Hancock’s running game and defense helped shut out Gautier
Blake Comeaux scored three touchdowns and Hancock turned back Gautier twice inside the 5 as the undefeated Hawks posted a 24-0 victory over the Gators on Friday at Brett Favre Field.
Comeaux scored on runs of 2, 1 and 5 yards. He amassed 114 rushing yards on 27 attempts as the Hancock offensive line dominated the Gator front.
Hancock is now 3-0 while Gautier fell to 1-2.
“Our offense is predicated on what we see,’’ Hancock first-year head coach Neil Lollar. “If we are able to get run looks, we are going to run it. It’s a good thing to be versatile. Our offensive coordinator called a great game. Our kids were ready to play. I was pleased with their effort.
“We put a lot of weight on our (offensive line). Comeaux understands his role. He is a ‘pound-it’ back.’’
Hancock took advantage of a poor center snap to punter Kyle Gager, and the Hawks took over the ball at the Gator 17 in the first quarter. Four plays later, Comeaux scored from the 2. Elliott Nolan hit the first of three extra points. He would also kick a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Gautier then drove from its 20 to the Hancock 2. But quarterback Kameron Kincaid was stripped of the ball on the dive option, with Chase McDonald recovering at the 5. McDonald would have another fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.
Hancock then drove 95 yards to go up 14-0, capped by Comeaux’s 1-yard run with 2:40 left before halftime.
Again, Gautier marched from its 20 to the Hancock 3. But on fourth down, Micah Kelly was stopped at the 2.
“Before every game, I tell them if you block for me, I’ll run for you,’’ Comeaux said. “It is a team effort, it is not about me. I hope we can keep this going all season.’’
Marquis Cherry added 90 rushing yards for Hancock on 9 carries.
Kincaid provided Gautier’s offensive spark with his quickness and speed. He rushed for 141 yards on 14 carries and completed 5 of 10 passes for 47 yards.
This was Hancock’s first shutout since blanking Bay High 49-0 on Sept. 2, 2016.
Hancock is off next week before travelling to Lakeshore, La., on Sept. 15. Gautier visits Pascagoula next Friday.