The Gretna Hawks’ football team had a big win over a big rival.

The Hawks defeated the Altavista Colonels, 62-12, Friday night on the road, despite the Colonels hanging around for most of the first half.

“Altavista played well early,” head coach Cole Simpson said. “They had a good game plan - running, slowing the game down, holding the ball.

“They did what you’re supposed to do when you’re overmatched.”

The Colonels briefly held the lead when they scored on a 32-yard touchdown run on their first possession to go up, 6-0.

A 35-yard run by Daelyn Miller and an extra point from Rey Canares gave the Hawks a 7-6 lead to end the first quarter.

A big run from Jorden Berger and a long pass to Dominik Meeks set up a short touchdown run from Tabron Mabins for a 13-6 lead.

The Hawks ended the first half scoring with a 71-yard run by Miller for a 21-6 lead.

Cornelius Jefferson recovered the short kick from Altavista to start the second half.

Isaiah Griffin scored on runs of five and 64 yards to extend his team’s lead in the third quarter, 35-6.

Mabins ended the third quarter of scoring by juking his way into the end zone on a two-yard run.

After a score from the Colonels early in the fourth, RJ Stone ran in a short touchdown for a 42-12 lead.

Caleb Ferguson took over the latter part of the fourth, scoring on a 38-yard run and returning a fumble for a touchdown.

“That’s the way it works,” Simpson said of his team’s second half performance. “As the game goes on, we wear on you.”

Miller led the team with nine carries for 142 yards.

“He’s very explosive,” Simpson said. “He has another gear. He has everything you want in a running back. 

“I don’t know why more schools aren’t looking at him as a running back.”

Griffin finished with five carries for 92 yards.

Berger ran 12 times for 77 yards.

Meeks had a 26-yard run and two catches for 24 yards.

Mabins completed three of seven passes for 32 yards.

Berger led the defense with nine tackles. 

DeAndre Miller, Kyle Durham and Corlyn Witcher each had eight tackles.

Daelyn Miller finished with seven tackles.

Ferguson, Durham, Devonte Blair and Zoron Southern all had fumble recoveries.

Canare converted six extra points.

The Hawks host Thomas Jefferson High Friday for their homecoming game at 7 p.m.

“We just have to figure out how to start games like it’s the third quarter,” Simpson said.

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