Hawkins rolls up yards as Red Raiders win rivalry game

By RANDY SHORTNACY | News-Telegram Correspondent

Sept. 23, 2006 - WINNSBORO - The decades-old rivalry of Mount Vernon and Winnsboro stayed alive Friday night, and the Red Raiders were able to take a 30-7 win over the Tigers.

Jake Hawkins guided the Red Raiders (3-1) to the win as the senior quarterback held on to the ball 17 times and picked up 177 yards in the process, and to add to his credentials, Hawkins late in the second quarter tapped a 43-yard field goal to put the home team up by three at the half.

Winnsboro wasted no time hitting the board and pretty much used the first quarter up with only 49 seconds left in the period. Hawkins kept the drive alive by picking up 54 yards on a third-and-12, giving the Red Raiders first-and-10 at the Mount Vernon 20.

Then on the eighth play of the drive, Winnsboro fullback Chaz Baxter scored in from 14 yards out to cap the 77-yard drive. Hawkins' point-after was good, and Winnsboro took the 7-0 lead after one period.

Mount Vernon came back and answered the Red Raiders when Zach Jaggers found Travis Boulware on a 47-yard strike.

Jaggers finished the evening by hitting 13-of-25 passes for 191 yards, while Boulware had one catch for 47 and a touchdown.

The Tigers got another opportunity to put points on the board before the half after a great stand by the Mount Vernon defense gave them the ball. Jaggers and the offense got down in range for a Landry McGonagill field goal attempt of 37 yards, but the ball hit the crossbar on the goal post and bounced away.

Winnsboro took over and drove the ball down the field with time running out in the half.With 49 seconds to go, Hawkins nailed the 43-yard field goal to give Winnsboro the three-point advantage at the half, 10-7.

The second half was ALL Red Raiders. With 6:56 left in the third, Hawkins struck again, capping off a seven-play drive that covered 54 yards. The kick was no good, but Winnsboro had jumped out to a nine-point lead.

Then with 4:04 left in the third, what looked to be a Red Raider offensive mix-up turned out to be something good for Hawkins as he tacked on another 67 yards to his total for the night and scratched his second rushing touchdown to build the Winnsboro lead to 23-7.

The last straw came with 11:44 left in the game when it looked like the Tiger defense had made a huge stand to keep their team in the hunt. Instead, Allen Williams got the call for the Red Raiders to pick up the necessary yardage for the first down, and when the ball got knocked loose it fell into the arms of Baxter. He took it home 66 yards for the Winnsboro touchdown. The point-after by Hawkins was good, sealing the win for the Red Raiders.

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