SHAW- There seems to be no stopping the Hollandale-Simmons Blue Devils as they continue to roll over the competition.
The latest conquest occurred Friday night here at Coach Herman Love Stadium when Simmons paid the Shaw Hawks a visit for a Region 2-1A showdown.
Great special teams play from the Blue Devils coupled with huge third and fourth down conversions proved to be too much for the Hawks as they suffered the 36-0 loss.
Hollandale extended its current winning streak to 46 games and improved to 6-0 with a 2-0 mark in the region. The Hawks fell to 2-3 with a 0-2 mark in the region.
Shaw head coach Montrelli Finley expressed how disappointed he was in his team’s effort at times but understands where the Hawks need improvement as they prepare for McAdams this week.
“We had some letdowns out there,” said Finley. “We have to do a better job in coverage and not give up big plays when we have teams on third downs and fourth-and-long. This week we go to McAdams, and we have to do a better job than we did tonight, obviously.”
The Hawks’ first play of the game was their most positive play of the first quarter when Ladarius Rice plowed his way off the right side of the line for nine yards. Erin McCain picked up one yard for Shaw’s only first down of the quarter.
The Blue Devils’ defense clamped down and the next three plays resulted in a total of -12 yards and a punt. On the punt, the Charles Bethany blocked it and recovered the ball giving Simmons the possession at the Hawks’ 26-yard line.
The Hawks’ defense did their job and forced a fourth-and-long, but a pass play from Tyderrius Gibson to Artavius Rounds turned into six points for Simmons. The extra point made it 7-0 with 6:04 on the clock.
The Hawks were forced to punt on their next possession and once again the Blue Devils’ special teams unit blocked the punt to get the ball back to their offense on the 26-yard line.
On the first play, Gibson connected with Steven Johnson on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 3:10 on the first quarter clock. The extra point made it 14-0.
The Hawks tried to put something together on their next possession, but a gain of no yards from McCain, a false start penalty, a quarterback sack and an eventual fumble, which was recovered by the Blue Devils ended the drive.
With the ball on the Hawks’ 15-yard line, the Blue Devils would carry the possession into the second quarter and score off a short run from Gibson. The extra point attempt was no good but Simmons led 20-0.
The Hawks’ offense found a weak spot in the middle of the Blue Devils’ defense and showed signs of progress, but on fourth-and-short the Hawks unsuccessfully went for a fake punt and gave Simmons the ball back on Shaw’s 30-yard line.
This time, the Blue Devils were turned away by the Hawks’ defense, which stopped them on fourth down.
Shaw’s offense picked up where they left off and pounded Simmons up the middle with Jamarion Walker and Kevin Hoskins. Shaw moved the ball all the way down to Simmons’ 11-yard line, but disaster hit when the snap sailed over Walker’s head with 1:15 left in the second quarter and the Blue Devils were able to recover the ball and end the Hawks’ threat.
The halftime score had the Blue Devils leading 20-0.
“We have to put the ball in the end zone when we have a chance,” said Finley. “We moved the ball well, but mistakes killed us. Their first three possessions started inside the 30-yard line so we didn’t make them earn anything tonight, and they took advantage of it like a good team would.”
Simmons added a touchdown from C.J. Williams in the third and Williams added the two-point conversion for a 28-0 lead. Simmons was also able to recover a fumble in the end zone for a score with 2:26 in the third. Gibson added the two-point conversion for a 36-0 game.
The Hawks will travel to play McAdams Friday in another region game at 7 p.m.
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