Hancock held off a late charge from West Harrison to win 21-7 in high school football Friday night.
The Hawks are now 2-0.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Hawks coach Rocky Gaudin said. “We did not play as good as we had wanted to, but we did what we had to do.”
The Hawks stumbled out of the gates, fumbling on their second play from scrimmage and giving the Hurricanes the ball at the Hawks’ 34-yard line.
Hancock’s defense, however, stopped the Hurricanes on fourth-and-3. Hancock’s Tyler Kapp led the defensive surge with two tackles for a loss.
Hancock took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter when quarterback Steven Good scored on a 2-yard run. Elliot Nolan added the extra point.
West Harrison quickly got into the red zone when Dylan Anderson connected with Hunter Sonnier for 54 yards, but the drive stalled when Zack Flowers stuffed Zavion Pride for a 5-yard loss and Trenton Ladner snuffed out a fourth-down run.
Taking over at its 10 with 7:31 to play in the half, Hancock embarked on a 16-play drive that chewed up most of the remainder of the half.
Good scored on a short run to put Hancock up 14-0.
The half ended on an interception by Hancock’s Michael Durr.
“I thought our defense bailed us out several times,” Gaudin said. “Other than a few plays, I thought we played well on defense all night.”
Hancock extended its lead to 21-0 early in the fourth quarter when Good scored his third touchdown on a 10-yard run.
Good finished the game with 91 yards on 22 carries. Marquis Cherry added 97 yards on 15 carries.
Chase McDonald led all Hawks receivers with five catches for 51 yards.
Late in the fourth, the Hurricanes made things interesting.
Anderson connected with Darrian Brown on an 84-yard touchdown pass to cut Hancock’s lead to 21-7 with 4:18 left to play.
West Harrison recovered an on-sides kick and picked up a first down behind a 16-yard run by Pride to reach the Hawks 41.
The drive went no further, however, as the Hawks made their fourth stop of the game on a fourth-down play.
“West Harrison has a lot of athletes and they played with a lot of heart,” Gaudin said. “Our offense made some mistakes, but they were able to control the clock and win it at the end.”