The Hancock Hawks hosted a three-team jamboree that featured Long Beach High School and Poplarville High School on Thursday night at Brett Favre Field in Kiln.
The jamboree was divided into equal segments for junior varsity and varsity action between the three squads. The game featured a running clock for 1/2 of a regulation football game complete with referees.
The jamboree had three classes represented with 6A Hancock, 5A Long Beach and 4A Poplarville who advanced to the Class 4A state championship game in 2018.
Each squad played each other in running clock settings for two quarters in both varsity and junior varsity action. The kicking game featured PAT attempts only in a non-rushed setting.
While no stats were recorded during the spring game, several Hancock players had solid games and were acknowledged by the coaching staff following the jamboree. Just for kicks, Hancock defeated Long Beach in varsity action 35-0 and stumbled against Poplarville 34-0.
On offense, Sebastian Fausett, Jordan Foushee, and Pierre Fowler handled the rushing duties while Kyle Shippey and Chris Bernard had a solid game at wide receiver. On defense, Colby McGough stepped up at linebacker and defensive linemen Da'Kyre Smith and Nathaniel Greenroad had solid games.
Hancock head coach Neil Lollar commented, "As far as the competition goes tonight, I thought we played hard. Long Beach and Poplarville bith presented their fare share of challenges. Both were also different types of looks which will help our young team grow and develop when trying to recognize other teams and their strengths. While there is always room for improvement, I thought our execution was solid as we begin a summer full of conditioning, weight training and perfection of our execution on offense and defense."
Lollar commented on his running backs whom he lauded for their play in the game. They will replace departed 1,000-yard rusher senior Blake Comeaux. Shippey stepped up and had a solid spring and appears to be a lightning bolt of energy to a wide receiver corps looking to replace Division I wide out Brooks Rayburn. On defense, McGough was recognized for having a solid spring and stepping in to follow departed tackling machine Trenton Ladner.
Lollar continued, "This spring was beneficial for us as we have seven or eight guys playing in new positions this year and we have an influx of young players on the squad. Our summer will huge for this team. It will be added time to get more reps at these new positions and give these younger players more time to get used to step up in competition. We will get started in our summer program at the end of May."
The Hawks open their 2019 season against Pearl River Central on August 23rd with the possibility of a jamboree on August 16th. Until then, it will be a summer of waiting and watching for all the Hawks fans. See you at the game!