Hancock parlayed a nice two-minute drill to close the first half into a monster second half Friday night to blank cross-county rival Bay High 49-0 at Tank Williams Field.
Hancock’s offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, gaining 366 yards rushing.
The Hawks’ defense pitched their first road shutout since a 8-0 victory over East Central in the 2002 Shrimp Bowl. The Hawks held the Tigers to just 62 yards total offense and only three first-downs.
“We are 3-0,” Hancock coach Rocky Gaudin said. “We are what we are. I’m proud of our effort tonight.”
Hancock raced out to a 7-0 lead when Steven Good opened the scoring with a one-yard run at the 4:16 mark of the first quarter.
With 1:23 to play in the half, Hancock took over at their own 48. They went to work.
After collecting a first down on the ground, Good hit Brooks Rayburn for 12 yards and connected with Marquis Cherry for 19 more.
Good capped the drive by connecting with Heath Dedeaux on an 11-yard scoring strike with just six seconds left to play in the half.
Elliot Nolan’s kickgave the Hawks a 14-0 lead at halftime.
Hancock received the second-half kickoff and quickly marched 60 yards to extend their lead as Good scored his second rushing touchdown of the evening with a six-yard run at the 8:43 mark.
Good accounted for four of the Hawks’ touchdowns on the evening. He threw for 159 yards and two scores and added 122 yards on the ground and two more touchdowns.
“That stretch before the half and to start the third was big for us,” Gaudin said. “It gave us a lot of confidence the rest of the game.”
Late in the third quarter, Trevor Wheat scored on a two-yard run to make it 28-0.
After a fumble recovery by Corey Smith, the Hawks marched 68 yards in just four plays for another score. Good connected with Dedeaux for a 34-yard TD strike.
In the fourth quarter, Wheat scored again on a two-yard run. Sophomore Blake Comeaux scored his first touchdown on a five-yard run to close out the scoring.
Dedeaux led all receivers with six grabs for 82 yards and two scores. Cherry collected 106 yards on the ground.
On defense, several Hawks had an outstanding evening. Flowers collected 10 tackles, five of which were for a loss.
Chris Brown led the Tigers with 11 stops.
“I’m proud of my kids and the effort,” Tigers coach Ben Foreman said. “We have a lot of young kids and they are getting valuable playing time out there. The short-term results stink, but in the long-run, it will pay off. Hancock is a very good team and they are well-coached. We played with them for a while, but they wore us down.”