach said. "Alex showed flashes on being a good running back tonight. If he can continue to do that, he will be an outstanding back in this district."

Ledkins was the leading rusher for Hawkins with 12 carries for 141 yards and one touchdown, while leading in the passing department going 7-of-11 for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

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