LAGRANGE, Ga. ---- Huntingdon College's
football team jumped up 35-7 in the first half, before LaGrange
College's offense scored 21-points in the second half of action. The
Hawks (6-4) held off the Panthers (3-6) second half comeback, by
intercepting two passes to stop potential scoring drives.
Huntingdon's success in the first half
came on 45 plays for 397 total yards of offense. The Hawks defense
held LaGrange to only 99 total yards on 34 plays in the first half.
Neal Posey finished the half near perfect completing 10-of-13 passes
for 191 yards and two scores.
The Hawks offense struggled in the
second half, but the defense came up with two big turnovers late in
the fourth quarter on Saturday to secure the 35-28 victory in the
final game of the season.
In the first half, Huntingdon jumped
out to an early 14-0 lead on the first two possessions. The Hawks
scored both touchdowns on the ground from a Courtney Moss 3-yard run
and a 4-yard run by Parker Roberts. The Panthers failed to convert on
a fourth-and-two on their first possession due to a fumbled snap,
setting up Roberts touchdown run.
LaGrange responded with a 4-play 35
yard touchdown drive, capped by Andrecus Lindley's 28-yard run down
the right sideline. The score cut the Hawks lead to 14-7, with 12:39
left in the first half.
After the Panthers scored, Huntingdon
went on a 21-point scoring spree to end the first half. Neal Posey
found a wide open Drew Harrell for the 41-yard touchdown reception
down the Hawks' sideline.
On the next score, Willie McDowell
found himself in the right place at the right time falling on a
fumble in the Panthers endzone on a third-and-goal for Huntingdon.
Posey gave the Hawks the 35-7 lead with 1:33 left in the first half,
coming off a 3-yard dive across the goal line.
LaGrange mounted a comeback in the
third quarter scoring 14 unanswered points. Michael May connected
with Stephen Tuck for a 23-yard touchdown reception, with 2:56 left
in the third quarter.
On the Hawks next possession, Neal
Posey's pitch was fumbled by Caleb McCants and recovered by the
Panthers on the Huntingdon 26 yard line. LaGrange's Ed Russ scored 4
plays later on a quarterback draw from the 8 yard line, with 1:05
left in the quarter.
The Panthers carried momentum into the
fourth quarter when Ed Russ dove into the endzone on a 1-yard
quarterback sneak. The score capped a 14-play 85 yard drive with 9:34
left in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead 35-28.
Huntindgon did not find the endzone in
the second half, and LaGrange held the Hawks to only 59 total yards
of offense. The Panthers second half surge included, 21 unanswered
points and 267 total yards of offense. The Hawks defense stepped up
when Keith Anthony and Justin Brown intercepted passes, ending the
Panthers last two potential game-tying drives of the game.
Neal Posey finished the day 12-of-19
for 102 yards with two touchdowns in the win over LaGrange. Posey
added one rushing touchdown from 3-yards out in the second quarter.
Cody Pearcy rewrote the record books
this season, with 102 yards on 4 catches on Saturday. Pearcy broke
former Hawk receiver Mark Colson's single-season receiving record of
1,028 yards. Pearcy passed Colson in the second quarter on a 35-yard
reception from Posey, finishing the season with 1,078 yards. Cody
Pearcy also passed Colson's touchdown reception record of 9, by
finishing with 12 touchdown on the season.
On the ground, Trevor Manuel ran for a
season-high 31 times and 153 yards in the victory. Parker Roberts
posted 66 yards on 7 carries and one touchdown, followed by Caleb
McCants with 8 carries for 40 yards.
Chase Hughes, Quinn Hambrite, Justin
Brown, and Xavier Singleton all led the Hawks defense with 6 total
tackles each. D.J. Chappell and Michael Jennings sacked the Panthers
quarterback once each in the win. Huntingdon's secondary forced 7
pass break ups and 3 interceptions, by Cornelius Jenkins, Ahmaad
McClaney, and Justin Brown.
LaGrange's quarterback Michael May
finished the day 12-of-25 for 128 yards, with one touchdown and two
interceptions. Andrecus Lindley posted 88 yards and one touchdown on
the ground for LaGrange, while Ed Russ ran the ball 7 times for 59
yards and two touchdowns. Steven Tuck finished with 124 receiving
yards and one touchdown on five catches. The Panthers were led by
Malcolm Young with 10 total tackles in the loss.
The Hawks concluded the season on
Saturday with a three game winning streak, after dropping four
straight. With the win, the 2010 seniors tied last seasons graduates
for a school best 27 victories in four seasons.