Hawks fall to the Warriors

Brent Jacobs

Special to the Enquirer

The Danville Hawks hosted Wilson High School on Friday night at Smith Owen Stadium.  The first quarter was filled with good defensive play by both squads with the quarter ending scoreless for both squads. The Hawks were able to move the ball with good solid runs from #17 Landon Tidwell and #28 Zach Baker in the second quarter but were unable to find the end-zone.  The Warriors of Wilson had a deeper squad and were able to wear down the Hawks and finally find the end-zone. With 2:21 left in the second Wilson also added a field goal to go up 10-0. The hawks final drive of the half stalled and after a blocked punt the Warriors would score again when Wilson’s #5 Brown would dive across the goal line. The Hawks in usual fashion did not quit and blocked the extra point going into the half trailing 16-0.

Danville’s Wing-T offensive attack. The Hawks successfully recovered the opening second half onside kick but the second half would not be much better for Danville as Wilson seemed to have the answers to the Danville’s Wing-T offensive attack.  After turning the ball over on downs the Warriors would score to go up 22-0 at the end of the third quarter. Danville continued to play hard and Landon Tidwell found the end-zone in the fourth to pull within striking distance. In the end the Warriors would outlast the boys in purple and add a couple of late touchdowns to take the win 35-6 as the improve to 4 and 0. The Hawks now 2 and 2 get a much needed by week. The boys in purple will regroup after two tough opponents in a row and will try to improve to 3-2 on the season as they travel to Hatton Sept. 23 to take on the Hornets.

There were not a lot of great highlights from the Danville squad from the usual suspects but not from lack of trying. The Hawks struggled to move the ball offensively and the defense had a long night but neither group quit and were able to leave the field with their heads held high.

Though winning the game is always the goal, High School football is more than that. Friday nights in the South are filled with the sounds of what is focused upon through the week by players, cheerleaders, band members, students, parents, friends and oh yeah coaches. Often times we overlook all the positive things that come from this tradition. Friday night football gives a venue for the bands to be appreciated for all their hard work, for the cheerleaders to show their school spirit and for fans to gather as a group for a common goal. It is easy to feel bad about a tough loss but as Teddy Roosevelt said on effort, “Nothing in this world is worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” It is not easy to play high school football as it takes tremendous dedication and efforts that often go unseen. There were positives that came from the game like sophomore Nick Hanners, who came up with two big tackles in the third quarter to squash a Pirates drive and Will Mayfield who stepped up when called upon and as well as other players. The boys in purple will continue to work hard and prepare for upcoming foes. The Hawks will be back in action Friday night when they host region opponent Wilson. The Hawk Nation is expected to be out in force as usual to support their team.

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