The Hancock Hawks’ offense on Friday set school records for points scored and total yardage in a Region 4-6A game as they dominated the final three quarters to rout the d’Iberville Warriors 56-28 at Brett Favre Field.
With the win, the Hawks are in second place in Region 4-6A.
“Everything came together tonight,” Hawks coach Neil Lollar said. “I think we rebounded tremendously from the loss to Gulfport last week. I give all the credit to the kids. They wanted it. It showed when we faced some adversity tonight.”
Points came fast and furious in the first quarter as both teams scored three touchdowns.
D’Iberville took a 7-0 lead Friday when Jaden Walley took a keeper 17-yards for a score on the Warriors first drive of the game.
Hancock quarterback Caleb Garcia connected with Marquis Cherry for an 80-yard touchdown pass on the Hawks first play from scrimmage.
On the Warrior’s first play after the kickoff, Hancock’s Michael Durr recovered a fumble at the 37. Garcia connected with Brooks Rayburn on a 37-yard scoring strike, and Nolan’s PAT, gave the Hawks a 14-7 lead.
D’Iberville’s Ja’Quavis Foster answered with a 34-yard scoring run a few minutes later and Brady Groce added the point-after to tie the score at 14-14.
Hancock marched 80 yards in five plays for their third score. A 50-yard pass from Garcia to Cherry set up a one-yard plunge by Blake Comeaux to give Hancock a 21-14 lead.
Four plays later, Foster broke free for a 67-yard touchdown run. Ja’Quavis Foster led D’Iberville with 152 yards rushing on the evening.
Early in the second, D’Iberville took the lead when Justin Walley returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown. Groce’s point-after gave the Warriors a 28-21 lead with 11:39 to play in the first half.
The Warriors would not score again.
Late in the second quarter, Rondell Womack tied the score with a 28-yard run, and on the first play of the second half, Womack put Hancock up for good with an 80-yard run.
Womack led the Hawks on the ground Friday with 176 yards on 12 carries.
“Once we took the lead, the kids kicked it into another gear,” Lollar said. “We never looked back after that.”
D’Iberville attempted a fake punt on their next drive, but Hancock’s Brodie Fitts snuffed out the play and the Hawks took over at the 45.
Garcia found Rayburn for 23 yards and a first down, and three plays later, Womack scored his third touchdown of the evening on a 10-yard run. Nolan’s extra-point extended the Hawks lead to 42-28 with 5:11 to play in the third quarter.
Garcia completed nine of 12 passes in the game for 273 yards.
Early in the fourth quarter, Cherry scored on a 14-yard run to give Hancock a 49-28 advantage. Marquis Cherry rushed for 57 yards in the game and caught four passes for 177 yards.
Comeaux added a three-yard touchdown run with seven minutes to play to round out the scoring.
Hancock travels to Harrison Central next week.