A tough defense plus an efficient offense was the formula for a big win for the D'Iberville Warriors in football Friday night as they downed Hancock 44-14 at Brett Favre Field.
"It's good to get a district win," D'Iberville Head Coach Buddy Singleton said. "I think we came out of the game pretty healthy. I think Hancock is going through a tough time right now, but they made some plays tonight."
The Warriors took advantage of great field position in the first quarter to build a comfortable lead.
Chris Thompson returned a punt 35 yards to the Hawks' 34 to set up D'Iberville's first score.
Five plays later, Jaquelle Green tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Tucker Talley.
Thompson kept the momentum on the Warriors' sideline on Hancock's next drive when he intercepted an Aaron Feazelle pass and returned it to the 30.
Green converted the turnover into points with a four-yard run.
Green paced the Warrior attack on the evening with 69 yards rushing on 11 carries. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 115 yards.
After a Hawks punt, D'Iberville marched 74 yards on eight plays for another score.
I'zayiah Jacob did most of the work on the drive, collecting 34 yards, but it was Green who once again capped the drive with an 11-yard run.
Jacobs collected 64 yards rushing in the game.
Late in the first half, the Hawks caught a break when Zach Flowers recovered a Warriors' fumble at the 29.
The Hawks quickly marched down field and scored when Feazelle connected with Michael Scardino on a 21-yard screen pass for a score with just 45 seconds to play in the half.
Elliot Nolan added the point-after to cut the lead to 21-7.
D'Iberville, however, was not finished in the half. Ty Peters took a reverse 54 yards for a touchdown with just seconds to play in the stanza to give D'Iberville a 28-7 lead at the break.
Peters led all rushers in the game with 87 yards on two carries.
Hancock's Michael Blackwell recovered a fumble on the second-half kickoff at the 39, but Hancock was unable to score, turning the ball over on downs at the Warrior 15.
D'Iberville then salted the game away with an 11-play, 85-yard drive.
Green scored his third touchdown of the game on a seven-yard scamper. The point-after was no good, but D'Iberville was in control 34-7.
Hancock inched closer when Joseph Lizana caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Feazelle with six seconds to play in the third.
Feazelle completed 15 of 27 passes for 168 yards, but tossed three interceptions. Lizana had three grabs for 44 yards and a score, the first of his career.
D'Iberville sealed the victory in the fourth.
Cory Ladner booted a 34-yard field goal and Ja'Quavis Foster scored on a two-yard plunge for D'iberville.