Hawks swarm Pitts­burg, win opener

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Brian Tyl

Pleas­ant Grove im­planted a virus in Pitts­burg’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

The Hawks outscored the Pi­rates, 45-6, in the lat­ter part of the game and rolled to a 45-20 vic­tory at Hawk Sta­dium on Fri­day in a District 6-4A matchup.

“Pitts­burg jumped out on us be­cause they have a good foot­ball team,” Pleas­ant Grove head coach Josh Gib­son said. “They have some phe­nom­e­nal ath­letes, and we knew it was go­ing to be a war. To come back from 14 down and outscore them 45-6, shows how re­silient our kids are.

“We were play­ing a lit­tle too safe at first. They have kids over there that will play Divi­sion one col­lege foot­ball. Our kids started play­ing hard and started to be them­selves. They were calm, and we forced three turnovers.”

Tyler Kel­ley made two in­ter­cep­tions for the Hawks and re­turned one for 35 yards.

Pleas­ant Grove took a 28-20 half­time lead and built it to 35-20 af­ter Jack­son Cobb grabbed a 2-yard pass from Ben Har­mon.

Har­mon passed for four touch­downs on 6-of-12 pass­ing, and rushed for two more to lead the Hawks. Har­mon fin-

ished with 152 yards through the air and 52 yards rush­ing.

The fourth quar­ter be­longed to Pleas­ant Grove as kicker Dil­lon Wil­liams booted a 31-yard field goal to make it 38-20. Kam­ren Woods in­ter­cepted a pass on the en­su­ing Pitts­burg pos­ses­sion to give the Hawks back the ball.

Brett Walker, who had two touch­down grabs, caught a pass from Har­mon and sped 41 yards down the left side­line to put Pleas­ant Grove up by 25 points late in the fourth.

Af­ter Pitts­burg jumped out to a 14-0 lead, Pleas­ant Grove scored 28 unan­swered points to take a 28-14 lead with 2:49 left un­til half­time.

Jay­lon Jim­mer­son threw a 12-yard pass to Keon­tae Burns for the game’s first score, and tossed a 49-yard pass to Grif­fin for a TD.

Lan­don Jack­son grabbed a 20-yard pass from Har­mon late in the first quar­ter to cut the Hawks’ deficit in half.

Kel­ley in­ter­cepted a Jim­mer­son pass and fell in the end zone for the touch­back. The catch pre­vented the Pi­rates from scor­ing as they were on PG’s eight-yard line.

On the en­su­ing Pitts­burg pos­ses­sion, the Black Hawk de­fense forced a three­and-out. The snap was bad, the punter picked up the loose ball and stum­bled back­wards. The Hawks tack­led the punter at the Pi­rates’ 12-yard line.

Har­mon ran the ball in from three yards out to knot the game at 14-all.

Brett Walker grabbed a pass from Har­mon and sped down the field 59 yards for the go-ahead Hawk touch­down with 7:44 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Kel­ley re­turned a Pitts­burg punt 22 yards as PG set up on the Pi­rates’ 36-yard line. Har­mon capped the drive with a three-yard run to give the Hawks a 28-14 lead late in the sec­ond.

Keithlen Grif­fin caught a 48-yard pass from Jim­mer­son for a Pitts­burg touch­down, but the 2-point run failed. Pleas­ant Grove went into the locker room up 28-20.

Grif­fin led all re­ceivers with eight catches for 200 yards.

James Wig­gins was the game’s lead­ing rusher for Pleas­ant Grove with 85 yards on 19 car­ries, while team­mate Bruce Gar­rett was right be­hind with 82 yards on 12 totes.

The Hawks (5-2, 1-0) travel to Gilmer to take on the Buck­eyes at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day. Pitts­burg 14 6 0 0 — 20

Pleas­ant Grove 7 21 7 10 — 45

First Quar­ter

PITT-Keon­tae Burns 12 pass from Jay­lon Jim­mer­son (Gio­vanny Ro­jas kick), 9:08 PITT-Keithlen Grif­fin 49 pass from Jim­mer­son (Ro­jas kick), 6:15

PG-Lan­don Jack­son 20 pass from Ben Har­mon (Dil­lon Wil­liams kick), 2:58Se­cond Quar­ter

PG-Ben Har­mon 3 run (Wil­liams kick), 9:23 PG-Brett Walker 59 pass from Har­mon (Wil­liams kick), 7:44

PG-Har­mon 3 run (Wil­liams kick), 2:49 PITT-Grif­fin 48 pass from Jim­mer­son (run failed), 0:47 Third Quar­ter

PG-Jack­son Cobb 2 pass from Har­mon (Wil­liams kick), 7:21

Fourth Quar­ter

PG-Wil­liams 31 field goal, 10:38

PG-Walker 41 pass from Har­mon (Wil­liams kick), 2:50 PITT PG

First Downs 13 18

Yards Rush­ing 18-50 45-241

Yards Pass­ing 283 152

Passes A-C-I 31-17-3 12-6-0

Fum­bles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penal­ties 1-5 3-15

Punts-Avg. 2-26.0 3-32.0 IN­DI­VID­UAL STA­TIS­TICS RUSH­ING—Keon­tae Burns 1-1, Jay­lon Jim­mer­son 11-82, Des­mond Allen 3-7, team 4-(mi­nus 40). Pleas­ant Grove, James Wig­gins 19-85, Bruce Gar­rett 12-82, Ben Har­mon 11-51, Cobb 2-22, Nick Mar­tin 1-1.

PASS­ING—Pitts­burg, Jim­mer­son 17-31-3-283. Pleas­ant Grove, Har­mon 6-12-0-152.

RE­CEIV­ING—Pitts­burg, Burns 4-45, Grif­fin 8-200, Bray­don Py­ron 1-6, Ty Jor­dan 1-5, Pro­mous Mor­ri­son 1-23, Ma­son Monts 1-1, Allen 1-1, Richard Rogers 1-2. Pleas­ant Grove, Cobb 2-13, Walker 2-100, Jack­son 1-20, Mar­cus Bur­ris 1-19.

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