Hawks smash Gators 24-0 in third straight win
By Dwayne Bremer
Sep 2, 2017, 00:49
The Hancock Hawks offense played a little smashmouth football Friday and the defense simply smashed the Gautier Gators, as the Hawks took a 24-0 victory at Brett Favre Field to improve to 3-0 on the young season.
"Tonight showed that we can win in different ways," Hawks Head Coach Neil Lollar said. “We were able to come off the ball on offense and defense and control the line of scrimmage. It set the tone early and carried through all night."
Friday's performance by the offensive line took many Hawks fans back in time to the "Trench Diggers" days of the 1999-2001 seasons.
Devin Ladner, Nick Rose, Destrein Barr, Quinten Fowler, and Brennan Ladner opened gaping holes for Hawk runners who rolled up more than 350 yards rushing on the evening.
"It's great to see all of the hard work pay off," Rose said.
"As a unit we all played well tonight. It's just a lot of fun to see all of us clicking like that."
Leading the way on the ground were Blake "Babby Bull" Comeaux who rushed 26 times for 127 yards and three touchdowns. Marquis Cherry who toted the rock ten times for 83 yards and Rondel Womack, "put the Womack," on the Gators nine times for 74 yards.
Not to be outdone, the Hawks' defense pitched its second consecutive home shutout of the season, a feat which has not been done in Kiln in more than two decades.
Defensive coordinator Bo Russum's unit has only allowed seven points in three games so far in 2017.
After trading possessions to start the game, the Hawks took advantage of a special teams blunder when a bad snap on a punt attempt gave Hancock great field position at the Gator 16.
Four plays later, Comeaux plunged into the endzone from two yards out and Elliot Nolan added the point-after to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead.
Gautier then put together its best drive of the game, driving into the redzone.
Quarterback Kameron Kirkwood ripped off several nice runs on the drive, but he fumbled inside the 10. Hancock's Chase McDonald recovered it at the five.
The Hawks then proceeded to go 95 yards on 16 plays to extend their lead.
Womack had runs of 24, 10, and nine yards respectively, and on the drive that was capped by a one-yard run by Comeaux.
The point-after gave Hancock a 14-0 lead.
Late in the half, the Gators once again drove inside the Hawks ten, but McDonald and Colby McGough stopped Gautier's Micah Kelley at the two on a fourth-down play, with only 40 seconds to play in the stanza.
Hancock extended its lead to 17-0 in the third quarter when Nolan booted a 26-yard field goal at the 7:45 mark.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Gators attempted a fake punt near midfield, but McGough was up to the challenge, and made a big tackle short of the first-down line.
The Hawks then marched five plays to score their final touchdown of the game when Comeaux scored on a four-yard run at the 9:38 mark.
Gautier's next drive was stopped when Brodie "Big Play" Fitts gobbled up a fumble at the 26.
Later in the quarter, McDonald collected his second fumble recovery of the game to ensure the shutout.
Kirkwood was the lone bright spot for the Gator offense on the night. He collected 141 yards on 14 carries and threw for another 47 yards. The rest of the Gators' offense managed less than 40 yards of offense.
Several Hawks turned in stellar efforts on defense including McDonald, who tallied nine tackles, a sack, and two fumble recoveries.
The Hawks will take a week off next week before traveling to St. Tammany Parish on Sept. 15 to take on Lakeshore High School