After the starting the year on 0-2, the Hawks won their second straight game by defeating the Durant High School Tigers 36-6 in Region 2-1A football action here Friday night at Herman (Coach) Smith Field. Shaw improved to 2-2 and 1-0 in the region, while Durant fell to 3-1 with an 0-1 mark in the region.
One aspect of Shaw’s game that has improved is its ground attack. In the first two weeks of the year, the Hawks rushed for 105 yards with one touchdown on 49 rushes. The last two weeks, Shaw has rushed for 421 yards with seven touchdowns on 58 carries. In Friday night’s game against Durant, Shaw rushed for 147 yards with four touchdowns on 22 carries. Freshman running back Reggie Scott led Shaw with 105 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.
“It’s big for us to finally get our running game,” Shaw High head coach Kendrick Smith said. “We’re going to have our running game if we’re going to do anything in the playoffs. It’s a positive that we’re moving the ball, but we’re still making several mistakes. We’re not allowing ourselves to be as effective as we should be. There are small things that we still need to work on.”
Smith was more than pleased about the fact the Hawks started their region schedule with a win.
“That’s the most important stat for us right now,” Smith said. “Even though we played a sloppy game, we’re 1-0 in the region and we have time to get those things worked out and continue to get much better as a football team.”
The Hawks jumped on the board first in the first quarter as Scott marched on a three-yard touchdown with 8:40 left on the clock to make the score 6-0.
In the second quarter, Durant scored a touchdown to tie the game, but Shaw battled back as Scott galloped on a three-yard TD run to make the score 12-6 which ended up being the score going into halftime.
The Hawks kicked their offense into high gear in the second half. Scott marched on a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The two-point conversion after the TD made the score 20-6. In the fourth quarter, Andre Pruitt threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Octavius Stimage and Jermarquis Stimage marched on a three-yard touchdown run. Malik Walker caught a pass from Pruitt for a two-point conversion, and Scott galloped on a two-point conversion run to make the final 36-6.
Shaw’s defense did an exceptional job by recording three interceptions and five pass break-ups. Lerandel Allen led the Hawks against by racking up 16 tackles, an interception and a pass deflection, followed by Travelle Ware with nine tackles, Justin King with eight tackles, Xavius Loggins with eight tackles and a sack and Jasprell Dillard and Jermarquis Stimage with an interception each.
Shaw will be back in action on Friday when the team travels to Shelby to play Broad Street for another region showdown.