Hancock Hawks Head Coach Neil Lollar knew his team would need to score a lot of points to beat the speedy St. Martin Yellow Jackets, so he “Put the Womack on ’em.”
Rondell Womack, the Hawks’ dual threat split end was unstoppable Friday evening, catching five passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns and adding 97 more yards rushing and two more scores on 12 carries, as the Hawks (5-1) crushed St. Martin 49-24 in front of a raucus Homecoming crowd at Brett Favre Field.
“It’s Homecoming and all of my family, friends, and all of those former Hawk players were up there watching,” Womack said. “We just had to show out. From the first drive, I knew it was going to be a good night. It’s so much fun to be able to come out here with my teammates and play like this.”
Womack was not the only Hawk to have a career evening on Friday.
Junior quarterback Caleb Garcia achieved a rare statistical oddity, a perfect game.
Garcia completed all 10 passes he attempted for 245 yards and four touchdowns.
The Hawks racked up 474 yards of total offense on the evening, 237 on the ground and 237 through the air.
“Our offense was clicking all night,” Lollar said. “We ran the ball a lot last week, so we knew they were going to try to stack the box. We wanted to soften them up early, so we took some shots. Caleb was on fire. He made the right read on every throw, and Rondell, all I can say is wow! It was the Womack show.”
Garcia connected with Womack for 47 yards to get things going. Two plays later, Blake Comeaux busted loose for 14 yards, and on the next play, Womack took a handoff 25 yards for his first score.
“We wanted to make a statement early,” Garcia said. “We had not scored on the first drive all year. Everyone in the huddle was fired up and ready to go.”
The Yellow Jackets attempted a fake punt on their next possession, but Hancock’s Austin Briley snuffed out the play and tackled punter Sean Gomez for a nine-yard loss at the 31.
Five plays later, Garcia found Brooks Rayburn for a five-yard touchdown pass. Elliot Nolan added the point-after and the Hawks led 14-0.
Hancock extended its lead early in the second quarter when Garcia connected with Womack for a 37-yard scoring strike to complete a quick four play, 78 yard drive.
St. Martin answered on their next drive with a 52-yard scoring run from Ham McGee. Gomez added the point-after to cut the Hawks’ lead to 21-7.
Later in the quarter, the Hawks took advantage of an interception by Brodie Fitts to recapture the momentum.
Two plays after the pick, Garcia tossed his third touchdown of the half when he hooked up with Marquis Cherry on a jailbreak screen that Cherry took 42 yards to the end-zone.
St. Martin cut the lead to 28-10 when Gomez booted a 34-yard field goal at at the end of the half.
In the second half, the Hawks picked up right where they left off, marching 81 yards on six-plays for a touchdown to open the third quarter.
Once again, Garcia and Womack connected, this time for a 44-yard touchdown.
Nolan added the point-after to give the Hawks a 35-10 lead.
St. Martin’s Elijah Washington pulled the Yellow Jackets closer with a 51-yard touchdown run at the 7:43 mark of the third quarter.
Any hope of a comeback, however, was vanquished when Womack scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 13-yard run late in the third.
Hancock’s Nick Irias recovered a Yellow Jacket fumble and returned it to inside the five to set up Hancock’s final score, a four-yard run by Cherry with just under 10 minutes to play.
Nolan booted his seventh extra-point of the game to push Hancock’s lead to 49-17.
St. Martin added a late score on a five-yard run by Landon Pankonin to round out the scoring.
McGee led the Yellow Jackets with 134 yards on 16 carries and Washington added 118 yards on 10 carries.
The Yellow Jackets completed two of nine passes in the game for 22 yards; however, the Hawks had four sacks for 27 yards, making St. Martin’s net passing total -5 yards on the evening.
Hancock’s Blake Comeaux led all Hawk rushers with 109 yards on 20 carries.
The Hawks will travel to Gulfport next Friday.