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Former Hawks Excel in the Post Season
Marcus Smith helped the Cardinals win their second BCS game by defeating #3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Marcus finished the season with 29 tackles and 4 sacks. He also led the team with 7 tackles for loss.
Walter Jackson was a part of the Georgia Southern team that finished 10-4. Georgia Southern made it to the Divison 1 FCS Semifinal Game this year.
Congratulations to all of these Hawks!
Hardaway Alumni in College
Desmond Barmore - East Carolina
Torrie Beard - Limestone College
Jalen Burgess - Nassau Community College
David Hall - Waldorf College
Treavon Davis - Maryville College
Walter Palmore - Coffeyville Community College
Ronald Rosser - Lagrange College
Dearrius Dickens - Troy University
James Triplett - Fort Valley State
Austin Scott - Valdosta State
Walter Jackson - Georgia Southern
Anthony Jenkins - Lagrange College
Marcus Smith - Louisville
Chauncey Guess - Union College
Terrell McFarland - Campbellsville University
Ryan White - Hundington College
Joey Peacock - Hundington College
Jarquise Bufurd - Virgina Union
Richie Schott - Choewn University
Justin Cooper - Savannah State
James McGee - West Georgia
Trevon Hudson - West Georgia
Antoine Greenly - Florida State
Kelsi McCray - Arkansas State (Drafted by Miami Dolphins)
Darrius Phillips - Valdosta State
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2011 Commitment Days
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HAWKS do well in All Star Game
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Walter and Austin were both selected to the GA North/South All Star Game. The game will be played on Wednesday, Dec 29, 2:00 pm at Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Austin was selected to the AJC and AP All State Team Honorable Mention.
Walter was chosen to the AP All State Team Honorable Mention.
1AAAA All Region Team Announced
All Region Team
Austin Scott - RB / All Purpose Player
James Triplett - DL
Walter Jackson - LB
Austin Scott - Kick Returner
Devin Jackson - WR
James Triplett - RB
Jeremiah Henderson - LB
Austin Scott - DB
Ivan Cobb - DB
Eddie Stewart - OL
Anthony Jenkins - OL
TJ Coppage - WR
Alryk Perry - DL
Jerod Coleman - DL
Hardaway's Season Ends in the 1st Round of the Playoffs
By CHRISTOPHER DUNN
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Hardaway fell to top-seeded Starr’s Mill 42-9 in the first round of the Georgia High School Association state playoffs Friday night.
The opening drive was a show of efficiency. Zach Laskey started with a big kick return to set up his team at the Hardaway 35. On the second play from scrimmage quarterback Adam Holley ran 29 yards for the score.
Hardaway’s offense got in sync on its next drive. Austin Scott started the rush with a 22-yard scramble from the wildcat formation. On third-and-long, Joseph Gibson found Devin Jackson for 14 yards and a first down. The Hawks settled for a 21-yard field goal by Raul Echevrria to make it 7-3.
Starr’s Mill was back on the prowl quickly. Holley used his legs again, picking up gains of 22 and 16 yards. Holley finished off the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the game, this one for 15 and a 14-3 advantage.
The story of the drive though was an injury to the Panthers’ star receiver, Georgia Tech bound Jeffrey Greene. On a nice throw from Holley, Greene was sandwiched between a pair of Hawk defenders and twisted his right ankle. Greene had to be carted off and would not return. The team believes it was just a bad sprain, but they won’t know more until later in the week.
Gibson looked primed to answer back, moving the Hawks down the field. Momentum would run out though and they would turn the ball over on downs at midfield.
Starr’s Mill wasted no time, quickly finding the end zone. Holley scrambled for 21 yards, part of his 106 first half yards on the ground. He then connected on a beautiful crossing route to Alex Riddle for 25 down to one inch line. Laskey plunged in for the score and a 21-3 lead.
Heading into the fourth quarter the Hawks showed they still had some fight left. Gibson and Jackson kept up their strong connection down the field, topping it off with a 24-yard touchdown. The two point conversion attempt failed to make it 35-9.
In the battle of offenses, it came out close to even with Starr’s Mill ahead 318 to 301 in yards.
Hardaway had good balance all night with 120 yards on the ground and 181 yards through the air. The Hawks’ Gibson finished 16 of 33 passing for 181 yards and a touchdown.
Devin Jackson caught 11 passes for 87 yards and TJ Coppage added 52 on 3 catches.
Starr’s Mill may have been the favored team, but they came away impressed by the Hawks.
“They play a very aggressive man style defense. We couldn’t get a feel for what they were going do,” noted Panther coach Chad Phillips.
“We knew they were a very dangerous team with a lot of good skill players. They came down here with nothing to lose.”
Read more: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2010/11/13/1344516/high-school-football-hardaway.html#ixzz15JWBYU89
Hardaway Makes Playoffs for the 1st Time since '99
There was a 74-yard Austin Scott touchdown on a hook-and-ladder play, a touchdown pass thrown by wide receiver Devin Jackson, and quarterback Joseph Gibson lined up in the shotgun on fourth down then kicked a fourth-quarter punt that buried a surprised Houston County team deep in its zone.
“We were pulling out all the stops,” Battles said. “We knew if we won tonight, we were in the playoffs, so we were going to do everything we could.”
It all went off with hardly a hitch for the Hawks (5-4, 4-2 Region 1-AAAA), who defeated Houston County (5-4, 2-4) 34-14 Thursday night at Kinnett Stadium to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
“It’s a relief,” Battles said of ending the playoff drought. “These kids did a great job, and the coaches did a wonderful job, too, getting them ready with this game plan. We had a few little mistakes here and there, but we overcame them all, and that’s what we were looking for.”
Hardaway is guaranteed at least a fourth seed and still could finish as the region champion if each of the three teams ahead goes 0-2 to finish the regular season. That also means the Hawks would have to defeat No. 1 Northside-Warner Robins on the road next week.
Scott, who rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns, wasn’t conceding anything yet but said the Hawks were looking at the regular-season finale as a chance to see how they stack up against a championship-caliber team and one that finished as the Class AAAAA runner-up in 2009.
“We already know we’re in the playoffs,” Scott said. “Next week is just an improvement game. We get to see how we match up against the best team in Class AAAA.”
Scott opened the scoring on Hardaway’s first drive, running in a 33-yard touchdown on fourth-and-1.
Houston County’s Bradley Newkirk intercepted Gibson on the Hawks’ next drive and returned the ball 53 yards to the Hardaway 11. Two plays later, Ron Brown ran in a 3-yard touchdown and the point-after kick tied the game at 7.
The tie lasted less than a minute as Jackson caught a Gibson pass near the line of scrimmage and flipped it back to Scott, who ran the hook-and-ladder 74 yards along the Houston County sideline for the score. Hardaway kicker Raul Echevrria made his second point-after attempt of the game to put Hardaway ahead 14-7 but missed his next three attempts.
Jackson sent the Hawks to halftime leading 20-7 on a 21-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Coppage with 31 seconds left in the second quarter. Jackson said Hardaway went into Thursday’s game prepared to control their playoff destiny.
“We really came together,” Jackson said. “We came close to making the playoffs last year, so we knew since last year it was our goal to get back there. We really wanted to come out this week and win.”
With the game already rolling in the Hawks’ favor, Scott broke free along the left side of his offensive line for a 72-yard, third-quarter run. It looked like Scott’s dash might end at the Houston County 15, where three defenders closed on him at the same time, but the speedy senior twisted out of everyone’s grasp and squirted by one more Houston County player for his third score of the game.
Battles said it was as dazzling a play as he has seen Scott make, and Scott said even he was impressed to find himself in the end zone at the end of it.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t even know how I got away from (the three defenders),” Scott said. “I made a couple cuts and ended up in the end zone.”
Hardaway’s Jerod Coleman intercepted a Tyler Hall pass and returned it for a 15-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and Hall was sacked in the end zone on Houston County’s next possession for a safety.
Hardaway’s defense held Houston County to 69 yards rushing, including 47 by Brown. Hall was 12-for-32 passing for 148 yards with a touchdown and threw an interception returned for a touchdown.
James Triplett added 68 yards rushing for Hardaway. Gibson was 14-for-16 passing for 113 yards with an interception.
Read more: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2010/10/29/1324452_p2/hardaway-football-hawks-grab-spot.html#ixzz140BA9fcE
Hardaway Wins at the Buzzer
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
Sophomore Raul Echevarria kicked a 20-yard field goal on the last play of the game to lead Hardaway to a come-from-behind 16-13 win Saturday night over Warner Robins at Kinnett Stadium.
The Hawks were down to the 3-yard line after a run by James Triplett and called timeout with 3 seconds left on third-and-goal. Warner Robins called two timeouts to try to ice the kicker, but Echevarria split the uprights for the winning score.
“He’s a young kid that plays a lot of soccer and has made penalty kicks all his life,” Hardaway Jeff Battles said. “He knew what he had to do and executed the kick.”
The win was historic for Hardaway as it was the first time in the school’s history that the Hawks beat the Demons after 21 straight losses. The win improved Hardaway’s season record to 3-3 and 2-1 in Region 1-AAAA, while Warner Robins dropped to 0-6 and 0-3.
“That was the first time we have played them in the three years I have been here, but someone else said something about that,” Battles said.
Hardaway trailed 13-6 going into the final quarter, when all-purpose wingback Austin Scott started the Hawks’ comeback. After a Demons punt in the final six minutes, Scott found an opening on the first play from scrimmage and cut an inside run to the outside, broke two tackles and dragged another defender into the end zone. Echevarria’s extra-point kick tied the game at 13 with 5:23 left.
“That is why he (Scott) is a member of the (Ledger-Enquirer’s) Dandy Dozen,” Battles said. “You put the ball in his hands and he makes plays. Only someone like Scott can make what could have been a no-gain into a 54-yard touchdown. He’s a special player, and we try to get the ball in his hands.”
He finished the game with 15 carries for 111 yards, caught three passes for 42 yards and threw a pass for 31 yards.
Read more: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2010/10/10/1300998/hardaway-football-raul-echeverria.html#ixzz120pGPGd0
Hawks Hang on for Region Win
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Hardaway senior Austin Scott gained yards all over the field, sophomore quarterback Joseph Gibson produced a mature performance, and junior safety Ivan Cobb delivered a clutch defensive play as the Hawks edged Bainbridge 21-20 Friday night.
Scott produced more than half of Hardaway’s 328 yards total yards and scored two touchdowns. He made four catches for 104 yards and rushed 12 times for 101 yards. He also had three punt returns for 37 yards.
Gibson completed 15 of 23 passes for 166 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
“No mistakes,” Hardaway coach Jeff Battles said. “That’s what we ask of him. Four of those incompletions were balls he threw away to avoid sacks.”
Tied 7-7 in the second quarter, Scott scored on an 81-yard pass play from Gibson, then his 34-yard touchdown run gave the Hawks a 21-7 lead in the third quarter.
Bainbridge mounted a comeback, closing the gap to one point with 10:26 left in the game. But the extra-point kick hit the crossbar after the Hawks put on heavy pressure and rushed the kick.
Bainbridge had two more drives into Hardaway territory, but the Hawks stiffened when it counted. On the last Bainbridge possession, Cobb tipped away the fourth-down pass around the 40-yard line.
“Our defense played a superb game,” Battles said.
And the Hardaway offense controlled the ball in the first half to allow the defense to stay fresh.
“Our offensive line did a much better job of creating holes this week,” Battles said.
Read more: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2010/10/02/1290755/hardaway-football-hawks-deliver.html#ixzz11MQ6wPwf
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Hardaway Lineman Challenge - Saturday, June 19
Eight teams competed on Saturday, June 19 in the 2nd Annual Lineman Challenge. It was a fun, competitive time for all of the competitors. Here are the Team and Individual results.
1st Place - Hardaway
2nd Place - Wheeler County
3rd Place - Brookstone
4th Place - Pacelli
1st Place - James Triplett - Hardaway
2nd Place - Gerald Williams - Pacelli
3rd Place - Anthony Huff - Pacelli
4th Place - Brandon Travis - Wheeler County
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Hardaway represented well in GA/AL All Star Game
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2010 National Signing Day
1 AAAA ALL REGION FOOTBALL AWARDS
Austin Scott - WR
Walter Jackson - LB
OL - Eddie Stewart (JR)
OL - Mitchell Riley (JR)
QB - Marcus Smith (SR)
ATH - Austin Scott (JR)
OL - Dearrius Dickens (SO)
WR - Shelbe Gregg (SR)
DB - D'Andre Toney (SR)
All Purp Def - Ivan Cobb (SO)
K - Evan Scott (SR)
Congratulations to these players.
On Wednesday, December 9, the Golden Hawks celebrated their yearly awards banquet. Here are some of the highlights:
MVP: Austin Scott (JR)
Defensive POY: D'Andre Toney (SR)
Co Offensive POY: Marcus Smith (SR)
Co Offensive POY: Austin Scott (JR)
Special Teams POY: Evan Scott (SR)
Congratulations to all of our Award winners!
Four Hardaway Hawks play for TEAM GEORGIA
In the 1st Indoor Football Classic, held at the Columbus Civic Center, four Hardaway seniors played in a winning effort as the Georgia All-Stars defeated the Alabama All Stars.
Danoris Scott - DB, Richie Schott - LB, Dominque Raliegh - DL, and Justin Quattlebaum - OL all participated for the Georgia Team.
Coach Jeff Battles also participated as the Offensive Line Coach for the team.